389 Samantha’s Bookcase Construction Pt 2

October 15, 20095 Comments

In the last episode of Samantha’s Bookcase project, we covered ripping sheets of plywood to their rough sizes. For a small shop this can be a daunting task, but not impossible if you plan it correctly. A big part of my planning is not worrying about taking the cuts to their final dimensions yet, but simply getting them in the ball park and then coming back at a later time and cleaning them up.

For today’s episode we’ll visit the process of crosscutting. Again, depending on the size of your shop, this can be a daunting task. But we have a number of options available from tablesaws, to circular saws and even hand tools…handsaws and planes…even with plywood.

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  1. Jim Hallada says:

    Matt, love how you’ve done these videos with all the “real” happening in the process…router tip, hoses hanging up, etc. LOL, we don’t like to admit it, but that’s the way it is. Most videos you see people take all that stuff out to make the process look “smooth” and make them look so professional. Bah, nobody’s perfect, and we all have our shop disfunctions we have to deal with. Weird how funny it is watching someone else struggle with this stuff, but not so when your doing it yourself [grin]. Loving it can’t wait to see the rest.

    • Matt says:

      Thanks! If I cut this footage out the videos would’ve been a lot shorter lol.

      But I agree though that leaving mistakes in is a better teacher than hiding reality.

      Thanks for watching.

  2. Ken F says:

    Matthew,
    The show was great as always. I’m waiting in anticipation for the next episode.
    I completely forgot about the dado router bits it look like they worked good with fantastic
    Results,
    Thanks.
    You are one master ninja with a handsaw.

  3. kosta says:

    yo whats up matt I have never seen a festool router make that much dust before lol

  4. Torch02 says:

    When cutting the dados for the shelf, you mentioned that cutting them both at the same time helps prevent tearout. It also is great for ensuring alignment of the shelf when the piece is upright. So long as the bottoms of each side are aligned when you route the dado, the shelf should be level when assembled.

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