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Forum topic by trevor7428 posted 10-06-2016 12:34 AM 360 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-06-2016 12:34 AM

My grandma wants me to make this Domino tray, similar to the pic but with 4 rows. Im just trying to figure out how to route these grooves that are at a slight angle? Any ideas?

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion

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#1 posted 10-06-2016 12:36 AM

dado stack on a tablesaw would make short order of it.

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#2 posted 10-06-2016 01:49 AM

What cabmaker said ^^^^

Maybe a router jig with a base would work.

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#3 posted 10-06-2016 02:01 AM


The easiest way is as cabmaker suggested, tilting a dado stack and make bevels grooves. But in my shop, that would leave score marks of the bottom of the grooves requiring a lot of hand sanding to remove.

An alternative is to use the router table and a straight bit. The first step would be to face glue a sacrificial board to the workpiece. Once the pieces are glued together, a beveled re-saw cut could be made through the sacrificial piece, leaving the workpiece intact.

The second step would be to flip the workpiece over so that the beveled sacrificial face is resting on the router table. The router fence and the height of the router bit are set so that the groove is at the desired depth and location in the workpiece. The groove would run all the way through the sacrificial piece and into the workpiece. The fence and router bit height are readjusted for subsequent grooves.

The last step is to re-saw the sacrificial piece free from the workpiece.

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#4 posted 10-06-2016 04:27 PM

Instead of gluing it would carpet tape to secure just make sure your layout is not in the tape to gum up the bit?

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#5 posted 10-06-2016 07:44 PM

If it’s just one, keep it simple, dado stack and clean up with a chisel. Or router on an angled sled.


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