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Forum topic by bdauby posted 12-31-2011 05:40 PM 1474 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-31-2011 05:40 PM

Hello fellow Lumberjocks,

This is my first post on LJ, so I want to do it right!

One of my favorite classes in school was wood shop. Made a couple really nice projects, and in the 20 years since those wood shop days I have often have moments of nostalgia when I see a nice piece of wood furniture, or smell wood being worked.

Well screw nostalgia – it’s been 20 years and it is time to set up shop!

This site has been a great resource for reading tool reviews and getting ideas (admittedly you have to filter some of the off topic stuff though). So I have just purchased my table saw and jointer, and am ready to get to work.

My first project will be a co-sleeper for my daughter, who will be joining the world in about a month! Was hoping someone could give me some tips on cutting the large box joints that is used to join the back and sides as shown in the attached picture. I do have a dado blade for my table saw.

Thanks in advance, looking forward to working some wood!

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#1 posted 12-31-2011 06:05 PM

Well the question is which way do you plan on cutting them. Unfortunately I can think of several.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#2 posted 12-31-2011 06:11 PM

Hey, welcome to LJ’s I don’t know how to advise you but, someone will come along before long and give you the help you need. Glad you joined!!

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 12-31-2011 07:03 PM

I would lay out the joint on a piece of scrap the same width as the proposed unit and cut it out with the dado blade. Use an auxiliary fence on the miter gauge.
Now, you can use this “pattern” to lay out and cut BOTH the side and back of one side. You may want to make up a complete set of joints from scrap to insure your pattern is adequate.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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