Router Table #10: A Cold Front - Drawer Fronts that is

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 01-19-2010 01:26 AM 3590 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Drawers, Bits, and a little Playtime Part 10 of Router Table series Part 11: Drawer Fronts in Front(s) of the Drawers »

day started with a snow blizzard mixed with slush. no fun at cleaning that up as it’s super heavy. but that also mean that it was above freezing temperatures.

today I was able to glue up the drawer fronts. these are mostly maple, with some mahogany strips. the mahogany strips are there as a design feature that helps blend in the drawer pulls which will be installed next and will also be made of mahogany – hence the blend in.

I added some 1/8” strips of mahogany and maple as well to give it a more refined look. first thing was to glueup the strips before glueing them to the larger maple board of the drawer. this makes it easier to control the glueing process as there are quit a bit of strips:

maple and mahogany strips

once that was set, I planed those strips clean, and glued it to the larger maple board of each drawer. then brought it back into the house to cure as the garage is becoming too cold for the glue:

strips in drawer fronts

next would be to plane those drawer fronts down, and trim to size. after that install the drawer pulls, and attach to drawers.

the 2 doors will follow the same design only the strips will be vertical.


-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#1 posted 01-19-2010 02:33 AM

Man those are some fine looking fancy smancy drawer fronts! Can’t wait to see the finshed product!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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Tim Dahn

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#2 posted 01-19-2010 02:39 AM

Nice progress, I like the drawer design, and it doesn’t involve snow shoveling…Brilliant!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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Gary Fixler

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#3 posted 01-19-2010 04:10 AM

Awesome. I look forward to seeing them cleaned up, milled down, and on the drawers.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#4 posted 01-19-2010 08:46 PM

Jeepers Creepers,

This is for a router table? I guess this is another way to get a board stretcher when the original boards are not wide enough (?).

Looks Fine,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 01-19-2010 08:58 PM

heh, yeah – for a router table. the way I see it – I’m better off doing it right the first time around. also lets me experiment with some design ideas without having to worry about screwing it up. and yeah- another way to stretch a board when it’s not wide enough :) was able to use 1 board for 2 drawers this way.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 01-19-2010 09:11 PM

Some very nice shavings their too!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#7 posted 01-22-2010 07:56 PM

Looking good! I had the exact same thing with the drawer fronts on my router table! Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention, and what better way to stretch what you’ve got on hand than to integrate different woods as a “design element”!

Looking good, can’t wait to see the finished product!

-- Ryno

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