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Forum topic by Dovetail posted 11-24-2009 03:21 AM 1611 views 1 time favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-24-2009 03:21 AM

I have limited tool; a TS with a dado blade set, a Bosch router without the pluge base, a PC circular saw, and a Bosch jig saw. I am going to construct two small drawers using finger joinery (my first! first time making a finger joint jig too). I created a SketchUp model of my drawer (picture below). The problem for me is how do I not have the drawer’s bottom rabbets show through the finger joint? Impossible with the tools I have?

It was fun making the jig! :)

-- Dovetail

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#1 posted 11-24-2009 03:26 AM

If it were me with that tool line up I would use the router with stops at each end where the bottom dadoes would intersect

-- Jeff - Bell Buckle, TN

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#2 posted 11-24-2009 03:26 AM

One way would to hide them is to make stopped dadoes with the router or table saw. Another way would be to assemble the drawer without the bottom and use a rabbetting bit on the router and cut the rabbett, square the corners and set the bottom in

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#3 posted 11-24-2009 03:29 AM

You can do stop dados, stopping 1/2” or whatever distance is necessary from the ends. I wouldn’t try stop cuts with the table saw since the router would be much safer for this. If you don’t have a table for the router, or an edge guide, just set up a fence, any straight board will do, clamped down to run the router along and route your dados. Since you are only doing two drawers, it won’t be much problem to do it this way, just a lot of clamping and unclamping for eight boards. Does any of this make sense?

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#4 posted 11-24-2009 03:38 AM

Make a simple router table for your router and do stopped cuts by setting up stops. The ends will receive through cuts. Plan your stops to go in the center of one of the side fingers.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#5 posted 11-24-2009 07:49 PM

+1 on using the router with stopped dadoes. I would clamp a board where you are supposed to stop just to make sure you stop. You may need to clean up the round corners with a chisel. I recently did the same thing with a box made with dovetails. However, I have a router table so it was a little easier.

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#6 posted 11-24-2009 08:20 PM

Just to add to gizmodyne’s advice. If you want to make a simple router table in about an hour, here are the steps.
1) Take the baseplate off your Bosch router and lay out the center hole and screw holes on a piece of 3/4” MDF or 1/2” baltic birch ply.
2) Drill out the center hole for the router collect to fit through.
3) Drill and countersink the screw holes. (you will have to buy longer screws than what came with the router-get them from the nearest Ace Hardware)
4)Mount the router base by screwing it to the MDF table (without the baseplate).
5) Use a piece of MDF, hardwood, or plywood for your fence. Cut a U-shaped hole in it where the router bit comes through the table.
6) Use C-Clamps to hold the fence to the table. And the same type of clamps (or whatever clamps you have handy) to fasten the router table to your workbench.

Then use the “stops” method mentioned above to cut your hidden grooves.

-- Gerry

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#7 posted 11-24-2009 08:46 PM

Thank you all for your help! It amazes me how many things woodworkers make in order to make other things!

Late last night, I used my newly made finger joint jig to make a test joint. It came up perfect. The jig was constructed with one scrap piece of pine for the fence and ash plywood for the pin and spacer. Total cost: $0.0.

What I have been trying to do is to make things with the tools and materials I have in hands. I enjoy the challenge and think that I can learn a lot about woodworking at this stage with these limitations. I am sure that I will acquire more power tools as I progress. Next is either a bandsaw, planer, or jointer.

Anyway, I think the router table is the way I will proceed with this project. I am looking around my garage for material that I can use without having to run to Lowe’s/HD/Woodcraft. Well, I’ll need longer screws. :)

-- Dovetail

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#8 posted 11-25-2009 12:38 AM

You’ll never go wrong building your router tables, jigs, and fixtures from the cheapest materials you have lying around. It saves your dollars for really expensive tools and even more expensive hardwoods for projects.
Or at least saves you dollars to spend on expensive microbrews at the end of a day in the workshop-the typical reward I give myself

-- Gerry

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#9 posted 11-25-2009 01:10 AM

You could use medicken’s idea, but assemble the drawer without gluing it. Hold it together with clamps. Then install a slot cutting bit the same thickness as your drawer bottom with a bearing in your router table. Set the height accordingly and cut the dado. Un-clamp the drawer and re-assmble with the bottom. Would need to make sure the bearing will give you the right depth for the cut. Just my 2.

-- Rick

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#10 posted 11-25-2009 04:11 AM

This is my finger joint jig:

I am going to make zero clearance insert after I construct a router table. I’ll have built three things to make two drawers.

Keep the suggestions coming! They’re great!

-- Dovetail

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