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  1. Hello all, I’m building my first commission for my first client and want this to be right. It is a shoe rack made from red oak, with the sides made of frame and panel construction. I haven’t glued up the sides yet, because I’m waiting for the client to finalize stain color, and I want to pre-finish at least the panels, or as much pre-finishing that I can. I need some help with a few issues before I proceed any further. The shelves (4) will be 3/4” red oak plywood, set into 1/4” deep dados. The bottom in the front will be a solid 3/4” piece 4” high and will be doweled into the sides for strength. My issue is, do I use 3/4” solid edgebanding on the plywood shelf fronts, or iron on veneer? When I make the dados in the sides, do I make stopped dados or let the shelves protrude to the ends of the sides? Im wanting to put some type of profile on the front edges of the sides, to give the piece some character, and if I do, I should probably put the same profile on the shelf fronts. I have an Ogee bit, which is what my rail and stile bit is. I am relying on the shelves, the bottom front piece and the back, to give the whole piece some strength, but I’m not sure that will be enough. I have many more questions, but this post is long enough as it is. Thanks in advance for any guidance or direction that you might offer.
  2. Yes KCooper, there will actually be 4 plywood panels and 4 rails all connected to 2 long stiles for each side. And yes, I do have a router. I will be using a Freud rail and stile set with ogee profile.
  3. I’m building a shoe rack for my very first commission. It will be made from 3/4” red oak, with the sides being frame and panel, using 1/2” oak plywood for the panels. The shelves will be 3/4” oak plywood with 3/8” edge banding on exposed fronts. How would I go about routing (or sawing) the dadoes for the shelves (4 shelves)? I have the rails laid out so the shelves are evenly spaced. Should I leave my stock wide, cut the dadoes, then crosscut to size, or is there a better way? I suppose I will need to make stopped dadoes on the front stiles, and I have never done that. Would 2” rails and stiles be sufficient? The bottom rails will be 4” with an arc shape at the bottom. I’m worried about strength of the piece because the only things holding it together are the shelves glued into the dadoes and the 4” bottom rail in the front which will be doweled to the side stiles. What thickness plywood should I use for the back? Should I glue and pin it all, or just glue and pin in spots? I am also debating on an edge treatment (profile) for the front of the stiles and shelves. I’m sorry for such a long post, but I want this first one to be right. Attached is a piss poor sketch I made of the piece. Also, I have no idea what to charge.
  4. jvg2259

    Dewalt DW735

    Damn spell check never hear of a planer before!!! I guess I should have said thicknesser. Anyway, I’m not sure how to read a multimeter. Mine reads from left to right. So when the needle moves, that means that there is a short or a bad part? Since I don’t know how to use a multimeter, tomorrow I will try to bypass the circuit breaker and check the brushes. I don’t know what would cause a short, the wires all look in good shape. The planer is about 8 yrs old with very limited use because I worked a lot of hours at my job. Now I’m retired and want to use my tools, and now I have problems.
  5. jvg2259

    Dewalt DW735

    Hello all, My planer stopped running, and after a few checks, I determined that the micro switch was bad. I ordered anew one, but needed to use it NOW. So I bypassed the microswitch and ran some walnut thru. Only removed 1/32” each pass. The planer ran fine. I turned it off, and just like the last time, it would not run again. I don’t smell any type of electrical burning and the motor isn’t hot to the touch. Now I’m at a loss as to what to do next. To me, it seems that either the onboard circuit breaker is bad, or the switch went bad, or the motor is shot. Any guidance is much appreciated. Jim