Crib for Granddaughter #2: Ship Lap Day

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Blog entry by GrumpyCub posted 10-24-2020 09:53 PM 651 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well today was all about ship lap.The first step to adding the ship lap to the headboard is to cut a dado into each of the headboard legs. The dado will not go all the way to the bottom so we have to create a stopped dado.

I used my table saw to cut the dados, but as you can see, the curve of the table saw blade does not leave a clean, square stop to the dado.

In the past I have used a chisel to square up the end of a stopped dado, and I did that here to remove the bulk of the waste . However this does not leave the cleanest bottom in the dado groove. Enter the router plane! Gwanny got me this tool and it made cleaning up these dados so easy!

All squared up!

With the dados cut, it’s time to move on to the actual ship lap boards. In this case, I am using 1/2 inch oak plywood for the ship lap. Each board is cut to length and width before cutting the rabbets on the front and back.

Here you can see the rabbets cut on the front of one board and the back of another. the rabbets on the front are deeper than the ones on the back, which leaves a gap showing between the boards when they are together.

Voila, ship lap.

BONUS! Paige came to inspect the progress.

Pawpaw has a tendency to over-explain things.

But Momma seems happy with the progress.

aaaaaand now Sheba is happy too.

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#1 posted 10-24-2020 10:51 PM

Beautiful work. Sheba is happy with it – good to know – LOL.

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#2 posted 10-25-2020 06:25 PM

Nice work, I am enjoying your blog on this, as I have one to build for a client, in the future.

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#3 posted 10-30-2020 12:11 PM

Very nice! My son just told us the same news. It will be our first so I am really liking what I see and following!! Your great build even got me to quit just admiring all the great builds on this sight and sign up!

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#4 posted 11-03-2020 10:19 PM

Thank you all for the kind comments!

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