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Boy, learned a lot of things ďnotĒ to do again! This is a drawer organizer for a small camper. Not very exciting but it has kept me busy for a couple of weekends. My biggest question/problem was cutting matching grooves for the removeable dividers at the exact same location on both pieces of wood? How do you cross cut multiple grooves along a piece of stock? I was using my miter with a board clamped to it but that seemed inefficient and difficult. Iím sure there is a better way, any suggestions?
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Boy, learned a lot of things “not” to do again! This is a drawer organizer for a small camper. Not very exciting but it has kept me busy for a couple of weekends. My biggest question/problem was cutting matching grooves for the removeable dividers at the exact same location on both pieces of wood? How do you cross cut multiple grooves along a piece of stock? I was using my miter with a board clamped to it but that seemed inefficient and difficult. I’m sure there is a better way, any suggestions?
You might consider cutting them to length first and then lining them up edge to edge and running them thru the table saw cutting both at the same time

Also setting stops on your miter fence will do the same thing. (Maybe you tried that) Best way is to set the stop ,cut both pieces, then reset the stop for the next and cut both,and so on.

You could also use a router by setting up a frame jig on the workbench to hold the pieces then clamp a straight edge to guide your router across where the slots are to be cut, you would have to have the right diam. bit too.


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One way is:
1) cut board to length that will have matching dadoes. Make sure it is wide enough so you can rip it and make two pieces. Example: you need your divider 3 inches wide. Start with a board that is wider than 6 inches...say 6 1/2 inches wide.
2) cut the dadoes on the table saw using a miter gauge for support (or use a router with a guide for a fence and a properly sized router bit)
3) rip the board to the final width and VOILA! you have two identical boards with dadoes in the correct spot.

See drawing. Dimensions are generic.

Edit: One word of caution. Mark the ends of the board so the orientation will be correct when you assemble the drawer. Not good if the dadoes don't line up. Don't ask how I might know that!
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Check out Nick Ferry's video. Also Jay Bates. They build a lot of stuff. And Jay does a lot of Sketchup tutorials for his projects.
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Debbie: Both good suggestions from Herb and Mike. I personally like Mike's better though. Cut your dados/grooves while the board is intact, then rip it so that the grooves/dados match. I presume you were using a table saw???? as you said miter gauge. Because the groove/dado is not a through cut, you can use (in this instance only) both miter gauge and fence. Word of caution: don't do this when the cut goes all the way through the board as there will be a good chance of kickback.

Set your fence to the depth you need for the first groove near the end, then flip the board end for end and do it with the same settings. Move the fence out the appropriate distance for the next groove, run that and again, flip the board end for end and do another groove. Rinse and repeat as necessary.

When you're done with the dados/grooves (I know, I know, I keep saying dados/grooves - FYI: grooves run the length of the board; dados run across the board) rip the board to the appropriate width and you'll have two matching sides.

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It doesn’t look like you have a table saw but you can do it on a router table easily if you match the divider thickness to a bit diameter. Just run your drawer sides across the table with the ends against the fence. I use a square piece of ply or mdf as a push lock to keep my work square. Make sure you mark which ends go against the fence.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.

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Debbie, I would much prefer to use Mike’s method which is the way I have always done it. If you don’t have one a cross cut sled cut be a lot of help. Easy to build and a ton of videos on YouTube. Using a sled is much easier than using your miter gauge. You will find so many uses for it.
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This is more suited for a garage ,as itís not the prettiest way, but I like it as I can change my shelf distances easily by removing the mdf sections out and air nailing new ones in between the dividers.
And of course I couldnít get it right the first time ,so I ended up ripping them all out and doing it again
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Thanks Herb! I cut them on a router table with a miter fence. Didn’t think of putting a stop on it. It’s not really a fence just a piece of scrap wood that i clamped to the miter gauge. I do have a table saw but I was having the same problem. I thought of laying the pieces next to each other but on the router table they would have moved because it would have been difficult to hold them together. Going to try the table saw next time.
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Mike I love this idea! One question, since I don’t have a dado set I would have to make three cuts for a 3/8” dado. Is there a trick to doing that?
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