Small Woodworking Projects – Simple Woodworking Projects for beginners [1 of 3]

hi I'm Haven Rogers and I'm les syczyk on today's show we're gonna teach you how to build several small but very useful little projects for around the house like this audio cassette rack a lot of these things also make wonderful gifts these small jobs are easy to do and they'll also teach you the techniques you can use in larger projects in your shop they're wonderful for a beginning woodworker to start with and also lots of fun if you've got some experience so come down to the workshop and we'll get started we're going to show you how to make these two projects today they're real confidence builders because their projects you can start and finish in a single day the first one is a bathroom rack it's very simple to do it's all straight forward cuts you can see it has a towel bar down here on the bottom and a couple of shelves for other things you might have in the bathroom very simple part to cut this is bandsaw it out to this shape it's got a couple of dado cuts and the holes are drilled here to hold the towel bars that's about all there is to it the cassette rack is a little more difficult because we've got the same similar general construction but the dado cuts are at an angle and we have to cut an angle on the front of the shelves other than that it goes together just like the bathroom rack we're gonna make the bathroom rack first in a minute we'll cut all the parts out and show you how it goes together but before we do that it's important before you start any project in your shop to have a good set of plans and understand them perfectly now here is a very good set of plans and this is important to understand these before you cut the first piece of wood as you can see there's a front view a top view a side view and an exploded view let's look at the exploded view first because that really helps us it identifies every single part the two sides the two shelves the two back pieces and the tower bars that go down here and it also over here the bill of materials shows you exactly what the dimension of every one of those parts is so you can't go wrong now let's take a closer look up here at the side view it shows that the entire project is twenty two and a half inches high look at the detail here three inches down from the top you put your first shell it describes this detailed curve here twelve inches between the two shelves and the shelves of course are 3/4 inches and it shows how the dado is cut another three inches down to the first towel bar and here your width dimensions this first towel bar is 2 inches from the back the next one is 3 inches from that one so every detail of your plan is put right on here so you can't make any mistakes if you follow these plans now having understood these let's go to the saw and start cutting these parts out to start building our bathroom rack the first thing we need to do is cut out our pieces and we've got a few different pieces to cut out we've got our two sides shelves and in the back there are varying length and width so the first thing we're gonna do is we're going to start by cross-cutting our pieces to length cross-cutting means we're cutting across the grain and ripping means we're cutting with the grain now we're making our cuts with a table saw but you could use a handle circular saw to now I've got the saw set up now to cut my sides so that they'll come out exactly the same length the way I did that as I set up this stop Rock here so I just push the board right up against that stop block make my cut and then I'll push the board up against the stop block again and it'll come out exactly the same length now the reason I can't use the RIP fence for that is when I'm using the miter gauge and the RIP fence that's very dangerous because it could cause the board to bind in the saw and kickback so never do that I want to point out one more thing before I make my cut too is when you buy your wood at the lumberyard don't assume that the ends are perfectly square so what I've already done is I already squared my board up what I did is I since I know that the miter gauge is running at a perfect 90 degrees I already ran it through the saw and squaring it up so I'm ready to go roll up the sleeves check it and we're rolling now that we have our pieces crosscut to the proper length now what we do is we rip our pieces to the proper width one thing I'll point out is that the size of the exact same width of the shelf so one setting is going to do is for all those parts now over here I've got the sauce set up at an exact eighth inch as I measured from the ripping fence to the inside of the blade that way we'll be cutting on a scrap side of the line and we'll end up with an exact eight inches and the ripping fence will keep our board running nice and parallel to the blade we have this fingerboard set up right here so that it will exert a light pressure against the board and keep it pushed up right against that rip fence right there one thing I want to say – when you make your cut don't ever reach across the blade to get your board either let it drop to the floor get somebody to catch it for you or use a roller stand like we are I get my sleeves up and we are ready to roll a nice way to make these dado cuts is on the table saw set up to cut dedos these dados will support the shelves and our piece let me show you what we have to do with the table so to get ready first of all you notice the guard has been removed that's because the dado is not a through cut and the guard would be in the way wouldn't we would not be able to pass the wood through here the next thing we did was put in a different table insert which permits the dado set to come up through the table itself then we have to make a couple of test cuts let me show you what a dado set looks like data set is simply a stack of blades set up to the exact width of the cut we want now before we actually run the stock through the machine we're going to make a couple of test cuts on a piece of scrap look at there the first one I made was not deep enough it was also too sloppy the second one I made just right I know that the dado is set exactly where I want it and I've also set so I get it in exactly the right place and I can cut both just the same I set up this little block and I know that the data will go through the board in exactly the right place that's about all there is to it it's pretty simple setup got my stock here ready to go put it right up against the block

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