Craftsman - Stickley Projects #2: Dry Fit and Partial

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Blog entry by Paul posted 05-27-2007 10:29 PM 1368 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Whenever I draw up the plans myself instead of working from a published plan, I stop and dry fit often (probably too much) but I seem to catch errors in arithmetic and design faster this way. Here’s a couple of pics of the dry fit from yesterday. Click the thumbnail pics for a larger view.

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Here's the way it looks with the frame and panels for the sides glued up and the back dry fitted and clamped in place.

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Now, I'm pondering how I want to fix the draw dividers in place . . . dowels . . . bisquits . . . pocket screws . . . hmmmmm. I'll have to reread the pockethole jig owner's manual (a b-day gift from a friend) and make sure I have the right size screws for this application, but I'm leaning in that direction. What do you think?

Worship this morning. Nap and newspaper to the present mid-afternoon. Drop daughter at the movies and groceries next. Maybe I'll get to work on it some tonight. For sure I'll be at it tomorrow on Memorial Day.

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#1 posted 05-27-2007 10:32 PM

Looks like it is coming to gether nicely.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 05-27-2007 10:34 PM

As a prolific user of dowels, dominos, and pocket screws with the occasional use of biscuits, I would use pocket screws for this application. I believe they would produce the easiest method of accurately aligning and joining this piece. Note, with most pocket screws, they can have a tendancy of dragging the piece in the direction of travel of the fastener by about 1/16” This is totally avoided by firmly clamping the workpiece, or affixing a stop block/alignment piece in the direction of travel. If you take that into account, you can put a pocket screw EXACTLY where you want them with little distress or dilemma.


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#3 posted 05-28-2007 02:54 AM

These are my 2 first chest of drawers. I decided to go with the pocketscrews. I think I’ll also attach the top this way. Looks like I better finish the top to size and attach it first or with the drawer dividers in place, I won’t have room to manuver the driver to attach the top. With the pocket screws “hidden” on the underside of the drawer dividers – work from the top down – looks like to me. I bought some oak plugs when I bought a supply of screws. I’ll still plug the holes.

What about finishing the interior? Do you bother staining the inside a chest of drawers to match the exterior? Any finishing of the interior carcass would be much easier without the drawer dividers in place.

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#4 posted 05-28-2007 03:34 AM

I would finish anything that showed. If it did’nt show, whats the sense in finishing it. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 05-28-2007 06:09 AM

Paul -

This is coming together very nicely!


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