Ok I got some parts made. Time to start building this thing. I am going to attach the sides by putting the three panels in dadoes and gluing em. Well two rabbets and a dado but whos counting? My problem is on the two front sides I need to make stop dadoes. I’ve never done that before. What do you mean I can’t cut this on my table saw? I cut everything on my table saw. Well not stop dados tough guy your gonna have to learn this on the router. OK fine but that means I need a router fence. BAH! Well I’m cheesy and so is my router fence.
Router fence Check! I grabbed a big forstner bit and cut some holes at an, almost, random location and stuck a couple C clamps in there. My router “table” is really just a hole cut out of my assemble/work/outfeed table. That whole thing is just two sheets of ply slapped together so who cares about a couples holes?! I need to get this done! Thats my Triton 2 1/4 horse router in the table. Its a freakin awesome table router. It comes with that handle that you see laying on the bottom right corner of the pic there and does above the table height and bit changes.
So how do I make a stopped dado? I decided to make some pencil marks on the “fence” that would indicate where to stop. The position is based on the thickness of the drawer face because I want it to sit flush inside the case. If I measure it will be wrong so I just use the drawer face itself.
If I feed the piece from right to left and stop when the back edge hits that line then it SHOULD be perfect. Right?
Well here they are. Two pieces have the rabbets and the through dados and the other two have the rabbets and the stop dadoes. I squared them up with my chisels and they look ok. OK anybody see a problem with this picture?
Those stop dadoes are both right sides! I need a right and a left. I had to make two passes on the router table to get the dadoes wide enough for the board. So no matter how careful I tried to be the dados are not in the center of the pieces. That means we have left and right pieces. D’oh! Luckily there was enough scrap to make another one.
So here it is unglued just being set up for a once over to see where I’m at.
OK this is a simple beginner project but at this point I’m pretty stoked. I designed something and it actually appears to be turning out ok. Now if you think the design sucks thats fine but you have to admit that it looks like the picture doesn’t it?
I think thats as far as I got on weekend 4. Weekend 5 is coming up and that is not going to be enough time so I’m going to have to work on this during the week. My wife and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary on the 27th of this month and my gift was… you guessed it. Shop time. Next blog
Mid week: holes. lots of holes.
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