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Blog series by BlueRidgeDog updated 03-31-2019 05:41 PM 11 parts 7903 reads 48 comments total

Part 1: Design and Getting Started

01-07-2019 03:31 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 3 comments »

I am working on an entire bedroom suite for ME (finally time). The finished group: I have finished the bed and the night stands. The bed is a platform bed that is the height I am accustomed to and works for me and my memory foam mattress. I use a large dresser, being a folder vs a hanger so to speak. The one I am going to make is 65” wide, 19” deep and about 39” high. The size is a bit outside traditional for Arts and Crafts, but I have adjusted the flow of ...

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Part 2: Side panels and legs

01-13-2019 10:48 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 4 comments »

I milled up the stock for the legs and panels: Dry fit to test fit and get the final dimensions for the panel: Picked out some amazing grain wood for the panels, milled then book-matched two panels. I had planned on saving this wood for drawers, but I “think” I have enough: Trimmed the panels to width and test fit to mark the arch: Cut the mortises in the legs to take the cross stretcher: Glued up the panels and aggressively smoothed them. Cent...

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Part 3: Drawer Webs

01-27-2019 06:58 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 2 comments »

Drawer Webs are in – al least a dry fit to measure and mark a few other things (Webs are a combination of Drawer Supports and Drawer Runners). I just love the stage where you have to start walking around a piece…where it takes semi-assembled form. Stock was milled (oak for front, ash for back and runners). Runners are attached to the Supports with a 1” tenon. The mortise was cut on the router table using a 1/4” spiral up-cut bit. Two bits actually!!! Th...

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Part 4: Arch, Carcass Glue-up and Top

02-03-2019 03:08 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 2 comments »

The result of this week. Carcass is glued up, all horizontal drawer webs are in and top is being tested for grain layout. After dry fitting the drawer webs last week I cut the dovetails for the top web: And in the panels: The arch stretcher had to be made before the glue-up. I used a flexible rod for the arc after the tenons were cut: After cutting on the bandsaw, I faired the arc with a plane, cabinet scrapper and hand scraper (the curve was gentle enough that t...

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Part 5: Finishing Carcass and Fitting Drawer faces

02-10-2019 04:52 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 3 comments »

Not as much progress as desired this week, but fun non-the-less. Drawer Webs and Kickers are done and drawer fronts are fitted. Side drawer runners are simply edge glued. Non-structural and just scrap oak. Carcass is done with the exception of the back, but that will go on last so I can reach as needed for drawer fitting. Before fitting the first vertical edge: The drawer faces are first cut to approximate height plus 1/16” then planed to fit the opening. Then t...

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Part 6: Top and waiting

02-17-2019 11:22 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 2 comments »

I don’t have the wood for the drawers (other than the faces). I have a bunch of 4/4 ash, but to make 1/2” sides out of that is a lot of waste, so I am waiting on some 5/4 that I can re-saw (waiting on the weather actually to head to the hardwood lot). I the interim period, I used epoxy to fill some knot holes and some aggressive tear out: I stained the top then put the epoxy in so it would have the same color under the clear epoxy. After epoxy finishing I re-stained th...

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Part 7: Drawers Started

02-24-2019 04:54 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 6 comments »

Hit the slow part and I have been out of Town for a week. so getting back to work. I wanted to continue using Ash for the drawers as the interior parts are Ash, but when I went to the lumber yard they did not have any 5/4 Ash that was at least 7 1/2” wide (5/4 as I wanted 1/2” drawer sides/back and it is far cheaper to resaw 5/4 than to send most of a 4/4 up the dust collection system). So I bought some Maple. Gotta say, this stuff is slick, easy to work and just the ri...

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Part 8: First row of drawers fitted. Selecting hardware - opinions?

03-03-2019 12:31 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 7 comments »

A very slow week. My kid was in the hospital, and though an adult, “dad” was in charge. That said I finished and fitted the three top drawers and put two coats of finish on the top. The finish was a bit old (dregs of the can) so I ended up scraping it once to knock down some high spots. There are a few dull areas you can see because of that. Two more coats to go. Fitting them was a workout! It always is. I think I need to make them just a 1/32” smaller, b...

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Part 9: Slow Drawer Dance

03-17-2019 12:53 AM by BlueRidgeDog | 3 comments »

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 thi...

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Part 10: Drawers Done - well mostly

03-23-2019 11:42 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 11 comments »

I pushed on through the last three today. Dovetails cut, slotted and glued. I am getting better I had three back to back saw to fit, then one that needed massive paring. Prior to glue up the drawers were dry fit, then rough fit to the opening, then the bottom cut to fit. When I say “almost” the drawers still need one final round of fitting, then final sanding on the outside, then two coats of shellac on the inside faces. Insides are finish ready having been scra...

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Part 11: Wrap it up

03-31-2019 05:41 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 5 comments »

Long fun project. The final steps were four coats of Osmo rubbed out with #0000 and woollube after coat 3. For a modified Arts and Crafts design, I like it. If fits the intended space and use and works with some of my existing period pieces. I won’t go into the design details as they are included early on in the build series. There are a few finish defects that I will scrape and touch up, but nothing dramatic. The top will not be attached until it is in-place (heavy enough...

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