Depending on the number of students in the class, I Iike to have projects that let students start on different elements of the project at the same time. In the case of the crate, I can have students cutting the side pieces on the table saw and the router, while another group can start planing the material to make the corners.
For the purposes of this instructable, let's start with the sides.
According to the plans, we need 16 side pieces. Most of the cedar fence boards I had on hand would yield at least 3 side pieces.
Important notes for the side pieces:
- The width of all the side pieces is 3-1/4" except for piece F. It is 2-7/8" wide.
- The length of each piece is 12". Use a stop block on the miter saw to ensure the lengths are equal and make sure each end is cut square.
- Pay close attention to the plans to see which pieces have a mortise cut in the ends. These will be done on the multi-router.
- Pay close attention to which pieces need tongue and groove cuts.
In the interest of consistency, I always set up two routers for this project, one to cut the grooves and one to cut the tongues.