dado for shelves on router table
Being completely new to routing, I thought I'd try to make a simple
shelving unit using a benchtop router table. (My reason for the table and not handheld is the safety aspect.)
OK, my plan is to make 4 equally spaced dado's on two 36 inch tall, 10 inch wide, 3/4" deep pieces of pine.
It seems simple to make the two dado cuts near the edges of the pine: just put the fence on say 1" from the bit and slide it through.
This leaves me with the middle two cuts. A Google search yielded that the easiest way to do this is using a hand held router, but I am looking for a way to do it with a table router.
My current plan is the following: I build a simple box that has exactly the same height as my router table. I then put the fence on that box, position the box at the right distance from the bit (12" say), clamp everything to the workbench and slide the pine through.
Looking at the safety aspect of this, I reckon my fingers will always be at
least 20" away from the bit, so that seems fine. I don't like it that the chip
guard is now gone, but maybe I can build a simple second `fence with a hole', put that say 1" away from the bit and attach the chip guard to that.
Before I try a setup like this, I was wondering: what do you guys think of this plan? Would this work? Does it sound safe? (Oh, and of course: if there is a much easier to do this . . . I'm interested!)