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Jon Hobbs

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#1 posted 08-18-2016 03:28 PM


So far this has been working well. I haven t glued or nailed yet, but I was able to turn out a LOT of parts at once. Rip a couple strips of BB, dado sides of one entire strip w/ full kerf blade, rabbet the sides of another entire strip, then use a stop block on my crosscut sled set to the height of the trays.

It’s amazing what happens when you chose the “right” dimensions. Production becomes muy efficient! It’s something I try to consider at the design phase. Sometimes aesthetics still trumps production efficiency, but it can be handy to dimension things with an eye toward the build process.


I m going un- merican and using mm for the tray heights in order to have equal clearance from the above shelf & pegs regardless of height. The magic number is a multiple of 32mm, followed by +8mm. So heights are 40mm, 72mm, 104mm, etc.

Brilliant! Have you heard of the 32mm system? Very popular in Europe.

-- Jon -- Just a Minnesota kid hanging out in Kansas


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