|Project by SawdustTX||posted 10-22-2012 11:02 PM||8887 views||7 times favorited||11 comments|
For an Architecture class at Texas A&M, my daughter had to design a piece of furniture using a full sheet of plywood, with zero fasteners or glue. She of course made it difficult and designed a free standing corner shelf over 6 feet tall with cantilevered shelves and glass insets.
We had a great time building it. Precision was critical for everything to fit together very tight for a strong unit. I can say almost a year later it’s still strong.
We cut the 64 tabs by gang clamping the 8 shelves and running them over the table saw blade on a sled. Unfortunately I didn’t have a stacked dado at the time, so it took a bunch of passes. Then we cut all the slots with a template jig and plunge router you can see in the fourth picture.
The last picture is a footstool we made from the cutoffs, since the project was supposed to use as much of the sheet of plywood as possible. Also no fasteners, no glue. Hammered it together and it’s held very tight with use.
We added a flush mounted LED downlight that projects through the glass inserts.
Now I just to finish it. For our contemporary styled house, I’ll edge band the ply and paint the whole thing black.