|Forum topic by MT_Stringer||posted 07-17-2014 03:13 AM||2252 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
07-17-2014 03:13 AM
No, this is not a question. It is simply a description of my efforts to make dadoes for drawer bottoms.
I am building 14 drawers which will have 1/4 inch bottoms using birch plywood from the big box store. I can’t remember where I read about using circular saw blades, but that is what I did and the results were great.
I bought a pair of regular 24 tooth 7 1/4 inch blades (general construction) at the big box store. I added a couple of shims and VOILA!, a plywood dado blade setup! It only took two tries to get the desired width, which allows just enough space for the panel to slide into the drawer stock.
I also made some crosscuts in the drawer sides, but the cuts weren’t real smooth. A little sanding took care of that. I would imagine a pair of blades with a lot more teeth would be better for the cross cuts.
But for ripping, the dadoes were smooth. And as you can see in the picture, I marked the shims so I can do this again in the near future for the last eight drawers.
Hope you find this info helpful.
Note: I do have a router bit made for undersize plywood, but this table saw method is just too easy.
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