Office Shelves

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Project by dannmarks posted 10-01-2019 12:36 AM 605 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Office shelves made of Oak with a butcher block top shelf. Really enjoyed making these. First time doing dados with a router. Have always used dado blades on the table Saw. Good thing I practiced on scrap wood though. Have to take much smaller cuts than I thought. My first dados simply were a mess. However the ones on the actual shelves are very close and worked perfect. Wife wanted it unstained which was wonderful because I am a little sick of dark stained Oak at this point. Well I hope y’all like them. But most important is that the wife loves them.

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#1 posted 10-01-2019 02:50 AM

Looks great. I am definitely in the camp of picking one router bit to cut shelf dados, rather than mess with a dado stack trying to get just the right amount of chippers, and shims.

I start by eyeballing for the bit I feel will be the best match against the edge of the shelf part, then you only need to cut a 3 or 4” long Dado into some scrap to see if you are on. I rarely have to try a second bit doing it this way, and the Dados are easy once you have the bit. For shelves, do a Dado across the entire width of plywood, then rip the sides from that. Unless you swap end for end your dados will always be exactly the same height, without a lot of measuring.

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#2 posted 10-01-2019 10:15 AM

Very nice work.

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#3 posted 10-01-2019 10:45 PM

All solid oak. But I did do exactly as you suggested and clamp all supporting boards together and made the dados across all at the same time. Your right. Thanks for commenting…

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#4 posted 10-03-2019 07:37 PM

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