Chest of Drawers #6: Top and starting drawers - with issues

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Blog entry by BlueRidgeDog posted 10-27-2021 12:31 PM 457 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got back from a long road trip out West and took some time to rest. After effects of COVID still kick me in the back side at times.

I finished the top and cut all drawer parts:

I fitted the drawer faces. To my surprise, the openings were very very square (I don’t always get that lucky).

A few problems cropped up.

One, you can see in the first image that some of the drawer parts cupped after milling. I looked at them and they were from close to the center of the tree. I should have picked out more quarter sawn wood. So I have clamped them up to see if they will flatten.

If they don’t flatten, I will spray the inner cup side with water and clamp again. If they still don’t flatten, I will attempt to use them as they are (I have worked with worse).

Since I was running out of wood and the wood was twisted, I had only one board to use for drawer faces, and I was not able to mill all the saw face away:

I had thought that this part “might” have been cut off when fitting the face, but no. I will have to rip it out and glue in some scrap. Or leave it. I don’t know. The scrap I have left is nowhere near color matched and I think the end piece will look better with the small defect vs a stripe of alternate wood color. Your ideas?

I also cut one drawer face wrong while fitting it, resulting in a small gap at the top. I don’t know how I managed it. I usually make the first cut fat and work to it with a plane:

I have the “cutoff” part and can glue it on, then refit the drawer face. It should end up invisible.

Time for drawers then and for me that means shifting gears, slowing down and focusing on the dovetails.

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