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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-05-2010, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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Default Wow, I never knew I could make a cut so straight!

So, I'm fairly new to fine woodworking. I've cut a fair share of 2x4s and stuff...but nothing that really needs too much precision.

I'm building a DVD shelf and unfortunately I don't have a table saw. So ripping/cross cutting with the circular saw. I made a little workbench out of particle board and I used my brand new Hitachi M12VC to flish route it. straight and smooth haha.

I also cut some dados today...freakin awesome. I was going to do stopped dados, but I figured my first project I just want to get it done, so I went all the way through. I think it will look nice with the dados showing anyway. I still will be doing stopped dados on the top and bottom boards that the sides will sit in...but that's another day.

My only other 'cuts I have to do is I need to trim the shelves 1/4". I will be putting a 1/4" rabbet on the back for a sheet of plywood. So I need to shorten the depth of the shelves by 1/4" ( used 1x8s for everything, 1x10s for the top and bottom). So we'll see how well I cut those. I suppose cutting off 1/4" off of a 40" board is too much for a router? I should probably just use the circ saw for that right?

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good going there Ben...

anything is possible with the right tool in the right hands!!!
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Hi Ben - The router will take the 1/4" off for you but I, personally, would opt for the circ saw with a edge guide. Put some masking tape on the cut line to reduce tearout and use a fine cut blade if you have one.

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Before I got my TS I used to use a piece of aluminum angle (clamped to the stock) as my straightedge guide for my circular saw. It worked great as long as the stock was wide enough to accommodate the angle and the shoe on the saw.

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I will probably end up using the circular saw but I thought of this also, please tell me if it's dumb

I have a rabbet bit and the only bearing I have measures a 3/8" cut depth. What if I assembled everything, then set the bit depth to 1/4" and went around the entire back, including the shelves with the 3/8" rabbet. That would equal to 3/4" so it would remove the 1/4" I need from the shelves. It would cut into the sides a little bit more but I don't think that matters much.
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