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02-24-2015 10:21 PM

I cant post a picture but I can explain what I am trying to build. I am trying to build a : 24” Teak Shower Bench – From the Grate Collection. I have looked everywhere for the plans or just instructions. I want to put this in the shower of our house. I want to build the grated pattern for the seat and storage area below. I have a router, router table with fence (Rockler) and a Dewalt portable table saw (I don’t “think” it will accept a dado blade). I also have the regular tools: drill, compound mitre saw, drill press,... I believe that this will be enough to complete this task. Ant one have any ideas? My only guess thus far is creating a jig to be used on the router table. Thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 02-24-2015 10:34 PM

In my opinion you are going to need a table saw to build that.

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#2 posted 02-24-2015 10:50 PM

I Googled “shower bench from the Grate Collection” and found a wide variety of images of a whole host of bench styles. You will need to give us a bit more information to help you out. Can you post a link to a specific picture???

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#3 posted 02-24-2015 11:04 PM

http://www.aquateak.com/bath-and-shower-seating/24-teak-shower-bench-from-the-grate-collection-339/

I agree with bondogaposis. Theoretically you can do just about anything with a router, or hand tools for that matter, but that particular design has tablesaw written all over it. Lots and lots of ripping and cross-laps with dado blade.

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#4 posted 02-24-2015 11:35 PM

bobro: that is the exact one I would like to build.

I have a table saw. Its a dewalt compact job site 10”. I don’t think it can use a dado blade though. I haven’t tried it yet but I though I read that somewhere. Can this be done without a dado blade?

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#5 posted 02-24-2015 11:49 PM

Yes, it could be done without a dado blade, but with many caveats. The kerf of a dado blade is just the same as the combined kerfs from numerous passes with a single blade. Obviously, there are many potential problems associated with the repeated passes required to hog out a wider groove. For example, the dado blade has the advantage of reproducibly making the same width cut. I agree with the others that your really need a saw that can handle a dado blade to make this project. It “could” be done with a simple table saw, or with hand tools for that matter, but that would be a real challenge. My gut feeling is that someone made lattice work like that well before the invention of the table saw and dado blade, but you do not want to repeat that process.

Yes, you could make the lattice work with a router table. I wouldn’t recommend it, but it could be done.

Each tool in the shop has its own repertoire of tasks that it performs well, and some tasks that it could accomplish but which are best left to other tools. For this project you need a table saw that can handle a dado blade.

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#6 posted 02-25-2015 12:04 AM

I may need to build a different teak shower bench. this might be more complicated than my tools (and my skills)will allow me to work effectively.

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#7 posted 02-25-2015 12:16 AM

You could do the cross laps of the lattices with a hand held router. Gang the boards into one big board and route across in a single dado.

This would work great, with one problem: you’d have to work with dead accuracy. If the dado is cocked (ie your fences off ) even the slightest from perpendicular to the boards, the errors will add up to a lattice that won’t fit together. Whereas with a dado blade on a table saw, even if you get a little off here, a little off there, the errors will even out in general and you might have to poke at it a bit with hand tools to get it to all fit squarely but no big deal.

If you visual it or draw it out you’ll see what I mean. This is the difficulty of any kind of ganged cutting: it’s fast, theoretically the most accurate, you’ve got a nice surface for a router, and so on, but if you’re askew, the error is compounded.

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#8 posted 02-25-2015 12:29 AM

I was considering buying a few larger pieces and routing them out and THEN cutting them into strips. But like you said any little error becomes compounded with more pieces. I might try it with plywood just to see what happens first. I’ve seen a lot of other shower benches on here that I like too. no plans though…

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#9 posted 02-25-2015 12:40 AM

Yes, I was just going to add that personally, I’d route across several 8 inch boards or however wide the boards you have are, and then rip them into the lattice members, but any way you slice it you have to be accurate. Using the tools you have, using a hand router for the cross laps and a table saw for rips is the best solution, as far as I can see.

-- Lao Ma: You are so full of anger and hatred. Xena: Everybody's gotta be full of something.

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#10 posted 02-25-2015 05:01 AM

You should realize that sitting on the bench will leave a lattice imprint on your butt. You’ll need to wear clothes until the imprint fades. Otherwise it could be embarrassing.

(I actually do remember seeing an article in a photo magazine, long ago, about a club which had hired a nude model. When they went to do their shoot, they were dismayed to see she had been sitting on a wicker chair)

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