Published at Tuesday, 04 September 2018. Storage Bench. By Glenna Silva.
Anyhow, so far, I've been breaking down my plywood into their rough dimensions, which you can see right here once that was done, I could use my table saw to cut a series of rabbits in the two side pieces. This is pretty straightforward: just making a pair of cuts along each edge to clear out the material, but for the top and bottom pieces which are really big I couldn't do it on my table saw so I decided to use my router. Instead, I started off by using the pieces that I'd already cut as a gauge to set the maximum plunge depth of the router.
Then next I used a scrap piece of plywood to mark the width that I wanted to cut the groove on the back of the piece. Then I took my router and lined the edge of the bit up with the line that I had just marked and traced. The shape of the routers base plate, then I just had to find the furthest point of that arc and made a line that went across the entire workpiece that same distance.
Once the line was marked out, I needed a long straight edge, so I took a scrap piece of plywood and clamped it down and then from there it was really just a matter of taking several passes to create the rabbit. So this process is a little slower than using a table saw, but sometimes it's kind of your only option and it's really just as accurate. Definitely dustier, though once I had finished the top. I could do the exact same thing to the bottom panel and I'll tell you. Nothing works up an appetite quite like some handheld routing does so, thank goodness, there's blue apron.
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