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11-07-2012 04:49 PM

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I am relatively new at wood working and have a couple little projects under my belt. So I recently built a box and put slots on the sides to hold the bottom in. I ended up building a jig and making multiple passes with a skil saw at slightly different distances from the edge to cut the slot. I know there is a better way and I prefer to stick to hand tools. I was looking at plow planes but can’t seem to find any for sale that aren’t antique and expensive. How do you more seasoned veterans cut slots for drawers or boxes?

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#1 posted 11-07-2012 04:52 PM

I think that youll find that most do it on the tablesaw to get accurate and repeatable cuts but im sure that with a router plane you could achieve what youre looking for. There’s a couple of homemade router planes posted around here or you could go with a Stanley #71 or the like. The skil saw isnt a bad idea either but a jig would be needed to make it repeatable.

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#2 posted 11-07-2012 04:57 PM

Table saw or router. Someone posted a tool gloat recently about a combination plane they picked up at a yard sale for about 20 pence. I think you’d get more use from a combination plane than the #71. There’s always #45’s and #50’s on ebay as well.


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#3 posted 11-07-2012 05:37 PM

Table saw and/or router. Depends on how the sides are joined, but typically those grooves must be stopped before the corner, which means you’d likely do stopped cuts with a router or perhaps use a table saw and then either a router or chisel to work toward the corner. This would be the case with box joints and dovetails. But if the corners are mitered or half-lapped, then I’d just do everything with the table saw.

The alternative is to use a different type of bottom construction or to use something like a #45.

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#4 posted 11-07-2012 05:49 PM

Sans a plane, you can use a saw to cut the edges down and clean up with a narrow chisel. The woodwright shop has an episode where they are cutting sliding dovetails and they use a long block set at 6* to cut down both sides and chisel out, do the same with a straight block.

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#5 posted 11-07-2012 09:40 PM

If your preference is hand tools, you might look into building a router plane. Here is an LJ link of a more simple but useful model can find them on ebay as well, but those usually generate a high number of bids and they are not as reasonable as other, more standard, types of planes.

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#6 posted 11-07-2012 11:25 PM

David, great link if it worked.. hee hee… ya left a ”.You” on the end.

I really like this little home made router plane, gonna have to make me one. Thanks for pointing it out.

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#7 posted 11-08-2012 12:10 AM

Thanks for correcting Ted. And for posting the proper link. I guess I should do that “preview” thing from time to time :)

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#8 posted 11-08-2012 12:35 AM

This might be the way you want to go.

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#9 posted 11-08-2012 12:57 AM

Well, although I prefer hand tools myself, grooves and dadoes are much easier to deal with on a router table. If you have nice clear stock, a plow is nice but as soon as you have any knots or weird grain, they get problematic. One of the little grooving planes like Lee Valley sells (or an old one in the same size) would be ok for small stuff.

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#10 posted 11-08-2012 01:12 AM

can always make one, or make a router plane (old lady’s tooth). a router plane can come in pretty handy in many scenarios.

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#11 posted 11-08-2012 04:40 AM

1. For making the groove, a Plow plane is what you want, not a router plane…

2. Another hand tool method (though not an efficient one) is to clamp a batton to the work to guiide your hand saw as you saw the long groove, one saw cut on each side, then chisel out the waste…sort of like they used to do to make a sliding dovetail…Like I said, probably not the way you want to go, but possible.

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