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Dik Harrison


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PostSubject: Peter West - Projects made the EZ Way   March 22nd 2009, 8:26 am

This thread was originally posted on SMC by Peter West. It is here with his permission.

There have been numerous posts asking for more examples of products made with the EZ system, and there are a few posts with the odd examples, but they are not EZ to find.

Visual examples of projects made with the system are crucial to give stimulate interest from new people (particularly non professionals) with ideas of what can be done with the various system components.

It would be useful if this post could be made a 'Sticky' and if users of the system who are interested in supporting Dino in 'marketing' the system would add image examples of their own finished projects, with perhaps a brief list of all the tooling used in the manufacturing process.

I have posted one below as a starter example.

Here is an example of a corner cabinet.

This was not made by me, it was made by another UK user (Colin) and is posted with his consent.

Colin will be along shortly to explain what tools he used to make this and add any other comments he feels appropriate. He is also going to add one or two more project once he has had time to photograph them.

I will post a project of my own in the next few days.

Randal Stevenson Posted:

Found the thread that I think should be in here:

Except the last thread which is an error, that should be

I know that isn't all, but I consider it a very good start if we are going to keep examples as sticky's.

I hope that helps

Peter West Replied:

Thanks Randall.

That is one of the threads I was referring to and is useful.

Perhaps some of the original posters of the items in that thread could re-post the pictures only in this thread.

One of the things that people can find frustrating is having to drill down multiple links to find things, and what I am hoping is that we can have one simple uncluttered post of examples that people can view easily and quickly, and if they want more information can then do a bit further research or PM the poster to satisfy their curiosity.

Colin Cotrell Posted:

Hi All

The corner unit was made for a customer and most of it was made with my EZ rails and smart table but I did use a router for the moulding.

The EZ rails made it very easy to cut all the parts as well as the angles on the fronts of the divides.

It is mostly made from 18mm/ 3/4 sapelle MDF, other than the moulding.

I will post some more of my work but have to get one of the units finshed tomorrow, so I hope to get the pictures up in the next few days or so.

Here are a few more bits made the EZ way

The bookcase was made with MDF but as I was short on time and space I got the wood yard to cut the 11 boards up ( wish I had the space and time to have done them myself ).

I used the new repeater arm to make the cabinet maker to cut the 88 shelves that where needed for it and use the EZ on site with the fit.

The CD unit is Iroko veneered carcase with solid iroko doors.

I veneered the the boards myself and was happy to cut it all with the EZ

Adam Stone Posted:


Great Work!


Colin Cotrell Replieded:

Thanks Adam

The bookcase was fun fitting but I got it done.

Peter West Replied:

Nice work Colin.

We need more examples like this

Mike Goetzke Posted:

This was my first EZ-project. It's a cabinet and canopy for my son's 55 gallon aquarium. This project was fun because it got him away from the Xbox/computer and into the garage to help me build it.

We cut all the panels on for the lower cabinet with my PBB. At the time I wasn't confident enough with the PBB or myself to cut the FF and rail/stile components on the PBB so they were made on the TS.

The canopy was built a few months later. I had more time to work with and tune up my PBB so we completely made the canopy from rough sawn lumber using surface planer, PBB, router, and sanders. On the lower cabinet we also needed jointer, TS, and SCMS.

The circular saw system isn't for everyone but I really like it. I get almost as much satisfaction making/inventing/modifying the tools (with a little help from Dino and this forum) as I do using it:

Fancy door knobs:

I like showing this - look how warped the panel is. Try cutting this on your TS:


Peter West Replied:

Very nice job Mike. Thanks.

Dik Harrison Posted:

A tool to build a tool...

I had to replace my old table saw extension table router table when I moved my TS to make room for my PBB. I wasn't going to build it yet, but I realized that I can't rout cathedral raised panels on the PBB with the jig and pattern that I use. I need to do that because I have a project that is more than a year old that I need to get finished (an appliance garage/cabinet for our kitchen).

The router table isn't finished yet, but is far enough along that I can use it, so no telling how long before it is "finished".

Colin Cotrell Posted:

Some more of the jobs I have done with my EZ rails and Thank you for coming up with the Cabinet maker Dino

This bookcase had 88 shelves that had to be the same size

I have some more coming up soon.
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PostSubject: Part 2   March 22nd 2009, 8:26 am

Peter Quadarella Posted:

That's a serious bookcase Colin, nice work.

Colin Cotrell Replied:

Thanks Peter

It made life a lot easier have the Cabinet maker to cut the 88 shelves

I had them all done in 2 hours

Brian Giles Posted:

"I had them all done in 2 hours"


Peter West Replied:

Nice one Colin. Thanks.

Some work done by Adam Stone - a pro.

Some more of Adams work -

Harold Lester Posted:

My first EZ project

is my first project period! I made a simple cabinet to set my
Grandfather's gun case that he made when he was in school over 60 yrs.
ago. I know it is very basic but I did almost every cut with my EZ
system. I did the edge routing on router table and the face joinery is
all dowell reinforced butt joints, but the rabbets and dados were done
with my SRK. I'm using some simple projects to practice and learn so
that I can get good enough to tackle the projects I really want to do
Book shelves display cases and an entertainment center. I don't want to
jump in over my head. You know the old saying "Haste makes Waste"!! The
finish on the cabinet is blotchy on purpose to try and match the gun
case. With out my EZ system this simple project probably would have
taken me a month to complete working on it a couple of hours here and
there. But I managed to finsh it in about 4 days or two weekends. I
made a few mistakes, but nothing that a little better layout plan
wouldn't have fixed.

Peter West Replied:

Looks nice Harold, and for a first project - well done.

Bruse Benjamin Replied:

Nice work, Harold. It's quite a feeling of accomplishment when you finish a project, especially your first one! Cool!


Adam Stone Replied:


You're on your way. You can make anything now!


Colin Wallerman Posted:

Another Colin

Hi Guys,
Great postings and nice work!

am a novice woodworker building my first house. Things have been going
pretty well so far (I am dried in) and I am thinking about doing the
cabinets myself. Nothing to big or complex, shaker/country. I know I
want use a EZ guide for this and the $$$ I will save doing the work
will justify the purchase.
Q is. What Smart items do I need or not need to be

know(think) I want the 114" rail package and the square but everything
else looks cool and usefull i.e. bridge, square handle,router guide,etc.
I could spend a ton and I am sure I will but what do I really need to get started?
Right now I have;
DeWalt porable TS
Old ShopSmith (Mostly used for drill press,mortising,turning)
Kreg pocket hole system
router table

Thanks for considering my wordy post and would really appreciate some feed back. I promise to post work.

Peter West Replied:


I see you have been a SMC member for almost a year, and this is your first post.

Welcome, and whatever you decide please pop back and let us know how you get on.

"I know(think) I want the 114" rail package and the square"

This is a good start to building an EZ 'collection'.

The 114" rail will let you rip and crosscut up to 8ft, and the square will assist with keeping your panels square.

If you are going to start with making cabinets, then you would certainly benefit from a Smart Table for material support.

cabinet panels you may also find that the repeaters will give you
consistency in terms of repeating cuts of the same size for quality
cabinet construction - without the need to measure/mark every cut.

on your future work plans, the Power Bench (PBB) would give you a good
working enviroment for speedy, accurate panel cutting and also for
routing dados on your panels (using the Smart Router Kit -SRK) if
that's how you are going to assemble the cabinets.

If you are
going to use Pocket Hole assembly, then you wouldn't necessarily need
the SRK, but would find that with a bit of thought a PBB could be built
which will give you very flexible clamping options for assembly. See here.

I am sure others will chip in with other suggestions, but hope this helps to start with.

Joseph N. Myers Replied:


As Peter said, welcome to the EZ forum.

would probably do much better getting answers starting your own Thread
on the subject (call it something like "What Do I Need"). Beside, this
Thread is kind of reserved for posting finished projects.

or one of the moderators will surely help you move it. Or your could
just copy your post to the new Thread and then delete this post. Then
Peter could copy his post. Etc.

Regards, Joe

Colin Wallerman Replied:

Thanks Joe

Thanks Joe,
I was not sure how the forum was structured.

you also Peter. I was looking at the repeaters. I do like them but
other than this project I am not sure how much I would use them. I have
played around with some tslots
and have been planning PBB of sorts...a kind of X and Y dealeo for my
router. I also have access to a machine shop and a pile of delrin.
Thank you for the link you posted. I am sure everyone is building a
bigger better table. That one looks great. Makes me want the bridge
even more. Man, I am gonna spend so much money (sigh) I like the handle
for the square but it seems a little pricy. Is this item a must? Seems
like it would be very...well...handy!
Thanks again

Mark Schiller Replied:

have built many single custom cabinets & bookshelves for customers,
but am now just finishing my first set of kitchen cabinets. The boxes
are all 3/4 birch ply with end cabinets being maple ply. The face
frames are 3/4 maple and the doors will be shaker style. There are 13
ft of upper and lower cabinets. The drawers are 1/2 birch with full
extension ball bearing slides. The door hinges are Blum euro style. My
total for materials was about $1,500.
I started with an EZ rail of
100in. It took awhile before I heeded Dino's matra of cutting panels
across the 48 in width and not the 96 in length. Once I did this and
added a 12 in. extension to the 50 in. rail it is easy to cut plywood.
Also the EZ table (I let it sit in the box for a year) should have been
set up in the beginning, as it makes it easier.
I used Kreg joinery
wherever I could. In addition to the EZ rails, I use a table saw,
compound miter, jointer, router table, and orbital sander. I did
purchase from Rockler a jig for cutting the 35mm holes for the door
hinges. If you purchase it make sure to buy the bits also, as other
bits I have found do not fit it.
The only thing I underestimated
is time!!!! Like most guys here I'm pretty fastidious and take a lot of
time & care to build cabinets.
This site, as you have found out, is an invaluable source for information. Also Taunton's Building Cabinets Like a Pro is a good source, but watch their measurements, as I found several errors.
Good Luck and Go For It!

Colin Wallerman Replied:

for the insight. Your project sounds great. I would love to hear,and
see, how the door and face frames come out I recently used Blum cup
hinges and accuride sliders on a entertainment cab I built for the
wife. Good stuff. I made a quick jig and used the drill press on my
Shop Smith to drill the 35mm holes. I also used precut drawer material
from Wood Craft
and was pretty happy with the results even though it was a bit costly.
It was this project that made me look into the EZ goods. I used a
classic home made guide and even though I have used this successfully
on other projects I quickly realized it's limitations on this finer,
more complex piece.
Do you use the EZ square? With handle? I know I
will be getting the rail package but have not decided on the
other...accessories. They all look cool. I think that I can live
without the repeater(s) for now as I am not doing this for a
I will be building or modifying my own table. Shipping of big items to Hawaii is a bit cost prohibitive.
Cheers, Colin W.

Mark Schiller Replied:

do have the EZ square, but not the handle. I use it occasionally, but
usually when I get the pieces small enough to just cut with the square
& a short rail I throw them on the table saw or compound miter.
Hawaii?.....6 more inches of snow today in Vermont.
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