Cutting parts to size & routing grooves at the router tableSean Jun 02, 2016
Dimensioning The Parts
We start off by cutting the oversized parts to size at the table saw. The board for the box sides is cut to 2 3/4" wide but we leave the length at 40" for now. Keeping it at this length allows us to easily smooth the boards with our smoothing plane instead of having to plane smaller pieces.
Cutting the grooves on the inside face is super simple and only requires 1 configuration at the router table. I use a 1/4" spiral bit for all operations in this project. For the grooves I raise the bit to 1/4" and set the fence back 1/4" to cut a 1/4" X 1/4" groove.
Smoothing With Hand Planes
And finally in this video, I use my number 3 plane to remove any milling marks on 4 sides of the board. I use my number 3, but of course you can use whatever hand plane you have. Heck, you don't even really need to use a hand plane if you prefer to sand. Just use some 80 - 120 - 220 grit sandpaper in your orbital sander and you will be set.
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