Lathe Cabinet Build #4: Making the Drawers

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Blog entry by Lazyman posted 08-05-2020 03:39 AM 1016 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am a little tardy updating the blog but I am finally finishing the cabinet so I thought I would post a few more pictures. I actually made the wide set of drawers and mounted them into to the cabinet back in February but didn’t make the narrow drawers or the fronts for the wide drawers until a couple of weeks ago and I resawed, milled and glued up the drawer fronts a few days ago.

I decided to use my Milescraft Dovetail router jig to make the drawers. It is actually a jig used to make the jig.

After dialing in the jig, which isn’t hard either, this has got to be one of the simplest ways to cut dovetails.

But first I had to find some more Doug fir 4×4s to resaw into boards I used to make them. For some reason, the supply of Doug fir in my area got really crappy right after I started this project so it took a few weeks before I finally found some that that had reasonably straight grain and few knots. Once I had the wood resawed and milled flat. Cutting the dovetails with the Milescraft system went really fast. It only took a couple of hours to crank out all dovetails for the wide drawers.

I cut groves for the bottoms using my CNC machine and assembled the drawers.

Next step as to make some tool racks for the 2 top drawers to hold my most commonly used tools. I left the bottoms open so that that shavings do not collect in these drawers.

I then mounted the wide drawers using some inexpensive full extention drawer slides.

I took a couple months off to actually use the lathe while I hunted down some more Doug fir. The Lumberjocks turning swap was a nice diversion during this time. Once I had some acceptable DF, I milled it up and made the the narrow drawers and mounted them, again with full extension slides. After cutting all of the dovetails, I realized that if I made the two top narrow drawers the same depth as the two open bottomed wide drawers, they would be pretty useless so I glued them together to make a single deeper drawer.

I then made the drawer fronts and attached them.

I was careful to make sure that the grain continues across from the wide to narrow drawers. I was going to continue this across to the door that covers the Ringmaster Garage to the left, but I decide it looked a little weird so I decided to orient the grain vertically for the door. At a later date I may add some sort of carving or other pattern to the door to dress it up a bit.

I applied Tried and True Varnish oil and added some drawer pulls my wife basically got for a few cents each at an estate sale. All that is left is to attached the hinge and pull for the door.

I still need to come up with some dividers and other organizers inside the drawers to help prevent them from just becoming a tangled mess. I am debating whether to use some Kaisan foam or simply add some wood cutouts and dividers. I may make a sliding tray on the deeper drawer to hold some of my less used chisels. I plan to keep sanding and finishing tools and supplies in the narrow drawers and I may make some removable trays to put them close at hand as I am sanding and finish. I still need to apply a few more coats of the finish but it is basically done and I can get back to turning.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#1 posted 08-05-2020 03:57 AM

Looking like a very useful piece of shop furniture, Nathan. The drawer fronts look pretty sharp, too!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 08-05-2020 05:33 AM

Nice.You will like the storage.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#3 posted 08-05-2020 07:21 AM

Looks good Nathan

-- Rick M,

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