Chest of Drawers #7: Drawers and stuff

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Blog entry by BlueRidgeDog posted 01-10-2022 04:56 PM 288 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Last entry before finish I think. I got off this project and on other things as the cupped drawer sides proved to be very hard to work with and I really had to sit and contemplate making them all over again or dealing with what I had. Made a few trips (three actually, Asheville, Kentucky and Ohio), then changed the bearings and brakes in my old truck, rebuilt my home automation server and thought about it. I decided to deal with what I had.

I cut the tails in gang format:

After cutting pins and the blind side, I put two coats of shellac on the inside:

To work with the cupping, I used more clamps than usual (my usual for dovetails is zero!):

I got all five glued up, but some of the joints were sloppy due to the cupping. It was hard to layout pin cuts when the tail board was not flat on the matting piece. Oh well. None of the slop is so bad that I can’t work with it. I saved some of the dust from the routing work to make some home-made filler using shellac.

After glue up came the fitting phase. I have three fit and moving nice:

Fitting drawers is often a pain…a long process of presenting the drawer to the carcass, adjusting, and repeating. Oddly these have been pretty spot on. Of the ones fitted thus far, one was amazing (two minutes), one was pretty easy and one was about normal (five or so cycles). The carcass is stunningly square…based solely on my history!

I will fit the other two, finish the drawers (shellac on the sides and wax) and carcass (osmo) and install hardware and get this thing into the done column.

Sometimes you get stuck on a project where so many things have required you to backup and reconsider, that you find it hard to press on. I am pressing on and “think” (knock on wood) that I have managed all the curve balls that this piece has thrown.

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#1 posted 01-12-2022 11:08 PM

Finish is going on nice.

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