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Forum topic by Brutal posted 09-29-2011 06:41 AM 1163 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-29-2011 06:41 AM

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First let me explain what i am trying to do. I am wanting to make a sealed shadow box for my son. I want to router notches into the 2 outer sides for the inner shelves to sit in. But i am having problems getting them to line up properly. The sides of this shadow box are 20inchs tall and my router table is jus to small to be able to do the inner notches on them like i want. I only do maybe 4 or 5 wood projects a year a side from what i do to my house and i cant see spending big money to make or buy a router table that would sit that much. Any advice for completeing what i have in mind? thanks guys I have tryed clamping my stock down lineing it up evenly drawing my lines, measureing the edge of the router, placeing a metal runner along it and clamping it down but some how i still get it wrong.

-- Brutal, some where in Kansas

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#1 posted 09-29-2011 01:40 PM

Hmmm that sounds odd that you cant get them to line up even when using that method..
I am not sure what equipment you have but you could try maybe using a Dado head cutter? Using the fence as a stop in conjunction with the mitre gauge or simply running them on the fence (at the same time even if you are daring and dumb) will keep them in alignment.
If you are doing it with a router and thats your only option try a simple jig like this…
Make basicaly an L. The bottom part of the L is attatched to the long part make a simple fence which self squares it self when it comes in contact with a straight edge. This might help.

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#2 posted 09-29-2011 04:02 PM

I would cut them at the same time. Square them up mark them, set up a straight edge/square as a cutting guide and have at it. Often when I’m making a shallow box or cabinet, I’ll use stock twice as wide as I need and rip it to the needed dimension after I have all my cross cut work done. This works well when you need an easy way to insure both even shelves/dividers and equal sides.

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#3 posted 09-29-2011 07:09 PM

I agree with PutnamEco. Either cut both dados on both sides at the same time, clamped together, or cut the dados with a router or a dado blade in a table saw and then rip the sides to the correct width.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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