When you say I will have to make 2 different fence setups to cut the stopped dados, will I have to use both sides of the fence? I'm asking because I don't see how I can use the same side of the fence without feeding one piece backwards (left to right). There is only 1 edge of the board parallel to the dado.
I like your idea of her initials on the side.
About using the dowel center markers... instead of making the template, why not put the markers on the drilled board, and then smack the boards together and drill on the other board where the 5 dimples are created?
When you recommend drilling the dowel holes with a router... does this still apply with my fixed base router?
I don't want you to think I'm ignoring all your template advice so I think I've come up with the perfect excuse to make a template (and make you happy
). Let's say I create a template the same shape as the side support. Then I place it on the plywood and follow around the template with the largest guide I have. This will cut out the shape of the template in the plywood, but a little larger, which is OK. THEN, without moving the template I trace the router around it again BUT with the smallest guide and using a v-groove bit to make a decorative groove about 1" from the edge. Then I repeat everything for the other support. Does this make sense? If so, how do I keep the template and plywood from moving relative to each other? If I use clamps I can't go all the way around with the router, unless I constantly move the clamps.
Nooooow I understand the part about rounding the edge using the bearing as a guide... for some reason I was thinking the bit would round both corners of the edge at the same time, but by doing 1 corner at a time the bearing has something to rest on. That makes sense.
If I can't install a starter pin on my table (someone said it's too thin), I'll try doing it hand held.
Thank you everyone...it's all starting to make sense now...