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||Now you want to make sure your cutter is set to a height
of 1/4". Then mark the points on the fence where the cutter is above the
table. This is so when we cut the dados, the joint won't pass thru to the
front of the case, but will stop short of it. Of course if you want to,
you can ignore this and just cut your dados all the way thru, thats fine.
||Mark 3/4" on the end of the shelf. Depending if your
cutting the right side or the left side, you will either drop the shelf
onto the cutter at the front line, like the pic to the left, or stop cutting
on the back line. Picture what you want to do and make sure you understand,
before you make any cuts.
||It would be safer to use a feather board here, to apply
downward pressure on this rabbit cut. Also notice that there is a piece
of wood clamped to the fence. This allows me to cut right next to the fence
without damaging the cutters on the metal fence. This cut is along the
upper side of the top shelf.
||When your done you'll have a series of dados that are
1/4" deep but taper up to the surface in the shape of the cutter. You will
need to clean up these areas with a sharp chisel. Don't even think of using
a dull one, just go sharpen it or go out and buy a new one! A dull chisel
is very dangerous to use, because it takes more force to push it thru the
wood. Clamp your piece down so it's not floppin all over the place while
||Ok this is one of the dados after it's been cleaned up
with the chisel. Work slowly and carefully, any "goofs" on this on the
upper edge will be visible where the shelf meets the side. Don't try to
chop it all out at once, lay out carefully with a pencil what needs to
be removed and do a little at a time.