I was planning out a dvd rack to free up some room in the house, and thought about making the sides of the rack come out a bit further than the shelves. I wanted to simply use a dado and slide the shelves into the dado for the joint, but in my vision of the unit I don't want there to be a dado cut the entire length of the side of the box, since the shelves would be ~4'' back from the front. (I have no idea if this makes sense to anyone)
So, I had 2 thoughts.
1. Use a marking on my table saw ( I don't have a router, that's why this is an issue) and start from the back and have the marker tell me where to stop the cut, and then use a chisel to clear the little ramp that would be left from the saw.
or - super crazy beware
2. Rip the ~4'' piece off of the sides, dado the larger piece, and then join the two pieces back together. This way I could just run the dado through the whole board and not have to worry about chiseling out any pieces, and still have my few inches of clean non-dado'd board sticking out.
Should I just beg/borrow/steal a router from someone to make these dado's, or is this something I can semi-easily do on the table saw + chisel or rip/glue?
Or should I just use dowels?