My First Bandsaw Box #8: Step 7: Cut Out the Center of Your Drawer(s)

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Blog entry by Jonathan posted 12-16-2010 08:14 PM 6940 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is one of the last deconstructive parts of the bandsaw box process before we begin the reassembly stages and start glueing everything back together!

This step is another that might require a pencil, pen, or whatever your preferred marking method is… or not… maybe you just want to eyeball it. By all means, go ahead then! Just have a plan of action before you start.

I went ahead and drew on my line with a pencil for the area of the drawer that I wanted to cut out:

To get the curves for the sides to come out as equally as I could, I took a ruler and measured perpendicular (90-degrees) to my center line until it met the curved edge of the box, then put a mark at an equal height on both sides of the box. I then freehanded the curve from the base line, up to these dots.

If you have any additional drawers, including a secret drawer, now is the time to cut out the inside of those drawers as well. I just freehanded the little secret drawer since it was fairly small.

I have been living and learning throughout this process. And here arose another learning lesson. I still had the 3/16” blade and Carter Stabilizer setup on the saw. I should’ve switched back to the regular guide bearings and the 1/4” blade, as it would’ve allowed me to cut a perfectly straight bottom for the drawer. The way the Stabilizer works, allows for drift and flex in the blade so that you can make really tightly radiused curves. It doesn’t work the greatest for cutting straight lines through thicker pieces of wood though, since the blade has a tendency to drift. In the future, I’ll probably use it on thinner stock.

As you can see from the picture below, the straight line I had drawn with the pencil did not come out straight when I ran it through the bandsaw:

Oh well, what’s a little more sanding dust?

After I cutout the main drawer compartment, I went ahead and also cutout the center of the secret drawer as well:

And here’s a shot of the secret drawer slid back together (no glue), with the center cutout sitting off to the side:

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#1 posted 12-16-2010 09:29 PM

I never would have thought of a secret drawer in a bandsaw box… I have however made several secret compartments in cabinets and tables…

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#2 posted 12-17-2010 01:43 AM

I’m going to put a secret drawer in my next one. This guy’s signature is the secret drawers.

He’s got some great designs too!

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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#3 posted 12-19-2010 01:54 AM

I actually saw his site (designerwoods), after I had cut off the back of the drawer! That’s why I had to go back and fix things, or rather, do all that extra work, as seeing his work convinced me that I too, needed a secret compartment. The extra work was worth it though, as it was more of a challenge and will also set this box apart a little bit.

I am looking forward to wrapping this box up and am working on it now… just waiting for the mineral spirits to dry and the super glue to cure so I can apply the finish.

I will get another blog entry or two up, Steps 8-9, either later today, or more likely, tomorrow. If it’s tomorrow, I might get 8-10 written and complete the blog series.

Thanks to all those that have read and posted so far! I look forward to showing you all the completed project! There are still one or two things to be revealed….

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 12-20-2010 05:29 AM

I’m enjoying reading this blog series, keep it up.

This is making me want a bandsaw more and more…. need to get one.

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