<sorry it's so long, but I need to explain myself. if you're a
TLDR-type, it'd be a good idea to move on. thanks for stopping.)
I have decided I'm going to 'modularize' my place some, for lack of a
I want to make some boxes that I can stack that will act like
bookshelves, or dressers, or pretty much anything that stores things but
lets me still have handy access to the stuff inside. (not unlike a
college student uses milk crates, but nicer. sturdier. looks good in
different configurations. and strong enuf to stand on. not that I will,
but stacked four or five tall full of books will weigh at least what I
do. and that's saying something.)
Could you point me to some websites and videos that will answer some
questions and show me how to do some stuff?
I see the basic questions are:
1-how to make a good, strong, easy corner joint, and
2-how to easily cut the panels.
Oh, and how to cut out the hand holds, but I think I can do that with a
But to round the edges, I'll need a router I think. Simply sanding will
not get the edges round enuf.
Is there a way to get 3/4" plywood round without a router? (not simply
not-sharp, but round-round.)
What kind of corner would be strong and easy, and how to make it? Do I
have to make a dove tail to be strongest? or maybe pocket screws are
good enuf? 45 degree butt joint? bisquits? ahhhh!!!
How strong is a 90-degree butt joint, glued, with screws? Is that pretty
permanent? I wouldn't think it would look all that nice with screws tho.
I wouldn't mind getting a jig for pocket screws. Are they fairly easy to
do on a 12" or 15"-wide panel? I've only seen them done on a 4" plank.
How do I cut a 4'x8' piece of plywood into a bunch of squares? A handsaw
is out (how tedious would that be?) I've used a circular saw
way-back-when in projects with my dad. Nothing recent tho, and I doubt
my ability to make long straight cuts with one. Norm Abram on New Yankee
* uses his table saw all the time on practically every
project. Is a table saw one of the most basic tools to have?
I've got a decent drill so screws aren't a problem
Well, anyway, enuf. What websites can I visit to get a handle on what I
need to do?
Thanks for the help
(and sorry it's so long. I just need a place to start.)
* I know, I know, you're saying 'oh man! a newbie who got inspired and
wants to get to it right away, but will quit in a week. Stop wasting my
Well, I've been thinking about this a while, and I'm not going to go out
tomorrow and spend a thousand bucks only to dump it when I find out my
back hurts from bending over. I expect that, and my back's fine. (its
the knees that don't like to bend...but that's a different story.)
I'm good with my hands, and like to build things. But this is the first
largish project in wood, thus why I'm asking.
In fact, if it turns out I have some aptitude and like what I make, I'll
probably make another project or two, and even keep going as long as the
And, yeah, I know, Norm's videos only cover the barest basics, they're
at least weeks worth of work by a very experienced carpenter all
squeezed into less than half an hour. he may cover my project in, maybe,