Tool Cabinet Build #21: Starting on the drawers..

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 06-10-2015 02:08 AM 2040 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 20: Doors Complete and Hung! Part 21 of Tool Cabinet Build series Part 22: Drawers Part 2.. Mostly done. »

Today was a day of first for me. I have never made a drawer and I have never cut half blind dovetails before today. All in all it was a good day. So good in fact that I had to make myself walk away from the shop while things were going good before I got to excited and f’d something away lol.

The day started with dimensioning all the drawer fronts. Earlier in the build I had traced the openings onto some paper backed foam from the .99 store and numbered each drawer to help simplify the process. That seemed to do the trick.

After cutting them slightly over sized I planed them down to the template and fitted them into the drawer slots.

Then I got to work on the drawer boxes and successfully cut my first half blind dovetails. Honestly.. not sure why i was hesitant to try this before.. not much harder then full dovetails.

Then before I knew it I had a complete drawer!

I built them so they can be inset and the plan is to trim around the drawer front with maple. Which leads me to ask where everyone is getting their ring drawer pulls from. I am having a heck of a time finding them in the right size.

Well.. now that one is done I can go into production mode and knock the rest of these out fairly quick.

Stay tuned for more.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#1 posted 06-10-2015 02:22 AM

Very nice! Congrats on the half-blinds plunge, too!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#2 posted 06-10-2015 02:24 AM

Going to be a nice cabinet. Drawers look sweet.

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#3 posted 06-10-2015 03:54 AM

Snappy job. Is the goal to get most or all of your standard handtools in the cabinet?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#4 posted 06-10-2015 04:00 AM

The goal is to get as close to all as I can get. That may not happen but once the cabinet is finished I will probably spend the next year and a half fitting them all in there lol.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#5 posted 06-10-2015 04:33 AM

That sounds like a very enjoyable task, though.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#6 posted 06-10-2015 11:54 AM

Eric, nice 1/2 blind DT’s. I need to try to do that someday.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#7 posted 06-10-2015 12:15 PM

Looks really nice Eric. DT’s are more intimidating then they are difficult aren’t they?

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#8 posted 06-10-2015 12:36 PM

Awesome, Eric! I’m about to try the exact same thing for the first time…but now you’ve added pressure to my half-blinds! LOL.

I think LV has ring pulls, but I haven’t made it that far in the process…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#9 posted 06-10-2015 12:41 PM

For my toolbox this is where I got the ring pulls.


They are a little spendy but the comany is in Jackson WY They ship fast. I had them in 3 days in Boise not bad coming from Jackson.

with your skills you might be ahead making your own.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#10 posted 06-10-2015 03:31 PM

Looks great Eric.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#11 posted 06-10-2015 06:57 PM

I like the foam board idea. You did a bang up job Eric, expected nothing less. Looking good.

-- ~Tony

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#12 posted 06-12-2015 03:59 AM

Half blind doves are on my list of to do. Great job man.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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