Making a Desk #2: Drawer Boxes and Drawer Section

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Blog entry by Jerome posted 09-14-2018 11:15 AM 1114 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Milling and Joinery Part 2 of Making a Desk series Part 3: Finishing! »

This was one of the difficult sections to figure out. The first obstacle was to make a decision on the jointry of the boxes. I chose lock tenon joinery. I remained adamant about keeping the project as close to 100% hardwood as possible. The drawer bottoms were going to be plywood. I knew that. And of course the inner drawer compartment is plywood, other than that, all Cherry!

The second task was coming up with the final dimensions for the drawers and drawer compartment. This always seemed to move here and there as the project moved forward. A half an inches here, a little more there. Basically factors that I did not initially consider began to reveal themselves. Let’s begin with the drawer boxes. My stock was not wide enough to use a single board. I went back to using my biscuit jointer to make stock wide enough to make the drawer fronts and the boxes themselves.

Dados were cut in the boxes for drawer bottoms. I was able to get my shop set up to make the lock tenon joinry all done on the table saw. After that ordeal I made the drawer compartment.

The time spent on something as simple as drawers came as an unpleasant surprise. I measured, measured again, and measured again. Still, when it came time to insert the drawers, it was a struggle. I endured several aggravating moments, but I pulled through. I took a day off and came back fresh!

On to finishing!

-- Jerome, Marietta, GA

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#1 posted 09-14-2018 12:46 PM

Hi Jerome,
Nice design and execution. I’m in the contemplation stage of building a desk for my wife. Yours is providing inspiration. Thank you for sharing your build and excellent workmanship.


-- Bill...Richmond Hill, GA--"83% of all statistics are made up."

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 09-14-2018 02:09 PM

Stellar job on the building of the desk….It looks really good…I like the design, too…..Thanks for posting.

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 09-14-2018 03:13 PM

I love the full extension glides! Nice build….....................Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Kaleb the Swede

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#4 posted 09-14-2018 05:00 PM

Interesting leg detail. This is a very inspiring read. Can’t wait to see more

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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