|Forum topic by NBeener||posted 10-30-2010 05:50 PM||2307 views||1 time favorited||47 replies|
10-30-2010 05:50 PM
Quick and dirty….
I’m well into building a tapered QSWO wine display tower, for some friends.
I had my 3’ x 1’ side panels all glued up, sanded, and the 1-1/2” holes cut, with a Forstner bit, on the DP, for the wine bottles to hang by their little necks.
Then, I went to cut the stopped dados, with my router and a clamp-on straight edge. This sort of thing:
I got halfway through the second dado, and the clamp slipped. Didn’t notice it right away.
Ohhhhhh, did IT bugger up the dado.
Figuring I had nothing to lose, I set about to cut the next dado.
THIS time, I cut all the way across the panel, FORGETTING that I was supposed to stop.
You know … STOPPED dado.
So … I stepped back, took a DEEP breath, and let fly with EVERY swear word I knew, in EVERY language that I knew them in.
I may even have invented a few new ones.
HUGE credit to Grizz for coming up with a GREAT idea of how to patch it all up, by using cleats and trim caps. But … in my heart … I KNEW I was headed back to the lumber yard, to drop $60, and FIX my total screw-up.
Don’t trust those clamp-on straight edge guides. Make sure you KNOW their strengths and weaknesses and HOW to best use them. In my case, using C-Clamps to clamp the bar ONTO the wood is the least I would do.
Also … if you’re doing a stopped dado, then set up a stop block that prevents you from going all the way to each edge.
I’m going to build a dado jig, this morning, and try it out on scrap. I’ll use small C-Clamps or 6” F-body clamps to secure the jig to the panels.
If I CAN do a decent job at stopped dados, then I’ll re-make my panels and give it another try. If I simply CAN’T do a decent stopped dado, then I’ll probably use another kind of joinery for this project.
Long story, short: don’t do what I did, and make darned sure that—if you’re at all tired—you stop working. I KNOW I was well past my usual 60 minute stop time. In fact, I was well into hour two. I was having fun. I had momentum. I was in the groove.
Or … in the dado, I guess ;-)
Humbly, and … $50 poorer ….
-- -- Neil