Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Colorado Springs
For the top and bottom, start with sheets are 2x the depth and height) of the cubby AND A LITTLE LONGER /HIGHER THAN THE CUBBY. (You get to calculate how much longer)
Also make your horizontal sheet wide enough to account for all of your horizontal shelves.
My reason for taking this approach is to make it easier to set up the dado spacing and allow the top/bottom and the horizontal members to all be cut with the same set up. The first set up needs to take into account that the top/bottom will be trimmed ON EACH END to the correct length and ditto with the horizontal member. It sounds harder, but it works better, too.
Cut the dados in the top/bottom sheet and in the horizontal sheet. Then cut the top /bottom piece to the right length, then rip them to the right width to create a top and a bottom. This should assure correct line up.
Now cut the dados in the side/side piece. Cut that piece to the correct length, then rip it to the correct width to creat a left and a right side. This should assure correct line up.
Assemble the top, bottom and sides. Now measure to verify length of the horizontal members then trim to length (REMEMBER ALIGNMENT) and then rip that sheet into the correct widths.
Now go cut the verticals.