Maple/oak project/desk #4: Into the land of stopped dados, and miss-cut bottoms

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 06-30-2015 09:35 PM 1667 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, last time, I had the four sides about together. Clamped them up into a box like shape

As I needed some more layout work done. Had a 2’ x2’ sheet of 1/4” Oak plywood to try to cut into a bottom

And, in theory, I could just measure the two directions and mark things out… theory yes, in this shop….Nope. Measured three times, laid out the lines, cut leaving the lines….1” off on the front to back measure? Ok, We’ll deal with that in a bit.

Needed to chop a stopped dado into the side panels to house a divider. What to use as a divider…1/2” thick fancy plywood was almost the right size. Laid out for the dado, and a chisel to chop it out…

And notched that end of the divider. Tried to “knife the lines” ...meh….just used a wider chisel and a mallet to cut the lines in. Set this one aside for a bit. There is to be a center piece let into the front of this box…same routine…just a wider slot.

Got to give a wider size of that Aldi chisel set a go. Me Likey! In fact, itried all but the widest one today. No complaints, chisels held up. Didn’t even have to stop and re-hone, even.

Test fits all day long. Remember that too short panel? Well, made a bit shorter, as i had an idea. In did involve a square stick of oak, and some fancy notching…I can then route a few pencil grooves into the Oak “filler”. Underneath that filler strip, there is a joint where two plywood panels meet. Will glue them to the Oak during assembly.

The center divider now needed a sloped section to match the slope of the sides. Sliding bevel gauge to set the angle, bandsaw to trim it to the line, block plane to clean off saw marks. The Oak filler strip needed a slot to house the center piece, and the center piece needed a notch to match. Lots of trim this and trim that…

Finally got everything cut, notched, and hopefully fitted together…..

For a rough, (VERY rough) dry fit up. I think I MIGHT need a few more clamps come assembly time. I gues I could do a sub-assembly glue up, and then work to get the rest attached where they need to be..after I route a few pencil grooves….

Haven’t figured out WHERE I lost that 1” in the big plywood panel…...i just adapt, and carry on

Stay tuned…..we might get the glue bottle out later this week????

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 06-30-2015 10:41 PM

Progress be progress….

Off by an inch,you say….

Missed it by thaaaaaat much!!!

just a “design challenge”, that must be overcome…
I have faith, that you will prevail.

Maybe the “One Cell SketchUp” wasn’t fully charged!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 07-01-2015 01:10 AM

I thought that is what dividers are for.
Bookshelves work that way also.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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