Making a Penn spice cabinet using mostly hand tools. #4: Pictoral of making the graduated drawers

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 10-04-2011 04:42 AM 5114 reads 2 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Long division... the short way. Part 4 of Making a Penn spice cabinet using mostly hand tools. series Part 5: Making the stopped dados for the drawer blades. »

I was re-reading my last blog entry, and boy.. was that dry. So I decided to take a bunch of pictures that will better explain the process. I found my wifes tripod and stole her camera. So… here we go.

I make my start and stop point with a pencil.

Set one set of dividers to the thickness of the drawer blades.

Step off 4 with the dividers for the 4 drawer blades.

Step off 10 more. The 10 comes from the other drawers. As each drawer is larger than the one above it by the thickness of one divider, with 5 levels, thats an additional 10 thicknesses.

Take second set of dividers, starting where the small dividers left off….

Trial and error, step them off and adjust until they are set so there are 5 equal parts.

Starting back at the top. Step off one with the larger dividers. Mark with pencil.

Step off one with the small dividers. Mark with pencil.

Use a square and mark the lines. There, the top drawer and the drawer blade is done.

With large dividers, step off one.

With small dividers step off one. Thats the second drawer. Please also note… the patch on my left arm is what I call the “Wow, thats sharp” patch.

Now the blade. Mark lines with pencil.
Continue this process for each drawer. For the third drawer, add the thickness of two blades to the drawer, and three for the 4th and four for the 5th drawer.

All done. Now just to extend the lines a little bit, and then to cut stopped dados. And then size the drawer blades.

I was lucky enough to score some sweet 3×3 maple chunks this weekend. They are about 20” long and I bought 4 of them. The price was right, and if this works… I will buy more. Anyways, I am thinking that they are going to be perfect for the drawer sides and backs. So, because they are 3×3, and I need them to be about 1/4, I need to resaw them. Unfortunatly I don’t a good enough friend that is willing to go in the bottom of my pit saw, I am going to have to use a band saw to do this. And I dont have one. Fortunatly though, I have access to one. But I cant just jump in there and start cutting. I need to joint an edge and face, or face and edge… ggrrrr, stupid square stock, which is the face and which is the edge? Guess it does not matter. I started by jointing the edge that is going to be the face. I am going to cut them all so they are all QS.

Have to adjust the camera.

Plane, plane and plane some more.

Oooohhhh, thats smooth. Once I had that face flat and smooth. Flip it 90°.

Check to see how off square the edge is from the face, I mean face to the edge… I think.

Plane and plane and plane.

Check progess.

All done. Now I can take that to the band saw and cut them to rough thickness. I will be planing everything to the final thickness. Now, one down, three to go.

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#1 posted 10-09-2011 01:10 AM

Ok, I get it now! Thank you for answering my questions in #3. Very nice pictorial! Can’t wait to see it come along.

-- Ben in Va

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