Custom Wood Furniture / handmade in Wichita, Kansas
Pushing a piece of lumber through a saw blade that is 3/4″ thick and spinning very fast can pull that piece of wood right out of your hands. Because of this fact, I try to create an environment that is as safe as reasonably possible when involved in cutting dadoes. There are three active components here, the machine with a big nasty spinning blade, the wood that’s going to be cut, and you the operator. Which one do you think will make a mistake?
This is another good use for a table saw sled. It helps hold the material perpendicular to the blade as we make the cut. A piece of scrap clamped to your 200 dollar fence saves the fence and the saw blade . This is where the woodworking term sacrificial fence comes from. Some woodworkers might say Its overkill to set up all this for a few dado cuts. I say to them “it only takes once”, then you have a ruined panel that you will have to remake and possible injury that could of been avoided. I’ve been injured and I have also remade panels.
Always spend a bit more money and buy a good dado blade set. Notice the lack of chipping that occurs cutting across the grain in the second picture.
Now that this is finished , its time to cut the top and bottoms then assemble the bookcase boxes.
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Cut the top,bottom, and backs and now have two more bookcase boxes. Only two more to build plus a desk and a ladder . I’ll start that tomorrow .