Top And Base Shelf

I started by building the top (A) and lower shelf (B) for the stand. To begin, cut both pieces 23" long out of plywood.

Then cut the top (A) 14,r/is" wide and the base shelf (B) 15%" wide. (The top is narrower to allow for the hinge and back shelf which are added later.)

edging pieces. Next, rip three edging pieces from 4/4 solid stock. These pieces are a lV^-wide top front strip (C), 31/«"-wide base front (L>), and a T-wide base back (E), see Fig. 1. All pieces are 23" long.

  1. These three edging pieces are joined to the plywood top (A) and base shelf (B) with tongue and groove joints. To make these joints, begin by ploughing a W x W groove on a test piece.
  2. Then cut rabbets on the two plywood pieces to produce tongues to fit the groove in the test piece. Note: On the top, there's a tongue on the front edge only. The back edge remains square. The base shelf has tongues on both edges.
  3. Now the grooves can be cut on the edging pieces. On the two front pieces (C and I)), position the groove so the edging sticks up Via from the surface of the plywood. (It will be planed flush later. See Shop Notes, page 23.)

On the base back piece (E), the groove is located directly across from the groove in the base front (D).


In order to be useful, the top has to have a slot so the paper can feed up from below. The location for this slot depends on where the slot on your printer is located.

slot position. To position the slot, place the printer on the top so it's centered front to back and sideways. Then, mark a line to indicate the center of the printer's paper feed slot. Measure out l'/T on both sides of this line to lay out a 2'/a"-wide slot, see Fig. 1.

slot length. The length of the slot depends on the paper width. For an 80-column printer (9Vfe"-wide paper), make the slot 12" long. For a 132-column printer (15%"-wide paper), the slot is 18" long.

slot cutting. To cut the slot, I bored '/¿"-dia. holes at the four comers and cut out the opening with a saber saw. Then round over the edges to a bullnose profile with a Vz roundover bit set to cut Vie" deep, see Fig. 1.

assembly. After the slot is cut, the three edge pieces (C, I), E) can be glued to the edges of the top and base shelf.

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