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Old 12-26-2011, 06:46 PM   #1
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Let's say I have a piece of wood, maybe about 3 feet by 3 feet. I am trying to make drawer faces out of it. However, I can see that all four sides were cut unevenly....they are wavy, and on two sides, so wavy that the board won't stay standing on its side.

How do I cut some faces out of this, when I have no good straight edges to start from? there must be an easy answer!

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Clean up the sides by re-cutting the board. You will have a square board when you measure the two diagonals (like the way you measure a tv) they need to be the same measurement.

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Tack it to a straight scrap of plywood and push that through the table saw--

Clamp a straight edge on top--use a Skill saw--

Clamp on a straight edge and use a router--

Run it through a Jointer--

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Quick and easy way is a jointer to get started, but if you don't have one a router and a straight edge will get you started. Clamp a level or something similar to the board and run a router with a straight cut bit along it. This will give you an edge to run against the table saw fence. Rip to desired widths and use a mitersaw or radial arm saw to square the ends.
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You're quick on the draw Mike.
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Thanks guys!

I really need to improve my router skills. The drawer faces I am making will have sort of like a bevel on them, about 1" in all the way around. But I am so new to the router, I really can't think of a way to do it! Maybe I need a good beginner's router book....
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You're quick on the draw Mike.
Amazing, ain't it! In 9 minutes, I have three people posting ideas.
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Look into a router table.
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Make the time to learn that router---

I have a clamping jig just for straightening edges --great time saver-

A router table can be made out of a scrap piece if 1/2" plywood --some more scraps for a fence

That router will help you move your wood working up a step or two---Mike---
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I usually start things from the wrong perspective....

I bought a router table, THEN I bought a router! Thankfully the router fits in the table, but really, I have no idea how to do anything with it. I have some bits and have tried some chamfer work, but I got frustrated.

Everyone I know says the same thing "learn to use that router is such a versatile thing". I think we have a woodworking store a few towns over, and every other month or so he offers a "Begginer Router" class. probably wouldn't hurt me to go!
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Once you have your drawer fronts broken down to size, you can bevel the edges with a table saw.

Check out this thread that I did some time ago about beveling with a table saw.

http://www.contractortalk.com/f13/be...utorial-56493/
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Sounds as if the next thing you need to buy is a "Framing Square".

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Quick and easy way is a jointer to get started, but if you don't have one a router and a straight edge will get you started.
Are ya kiddin' me? This guy doesn't know how to square a piece of irregular-sawn plywood and he's going to have a joiner sitting in the corner of his garage?
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I'm gonna go with Bud on this one.

You can do this many different ways, depending on what tools are available. Assuming you have a limited shop, a circular saw, straight edge, and framing square will do a pretty good job for you.

If you're using plywood, I'd suggest to use the proper blade for plywood and use masking tape over your cut lines else you will have some ugly tearout.
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If you're using plywood, I'd suggest to use the proper blade for plywood and use masking tape over your cut lines else you will have some ugly tearout.
Any splintering and tear out can be reduced and controlled by first scoring the line to be cut using a utility knife. Then run the saw blade along that score.

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