Fine Woodworking

Photos, except where noted: Tom Begnal; individual shelf and product shots: Michael Pekovich

Mark and cut the rabbet. First, mark the rabbet location on the end of the shelf (left), then use a bearing-guided rabbeting bit to cut the rabbet (above).

Rabbeted dado starts with a dado. A T-square jig helps cut a dado across the side. The slot in the jig is just wide enough to accept the bearing of a top-mounted bearing-guided straight bit.

I'm not a fan of screwing shelves in place with the typical tapered wood screw. They rarely hold up long-term. That said, I have found a specialized screw that works much better. Called a Confirm√Ęt screw, it has a thick body with sharp, deep threads. It's mainly used with particleboard, melamine, and MDF, but it also holds well in solid wood. When used in a dado or a rabbeted dado, the joint strength is excellent. Confirm√Ęt screws require a pilot hole and a shank hole. A special bit is available that does the drilling in one step (see "Sources of Supply," p. 29).

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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