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    Starting my first project - cabinet

    I'm starting what I consider my first real project. I'm going to try to build some cabinets to put on the sides of the fireplace. Never done anything like this. I was told to take pictures while I'm creating it and not just at the end, so here goes.

    Today I rough cut the two sheets down to manageable sizes so I could rip/crosscut the final sizes. Tomorrow I may try to start on the rabbet/dados. The pictures aren't anything special - just more for 'historical purposes'.

    http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?cat=3079

    Last weekend I created the crosscut sled so it would hopefully make the crosscuts easier. Watched the Wood Whisperer and William Ng's youtube videos for what it should be like and how to get it square. For the tablesaw I was cutting the plywood off the back of my truck with the circular saw and learned that the plywood has to be supported on both sides or at the end of the cut it basically tears away. oops. That got me to go get that insulation and to cut the plywood on the table today.

    For the most part the sled helped except for the 4 side pieces that were about 45 inches. I couldn't use a stop block because of the length, so I cut 2 pieces at a time so even if they're not the exact height at least they're the SAME height.

    I made one mistake with measuring but I noticed it almost right away and had enough extra plywood to make another piece.

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    Re: Starting my first project - cabinet

    Looks like you're off to a great start!
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    Re: Starting my first project - cabinet

    Looks like you're off to a great start!
    Ditto that! I went back and looked at your SketchUp file in "monochrome" view as a refresher.

    Tomorrow I may try to start on the rabbet/dados.
    Warning! 3/4" plywood is 23/32" t, not 3/4". A 3/4" router bit or dado blade setup is an "oops"!

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    Re: Starting my first project - cabinet

    Looks like you've made a fine start. Remember, there are no mistakes when you measure, you'll only making stock for your next project.
    Measure twice... cut once... SCREAM LOUDLY... get another board

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    Yep. I read about the 3/4 is not really 3/4, so I was going to play with some of the scrap to
    figure out what I need to do.

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    Re: Starting my first project - cabinet

    I found this link for how to do it with a router - I'm thinking I can do the same thing with a 1/2" dado blade.

    http://www.woodmagazine.com/woodwork...es-for-plywood

    But since I'm here, what do you think is a better way to do it? Table saw or router? Table saw seems like it'd be faster assuming I can create stop blocks.

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    Re: Starting my first project - cabinet

    No dado stack for the table saw?
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    Re: Starting my first project - cabinet

    I have one but I've never used it - I know I can make a 3/4" dado, but I'll have to figure out if I can make a 22/32 with the shims. I've only played with the easy sizes - I haven't played with the shims.

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    Re: Starting my first project - cabinet

    You're stack should have come with a stack guide. If you no longer have it, you can find it online.

    And it's 23/32 not 22/32. 22/32 is 11/16.

    What brand stack do you have?
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    Re: Starting my first project - cabinet

    Freus. Or s a guide for 23/32. I'll try in a test piece.
    20170910_114830.jpg

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    Re: Starting my first project - cabinet

    Quote Originally Posted by dazart View Post
    Freus. Or s a guide for 23/32. I'll try in a test piece.
    20170910_114830.jpg
    Following the guide and using the correct shims should give you dead nuts as to what the guide says. But indeed, always test!

    Also, I didn't think about it but if your plywood came from a Borg, then it could very well be 22/32 but remember that's 11/16.

    A set of calipers are your friend.

    [Edit] Not understanding "stop blocks" for a dado cut on a table saw.
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    Re: Starting my first project - cabinet

    You don't have to make a 23/32" dado stack with shims, just make your dado a little bit thinner/narrower.

    1. A 5/8" w dado stack (usually that's 5 blades) = 20/32" (not 23/32") for the case sides on the table saw.

    2. A 3/32" rabbet on the ends of each shelf to fit in the 20/32" dadoes.

    The shelves are still pretty strong enough even without your face frame on the front.
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    Re: Starting my first project - cabinet

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff View Post
    You don't have to make a 23/32" dado stack with shims, just make your dado a little bit thinner/narrower.

    1. A 5/8" w dado stack (usually that's 5 blades) = 20/32" (not 23/32") for the case sides on the table saw.

    2. A 3/32" rabbet on the ends of each shelf to fit in the 20/32" dadoes.

    The shelves are still pretty strong enough even without your face frame on the front.
    Why go through the extra trouble and extra setup cutting the rabbet?

    I'm sure I'm missing something.
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    [Edit] Not understanding "stop blocks" for a dado cut on a table saw.

    I want to make sure I cut the dado at the same height/spot on both side pieces.

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    Re: Starting my first project - cabinet

    Quote Originally Posted by Wyatt Co. View Post
    Why go through the extra trouble and extra setup cutting the rabbet?

    I'm sure I'm missing something.
    The simpler solution would be a 23/32" router bit for the whole shebang but that's not usually an off the shelf item at a BORG.

    I'm sure I'm missing something.
    Not really, and there is no extra setup other than typical saw/fence adjustments.

    Only one dado blade stack setup that's 5/8" thick. Raise and lower the cut depth as needed on the table saw. Adjust the sacrificial fence on the saw to get the needed width of the rabbet which may be something around +/- 3/8". The rest of the original 5/8" w dado stack is buried in the wood sacrificial fence.

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