Chest of Drawers #3: Panels Glued and partial finish

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Blog entry by BlueRidgeDog posted 08-22-2021 02:39 PM 620 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I got the through dados and stop dados cut in the rails. I also put finish (two coats of osmo) on the panels. The final coat will go on when the piece is finished. Assembled panels were finish sanded prior to glue up. Two scratches were found in the darker panel and I had to sand them out. I will pre-finish the assembled sides, leaving only one coat for the carcass.



You can see that some of the wood used is struggling to have the full dimension. I was able to put small amounts of un-milled face on the back. You can also see a big knot in one stile. The wood, as is gum’s custom, really warped while drying:

Local sawmill wood often has challenges, and I have no problem putting a small amount of bark inclusion or un-milled face on the inside of a piece. One of my larger oak tops would shock you if you turned it upside down!

So it was a challenge getting stock out of the parts. One stile had to be split in order to mill out enough thickness. The stiles and rails are thinner than I would normally work with, but perhaps I have overbuilt in the past.

I was also fighting a dwindling supply of the wood. After milling this was all that was left:

I have just enough (I hope) for the top. Drawer faces were made from the best parts and set aside. All this adds up to the fact that I had to use what I had.

Not a lot of progress, but I have been slow to recover my energy post COVID and what energy I have has been spent getting the camper ready to go out west for a while.

Up next are the drawer webs, top glue up and carcass assembly. I want to have those done before I hit the road.

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