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post #1 of 16 Old 03-27-2016, 08:51 AM Thread Starter
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Hi. Newbie here:
A while back, I built a rustic bookshelf using (what I call) egg crate cuts and a jigsaw. It was such a success, the buyer of our home asked for them in the sale.

Now, my spouse wants the same thing in the new house, only more and bigger. Cutting all those quarter inch slots with a jig saw is going to be slow, so I'm trying to figure out which power tool would be the best to purchase to do the work more quickly and accurately.

I'm on a budget and probably will be looking for a something used and with no big learning curve.


Finally, the shelves don't have to be great furniture, but they do need to be sturdy. I'll be painting them. Is there some type of wood less expensive than oak that someone might suggest I use?
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post #2 of 16 Old 03-27-2016, 11:08 AM
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Did you mean 3/4" slots, not 1/4"?

I'd use a router, rather than a jig saw. however a jig saw just inside the lines will remove most of the material leaving the final clean up for the router. A hand held circ saw will do the same, but I'd use a right angle guide and NOT saw right up to the half way point. Leave some for the jig saw to nibble away and clean up with a chisel.
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Yes. I meant 3/4 inch.
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A router would be a great next purchase or use this chance to buy a better jig saw.
Consider using Poplar. It's fine for paint grade projects and should be cheap.
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I would build the shelving you have pictured out of 3/4" Birch plywood using my table saw.
I would cover the edges with molding made of Pine or Poplar.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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I would build the shelving you have pictured out of 3/4" Birch plywood using my table saw.
I would cover the edges with molding made of Pine or Poplar.
Plywood doesn't not have the bending strength of hard wood, especially cantilevered like the photo. I don't believe the OP has a table saw either, that's why he used the jigsaw on the first set. Making dados half way across a board is not the easiest or safest method using a tablesaw. If you withdraw the piece before the blade is completely stopped AND the work shifts it will bind and all heck will break loose.

My advice is with large or long pieces move the tool, like a jigsaw, circular saw or router, or use a RAS. For small pieces move the workpiece, like a table saw using a sled.
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I think the jigsaw is probably the quickest way. You'd have make at multiple passes with a router so I'm thinking that would negate any time saving.

As Lenny mentioned consider poplar as a cheaper alternative to oak since it's getting painted.
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I would use a fine toothed hand saw filed crosscut, and a sharp chisel. But then again, I have been accused of being mentally ill.

And +1 with the poplar recommendation for paint grade.
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I would use a fine toothed hand saw filed crosscut, and a sharp chisel. But then again, I have been accused of being mentally ill.

And +1 with the poplar recommendation for paint grade.
Since I have the upper body strength of a chipmunk, I'd be sawing (and swearing) for the next three years.
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With a sharp saw, the effort is minimal.
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If you did buy a router you could trench out dado grooves on your uprights and house your horizontals in there instead. Don't trench out all the way to the front edge and cut a shoulder on your shelves so it just looks like it's butt jointed. Sorry if my terminology is wrong I'm from the uk and we use different names for things.
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Just a suggestion - construction 2X10s - (pick straight ones), and a router. Make a simple dado jig -example:

Cut your dados about 1/4- 3/8 inch deep, stagger them on opposite sides of vertical parts. Glue them up. Finish front of the 2Xs with molding. Here's a pic of what it can look like - in use and under construction at the same time!
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If you did buy a router you could trench out dado grooves on your uprights and house your horizontals in there instead. Don't trench out all the way to the front edge and cut a shoulder on your shelves so it just looks like it's butt jointed. Sorry if my terminology is wrong I'm from the uk and we use different names for things.
I like this method. Score the edges of the cut with a knife to avoid tearing and measure your shelf thickness to see which nominal 3/4" bit to get. You may need an undersize one if you do use plywood.

The cantilevers will need another method, though. Maybe the egg crate is needed? Scoring and measuring would be needed anyway for that. Downcutting blades for the jigsaw should be considered if you go that way.
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I like this method. Score the edges of the cut with a knife to avoid tearing and measure your shelf thickness to see which nominal 3/4" bit to get. You may need an undersize one if you do use plywood.

The cantilevers will need another method, though. Maybe the egg crate is needed? Scoring and measuring would be needed anyway for that. Downcutting blades for the jigsaw should be considered if you go that way.
I can see where this type of bookcase would be sturdier.
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now that is a serious floor load!

This setup must weigh as much as a Volkswagon! It looks extremely strong however. Nice! You can never have too many books, bullets or HP ...JMO. :smile3:

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If you do use downward cutting jigsaw blades turn the kick off on your jigsaw.
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