Questions About Amount To Leave Solid Trim Proud Of The Case And Shelves

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Forum topic by Targa posted 02-01-2014 08:37 PM 895 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-01-2014 08:37 PM

I’m building a bookcase (first woodworking project) with the case and shelves made from red oak plywood and the face frame and shelf front and back edges from solid red oak lumber.

I am at a point in the construction where I’m about to attach the solid edges to the shelves and then build and attach the face frame but have a few questions. My plan is to leave the shelf edges and face frame slightly proud and then trim them flush with my router.

Here are my questions:

1. Is leaving the edges and face frame about 1/32” proud too much or just about the right amount?

2. Will my Dewalt 1 1/4 hp model DWP611 router have any trouble trimming 1/32” in a single pass?

Thanks for your help

-- Dom

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#1 posted 02-02-2014 01:40 AM

Hi Dom,

Congrats on taking on your first project! 1/32 per side should work well for your face frames, and your router shouldn’t have any problem with that. It might not be a bad idea to try the setup on a piece of scrap to be sure that you like it.

On the shelves, I usually try to get them as perfectly flush as I can, which is easy enough if you are overhanging the edge banding on one side so you only have to glue one side flush. If you take your time on the glue-up this is pretty straightforward, and you can just do a quick clean-up with a random orbital sander. If you like the router flush trim setup, that is a good approach as well but you will want to lightly sand after that anyway.

Good luck with your project.

-- PaulMayer,

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