Cherry dresser and night tables to match #8: Installing the drawers

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Blog entry by Antti posted 02-26-2021 05:10 PM 659 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally had the chance to start working on the drawer fronts. The heights are
97, 97, 180, 180 and 280 millimeters. If you look closely in the end of this post, you notice that these are quite close to the original plan. I only had to add 1 mm to the two top ones to compensate for the extra height I managed to build into the frame.

The lowest i.e. the widest had to be constructed from 3 boards. All in all I was barely able to get these from the boards I had bought. I swear I will buy extra 20% for my next project!

I made my trademark spacers to provide for wood movement in the frame vs. the rigid metal drawer slides

Of course I should have checked the lenght… they were 5mm too long and protruded over the dado for the plywood back

So one more trip to the workshop, just to shave off the extra

I aimed for even 3 mm space between and all around the drawer fronts. So of course I had the jigs to match the high ambition level ;)

This is where the project started.

And this is where the project is now. Happy to notice the resemblance!

EDIT: Of course the ”prepare for mistakes” attitude was needed, again. Once I installed the remaining components for the Blum tip-on drawers, the mechanism that makes it possible to open the drawers without any drawer-pulls made the drawers protrude forward 5-6 mm. So what I thought was the perfect 1-2 mm recessed installation, became ridiculous 4-5 mm overhang hack-job:

That is another big work-session to undo & redo. Good thing I come mentally prepared for mistakes in any and all work steps. Chin to the chest and towards new defeats!

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