Chest of Drawers #2: Panels Dry fit

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Blog entry by BlueRidgeDog posted 08-06-2021 08:34 PM 597 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: A start...milling and roughing sides Part 2 of Chest of Drawers series Part 3: Panels Glued and partial finish »

I got the sides dry fit. It was a PITA…as I only had very limited stock and much of it was twisted, I had to rip what I had to get it to work up with the most thickness. Even then I was lucky to get two 1/4” resaws out of a piece.

That meant I was gluing up 1/4” panels out of many smaller pieces…lots of work to keep flat and get a good glue joint.

I had to do this setup eight times, but I got the hang of doing it fast and all the joints came out flat. The panels are a bit oversized (thickness) at this point as they are a very tight fit into the stiles and rails…but when I sand them they should comply.

It looks like the start of a nice small chest of drawers.

Next up is finishing the panel (standard pre-glue finish of panel), panel glue up then, cutting the rebates for the drawer webs.

I have cut the rebates prior to glue up in the past and been burned by minor differences, so I will cut them after unless I get a wild idea that I can get it right this time.

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#1 posted 08-06-2021 08:54 PM

Very nice work!
I have been there with resawing thin sections that are warped and twisted. It does feel satisfying when it is a success.
Thanks for posting.

Ellery Becnel

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#2 posted 08-07-2021 11:25 AM

What??? You mean there is thin stock that isn’t twisted, warped, or cupped? It seems like this is more like the typical glue-up than an exception when you get to thin stock (1/2” or less). I usually glue things up, keeping the panel size under 13” wide and run them thru the planer. If the final width is wider, I do the final glue-up immediately after planing so things don’t have a chance to twist, warp, or cup.

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

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#3 posted 08-07-2021 01:25 PM

What??? You mean there is thin stock that isn t twisted, warped, or cupped?
- EarlS

The thin stock I made was okay. The gum twists and warps as it dries since the grain goes all over. My problem was getting sections out of twisted wood. I had to get two 1/4” boards out of each chunk of stock and it was hard milling it and keeping as much thickness as needed. A few of the 1/4” sections ended up with unmilled sections on the face, but they are turned in. It will work.

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