Built-In Bed #14: Drawer Fronts

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Blog entry by Scott R. Turner posted 01-19-2011 04:55 AM 5804 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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(The Story So Far: Our Hero is constructing a built-in bed for his daughter, with inadequate tools and woodworking experience. He has recently moved on to the drawer-building phase.)

Over the weekend I found time to install the top two drawers into the bookcase ends of the built-in. I used these drawer slides from Woodworker’s Hardware, and I can recommend them to anyone looking for cheaper but well-made drawer slides. As far as I can tell, these are identical to the much more expensive “Accuride” drawer slides. And they’re about 1/4 the price.

I did learn an important lesson: if you’re going to build a piece of furniture that will require you to get inside of it to install drawers, make the piece more than 16 inches wide :-). I did manage to wedge myself in backwards and upside down and contorted in all sorts of ways to do the installation, but it was a tiring few hours!

Come to think of it, I learned another important lesson. But I’ll need a photo I don’t have to illustrate that lesson, so maybe next time.

The drawers installed, I moved on to making the drawer fronts. The drawer fronts consist of a routed molding mounted on a face plate. In the last blog entry I’d assembled a prototype of the molding, so now I routed out an ogee and put a backing plate onto it to see how the design looked:

I was pretty happy with how it turned out, and so was the client and Madame President. I did decide that the ogee I had was a bit small, and I ended up using a bigger cove and bead bit.

So it was time for a production run of drawer front moldings. First I roughed out the end pieces with a jigsaw.

Then I put the template on each end piece in turn and routed it to the pattern and then rough sanded the transitions.

Then I glued up the end pieces with the rails (using dowels), and when they had dried, cleaned them up with handplanes and a sander:

Finally I put the cove & bead bit on the router and (using numerous passes) cut the decorative edge to the moldings:

And that’s where I left off for the evening. Next up I need to cut the face plates to put behind the moldings, glue it up and then paint them to match the bookcase ends.

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