I asked for, and received, a router last year for Christmas. That’s last year, as in 13 months ago. …and it sat in the box until today. I had a project that didn’t need a router, but I thought using one would make it a little snazzier. So I set out to teach myself how to made dado cuts. You can check out the Laundry Basket Shelf project HERE.
I began by looking for some info online and I came across this video, which taught be how to make a spacer, so I knew where to clamp the straight edge.
The only problem is that it’s 25 degrees outside and my garage is literally freezing. So I sent my husband out with the two little kids and, unbeknownst to him, I set up the router in the kitchen and got to work. I used to saw horses and a scrap piece of plywood to lay my project down on.
First I made my spacer, just like on the video. (But don’t have any pictures of doing this.) Then I drew out my cut lines on both of the panels. (I told you it was cold outside, so yes, that’s hot chocolate with marshmallows.)I used my spacer to find the correct place to clamp my guide (the piece of wood that the router will lean up against). I did this on both ends.This was my first cut with a router.The dado’s turned out well, I thought, for a first try. I can’t wait to put it all together. I plan to paint it tonight while the kiddies are asleep. That is, after cleaning up the kitchen. 🙂