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Forum topic by zipmac22 posted 06-17-2017 06:56 AM 1290 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-17-2017 06:56 AM

Hi Everyone,

I’m somewhat new to woodworking at the advanced beginners level and going to be making something similar to this cabinet/shelf unit. My question is what would be the best choice for the shelfs, i.e.: connecting the vertical and horizontal boards? I was thinking using the Kreg pocket jig, but not sure how they would work with the interior boards. I’m planning on making a dado cut for the base joinery. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

-- Chris, Central Texas

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#1 posted 06-17-2017 07:16 AM

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#2 posted 06-17-2017 02:57 PM

Dadoes would work best there too. All you need is a shallow (maybe 1/8 or 3/16”) dado in each side of the vertical pieces for the shelves to fit into. Don’t go too deep or you’ll weaken it.

Edit: It won’t matter as much if you’re painting it, but if it’s going to be stained and finished hardwood, do a stopped dado so you don’t see it on the front.

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#3 posted 06-17-2017 03:34 PM

I have to agree with Mr. Taylor. The 18 years I worked for the School District I built a few hundred cubbies for class rooms and I always dadoes the verticals with a 1/8 deep dadoes and rabbets.

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#4 posted 06-17-2017 03:54 PM

I took a different approach.
I made separate boxes, then put fillers in between each box to give it the Face Frame effect.
Otherwise dado as mentioned.

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#5 posted 06-17-2017 04:17 PM

Dados will provide alignment and since
you’re already using them on the base,
they won’t be much trouble if you structure
your work flow to cut them all at the same

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