|Forum topic by NBeener||posted 11-01-2009 10:25 PM||2558 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
11-01-2009 10:25 PM
I’m building a tool box for my soon-to-be 2 y/o StepGrandSon (?):
The sides and ends will have dado’s to accept the ply bottom. The instructions say this about making those dado’s, with a straight bit, on the router table:
With the dovetails completed, next we’ll need to cut the dadoes to hold the bottom of the toolbox. Since these dadoes will not extend the entire length of the sides and ends of the toolbox, we’ll use a straight-cutting bit in a router to cut the dadoes.
Place the inside of the stock (that you marked in a previous step) facing down toward the table and just above the router bit. Maneuver the piece so that the end of the piece is at the far mark on the fence, and ease the stock down onto the bit, holding it tight against the fence. Push the stock forward until you reach the back mark with the trailing edge of the stock, and then lift the piece off of the bit. Repeat with the other three pieces.
Is this as much of a crap shoot as it sounds?? I did what they said, but … it’s not great. I have a bit less than 1/2” margin after my initial “under cut it, and then cut TO my mark” efforts (with contact lenses, glasses, AND flip-down magnifiers on !!).
I think it’s going to be okay, but … is there a better way to do this? I thought about doing it from topside with my plunge router, but … there still seems to be some slop in the equation.
Is that just the nature of a cut like this? Close is close enough??
-- -- Neil