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Forum topic by oopsboardstretchrplz posted 05-25-2011 10:00 PM 2299 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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oopsboardstretchrplz

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05-25-2011 10:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: toybox

For the last 6 months or so I’ve become interested in woodworking and really excited about it. I’ve been acquiring tools (learning what they do & how to use them), reading a TON on the internet & even joined the local woodworkers club. It’s been great fun so far.

The only things I have built so far are a couple planter tables for the back deck, firewood box, workbench, lumber storage cart on casters, a couple other easy things and bath medicine cabinet. All these projects were assembled using simple butt joints.

In my next project (toybox for niece), I want to try diff’t joinery. I was thinking about using rabbets. In order to keep my material costs low (since there is a good chance I will make more than a few errors along the way, which is ok as long as I learn something from them), I was gonna use some decent 3/4” plywood. Downside of this is that the edgegrain on plywood looks bad. I have enough cherry to trim toybox w/ and cover the plywood edges. I thought I could just paint the ply and trim w/ stained hardwood?

A few notes:
I ‘m sure I have all the necessary tools needed for this project.
I guess I’m just anxious to joining the material together a way other that 1000 screws. I have a lil air compressor (w/ a 16&18 ga. nailer). Rabbets, a few nail to tack into place & glue should work well, yes???

TYVM in advance for any advice, thoughts & help!!!

-- When there's frost on the pumpkin... it's time for chubby dunkin'!


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Bertha

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#1 posted 05-25-2011 10:03 PM

Sure, a rabbet will work for a small toybox. A pneumatic nailer pressurized appropriately and a bit of wood filler should do the trick. I’m sure you’re aware that there are iron-on hardwood banding available at even the local big box stores. Are you planning to cut the rabbet using your router? Once we get a better idea of your project, I’m sure the good ideas will come streaming in. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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oopsboardstretchrplz

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#2 posted 05-25-2011 10:18 PM

Yes, I do plan to cut rabbet using router.

btw, the dimensions i plan to use are 19h X 38l X 19w. I went w/ this size b/c the leftover (from a full sheet) material allows for me to make a smaller version (kind of a test run) w/ dimensions: 9h X 18l X 9w

-- When there's frost on the pumpkin... it's time for chubby dunkin'!

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DLCW

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#3 posted 05-26-2011 08:24 PM

Another way to join the corners with plywood is using mortise and tenon joinery. Use the router to cut the mortises and the tablesaw to cut the tenons. Then you can use glue to put it all together. The plywood ends that are exposed can have iron on edgebanding applied. This way you can with paint, stain or clear coat the project and hide the plywood edges.

I’ve attached a couple of pictures that show a simple mortise and tenon joint you can make using a 1/4” router bit and your tablesaw. To round over the tenons simply use a wood file.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - http://www.dlwoodworks.com - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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oopsboardstretchrplz

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#4 posted 05-26-2011 10:47 PM

Thanks Don, I like this idea.

I put together the smaller version of the box last night. The rabbets turned out pretty good for a rookie. Gonna go w/ M/T on the toybox tonight.

I’ve spent about 3 hrs total working w/ my router…I sure would like to have a router table. The straight edge works fine but, as you all know, sure would be faster w/ one. I need a bigger workbench too (one i have now is 5’X2’). I just bought a used delta 36-979TS off CL. Sounds like its time for me to research how to build a router table, possibly incorporate the router table, TS and bigger workbench into one? I’m working out of my garage and space is an issue. Here we go…

-- When there's frost on the pumpkin... it's time for chubby dunkin'!

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DLCW

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#5 posted 05-27-2011 05:36 PM

Do you have an edge guide for your router? If not, you can also take a scapre piece of wood with a nice straight edge and double sided sticky tape it to the baseplate of your router to create the edge guide. I do this all the time on my little trim router. Until I got edge guides for my large collection of routers (8 and counting – yes, they all have dedicated uses in a commercial shop) I just used the stick on wood edge guide method. works great.

The next project I put up here along with a Sketchup model will be a router table caninet with a nice fence and lots of drawer storage and dust collection. Give me a few days to get the model put together. As with other projects I do you can scale up or down as your needs dictate.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - http://www.dlwoodworks.com - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#6 posted 05-27-2011 05:49 PM

I’m not familiar with that table saw but you might want to consider a router table extension wing. I’ve got the BenchDog cast iron top on my vintage JET TS. I had to tap and thread the rails but it wasn’t that bad.

I think I got the top and 3 1/2 HP Triton for under $600 total.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 05-28-2011 05:08 PM

Have you ever thought about pocket hole joinery i.e. Kreg jig.Thay make vary strong joints and easy to use! check out Youtube :Kreg jig sorry I don’t have the link but you can Google it.

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