460 Walls of Shelves Pt. 2

June 17, 2011

In today’s episode we continue the construction of the “Walls of shelves” for my client by routing the dadoes for the fixed shelves and then ripping the sides to size.

Also we’ll cut the fixed shelves and create the blind rabbet joint that not only attaches the top fixed shelf to the sides, but will help to add some rigidity and strength to it.

Once this is all done, we’re about halfway through the construction phase and we can begin to move into the assembly of the shelves next week.

In the second half of today’s show I want to discuss a little bit about understanding the basics of the plywood grading system. Other than exterior vs interior plywoods, the biggest concern is understanding how the grading system can tell you which pieces are best for fine woodworking and which ones are more utilitarian.

In the episode I mention a great article at WOOD Magazine’s Website which is a nice basic look at understanding the grading system and what you can expect from the various grades of plywood. CLICK HERE TO VISIT.

Items mentioned in today’s episode you may want to add to your shop:
Plywood Router Bits
Kreg Tools
Kreg Precision Router Table Set Up Bars
Quick Clamps

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  1. Jack says:

    After the advertisement played, all I get is the message “Sorry, We’re unable to play this episode.”


    • Matt says:

      That’s weird. I’ve tried it on a few different devices and even through the links on the feed burner email and it’s running ok for me.

      I swear I didn’t code anything to block you LOL!

  2. Robert says:

    Hi Matt, Thanks for the information about the different grades of plywoods.
    As a noob to this , I always look forward to hearing from those that have more knowledge then I. This way I can always put this info in the back of the brains filing cabinet. I find myself constantly looking at how others have constructed their projects.Having tidbits of information stored, I question hmm If I were to do this , maybe I would use a different grade of lumber/wood.

    Keep up the great work and as always look forward to seeing your next video.


    • Matt says:

      Glad to help Robert. I’m still learning myself, but if there’s ever anything I can do to help with a project don’t hesitate to ask.

  3. Vic Hubbard says:

    I was wondering what blade or how dull it was because of the splintering I saw, until you showed how poorly the outside veneer was adhered. Geesh!! That’s some…not great plywood.

  4. Todd says:


    Nice project. I see you have a Festool router…Marc finally wore you down!!!

    • Matt says:

      I won’t give it up for anything…well not anything. Donation to the show from a “friend of the show”.

  5. james says:

    Great video Matt! I noticed that you did not have a festool dust collector but what looked like a plain ole shop vac connected to your Festool Router. How well did that work? If you have time could you post or email me a pic or two with that setup. I am wanting to add a couple Festools to my shop but don’t want the expense of a dust collector right now.

    • Matt says:

      Hi James,

      You’re right you saw my Festool router attached to a standard shop vac hose. I’ve been using my old shop vac with it for quite a few years now. In the video I used a standard 1-1/4″ shop vac hose. That particular diameter hose will fit into the dust shroud that comes with the Festool router I have. It does fit loose, so sometimes I grab my roll of blue tape and apply it to make it stay in place. I have yet to have any issues with this setup and the dust collection has been amazing.

      Recently I had a chance to try a new Rigid shop vac with a 1-7/8″ hose. I couldn’t believe it, but when I attached it to my Festool router rather than fitting IN the dust shroud like the 1-1/4″ diameter hose, it fit OVER it instead. The result was a tight fit without the need for blue tape. I think this will be my new go to hose for router work from now on.

      I hope this helps, and more importantly can save you a few bucks in the process. Let me know if you still want pics of the setup.

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