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MikeJ70

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#1 posted 02-25-2021 11:28 PM

So it sounds like you only want to build cabinets once so a router bit set is probably not the best way to go. I’d suggest this blade: https://www.amazon.com/Freud-24T-Heavy-Duty-Blade-LM72M010/dp/B00004T78V/ref=sr_1_3_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=freud+heavy+duty+rip&qid=1614295068&sr=8-3-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExOVA3SFBNOEw1VTFBJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNzI1OTA2S1NIMjVHSTg4UU45JmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA0Njg5NjcxRVRQQTBMSDZYMlExJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ== . It’s the one I have and will produce flat bottoms. Take the time to set your saw up so you just have to make two passes with each board, one pass with each face of the board against the fence. It will center the groove and you don’t have to keep adjusting your fence.

My experience lately with plywood is the thickness varies greatly from sheet to sheet, so even the undersized plywood bits will not give you the proper fit. Some sheets will be too tight and some will be too loose. Same is true for mdf. When I made the doors and drawer fronts for our office upgrade I ended up bring a sample rail to the lumberyard to find a sheet of mdf that fit it properly.

If you can find it, some mdf core plywood comes in full 1/4” thickness. One of my local big box stores (Menards) used to stock it in Cherry, Oak and Maple and you could special order other species. Now what they stock is less than a 1/4” like typical plywood.

-- MikeJ


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