joeq wrote:Ok , I do have a good table saw and I know what you mean. How do I tell the difference between blades? I know what a dato blade is but couldn't pick one out of a lot. I take it you can get different thicknesses right?
Josh, not sure what dimensions you'll be working with, but if your table saw has a good fence, you may be able to make your grooves with multiple passes on the 1/8 ' blade, and the tongues by cutting on edge, and then removing the waste by laying the board flat on each side.
As for the dato blade, there are a couple options. They come as a series of thin blades and fillers, and you stack them to the thickness you want. Or you can buy an adjustable blade, that will cut what you set it for. i had a "wobble" blade once, and it was easier to set up than a "stacked" dato, but shook the motor cause of the out of balance design. Not sure what damage they might cause when used frequently, but for a "limited type" usage only purpose, you could get away with it.
Yes I have made multiple passes before with the 1/8" blade but it tends to grab a bit to much for my liking. Maybe the dato blade or blades will be less grabby? I will have to pick up some.
Ok so I did some measuring today. I do have enough rough cut oak to put on the wall but not enough to put it on the wall as a backer and build the bookcase. Since the books will cover the backer most of the time I will probably find a piece of good wood ply and if not, find another type of rough cut board unless I can get those rough oaks again. But if I can find a good looking ply then I won't have to tongue and groove anything other than the slots in the bookcase for shelves.
On the other side by the window I will put oak slats to match the bookcase .
I imagine that if I try to buy rough cut oak it will cost a good deal.
I can double up the boards to give me 11.5" of depth on the bookcase.
Now the problem is if I go ahead and build this book case I should go ahead and wrap it around the corner and hold most of our books or whatever. That would mean I need to re think my materials and a few other things.
I think this just turned into a living room renovation
So I have the type of stone picked out or close enough .
I'm going with one of these.
This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.
The two stone pillars should be about 1' wide on either side and I am shooting for 39" clearance I between the pillars . That should be plenty for any stove I put in there right ? That would mean my hearth will be about 63" wide and 36" deep. What do you guys think of those dimensions?
Ok so maybe I can keep this under $1000?