Arts and Crafts Dresser #9: Slow Drawer Dance

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Blog entry by BlueRidgeDog posted 03-17-2019 12:53 AM 456 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: First row of drawers fitted. Selecting hardware - opinions? Part 9 of Arts and Crafts Dresser series Part 10: Drawers Done - well mostly »

I wanted to finish the drawers this week, but life (and my back) had other plans. Three to go, but no rush. The first nine are done, fitted and the insides are scraped and sanded.

I used a trick to fit them a bit easier that I will share. The issue is if you have a half a degree of out of square in the carcass, and make a perfectly square drawer, you have a bit more hand work to fit it (or if you think your drawer is perfectly square and it is off a small amount). To accelerate this process, I assembled the drawer and while the glue was wet, put it in the slot so it could adopt any minor skew that the carcass had. To align the reveal in the front, I made a collection of small wedges that would move the back of the drawer in small amounts to make minor adjustments to the reveal. Drawers glued up this way needed considerably less hand work for a clean fit.

Those of you more seasoned may have hit on this before, or may simply be gifted with casework that is perfectly square! It took fitting from moving a corner up to a 32nd in a worse case to just a few passes with a plane. It allowed me to put in a snug fitting drawer, make minor changes to the reveal line then let the drawer set up.

I may knock out some of the remaining drawer work tomorrow, but spring has hit Virginia and it is oh so nice to get out without a coat.

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#1 posted 03-17-2019 02:02 PM

Clever idea. Now I just have to remember it when it comes time to fit the drawers in the custom closets for the house.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 03-17-2019 02:13 PM

Clever idea. Now I just have to remember it when it comes time to fit the drawers in the custom closets for the house.

- EarlS

I should work as well if you can’t get to the back, as you could put it in wet, then set the reveal and wedge the front to dry.

I get a small amount of play by marking the rear dovetail cut line over the thickness of the board by the width of the marking blade wheel (when I set the gauge, I set it so the wheel is on the outside, firmly, of the part I am measuring).

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#3 posted 03-17-2019 03:33 PM

All these neat little tricks add up to a finely tuned and beautifully done project and it looks like yours is headed that way.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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