|Forum topic by RickR||posted 2243 days ago||7304 views||0 times favorited||18 replies|
2243 days ago
So I’m a bit short on tools in general – I don’t have a table saw, or a jointer/planer, etc. I’m picking up a router in the next few weeks and I have a project in mind for it already. I’m putting together a set of shelves for my closet. Very basic, will consist of pre-finished 3/4” plywood like Norm Abram is using on the kitchen cabinets he’s building in the latest NYW series in building up a full kitchen. Two sides with a number of fixed and adjustable shelves (about 7 or so.) I’m thinking I can probably get by with my circ saw and router along with some good, long straight edges. I’ve got a Kreg pocket hole kit and was thinking I’d use that with some dados/rabbets for the joinery. It will only have two sides and the shelves – no back. But since it will be plywood, I was thinking of using some poplar (to keep costs down as I already have some) to make some simple face frames. The face frames would be about 1-1/4 or so and the stiles would be flush to the sides on the inside (overhanging the outside edges) and the rails would be flush to the surface of the shelves and hang below the edge of the shelf.
Ok, now that I’ve drawn a fairly complete picture – here’s my idea. So I don’t go nuts with pocket holes for attaching the face frame, I was thinking of what Norm did for his face frames – He cut a properly sized groove on the plywood carcass – all the way around (to avoid having to use the biscuit jointer all around the plywood) and then he cut an appropriately sized slot for the biscuit on the face frame. Here’s my idea – use the router to route a groove on both the plywood AND the face frame. Then just buy some biscuits and avoid buying the biscuit jointer this time around. Any flaws in my logic?
Also – do you think the dados/rabbets and the face frame are enough to keep the unit square? I plan on hanging it on the wall with a french cleat (I think that’s what they are called)
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