Shop storage projects #18: Another drawer, and lessons learned..

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 01-29-2017 11:39 PM 1805 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 17: A drawer is made Part 18 of Shop storage projects series Part 19: Drawer #5, and a bit of Olde School »

Ok, the first drawer needed a pair of handles installed..

Nothing fancy, just something I happened to have five pairs of. Noticed when I removed the drawer from the case, had a couple spots that needed more work, as the drawer was sticking, right at the back..

Plane is just a #4 sized smoother. Had a couple knots that wanted to bow the side out a bit, planed the spots down, and installed the drawer…

Not too bad, now. lessons learned? Well, making things the correct size, and checking to make sure things fit. And, since I was down in the shop, anyway, I decided to at least get the second drawer started….That WAS the plan…....

Sides and the front were resawn to the right height the other day. left a lot of wavy saw marks…jointed all three edges..

And then started on dovetails. lesson #2: I needed to bring this tool along, to mark a line or two..

Marking Gauge. Set to the thickness of the matching board. I think this is called a “Base Line”? Then the usual suspects showed up, again..

yes, that is a black plastic handled bevel square. I have both a rosewood and a Walnut versions of this Stanley…rather not use them right now, would rather wear this one out. It is set to the angle I use with the dovetails. Kind of lay them out by eye…Lesson #3: work towards the center of a board, when laying out Dovetails…

Pins look better, but I wound up with 7, instead of 6. Oh well, got comfy on the Shop Stool. First, Lesson #4:
I keep the board high in the vise, so I can see all around when marking out. Then I can always lower the board, to make running a saw easier…

Helps also to wax the saw’s plate, makes it easier to push. Next up? Need a few chisels set out, and a block of wood (or two) under the board I will be working on. I clamp the board on the scrap boards, onto the bench, I don’t want anything moving around..

A rather motely assortment. Tip: Since I wear jeans in the shop, I find the pants leg an easy way to “strop” a chisel as I work. A few pulls on the bevel and the back. Keeps things sharp enough for the work to go on..

other than a “delay” while I flip the board over, pins do not take all that long to do. Lesson #5: I made the pins on both ends. makes is easier to sell which way they go. Yesterday, I got into a Brain Cramp, trying to figure out how the second set of pins went. this way, the pins are there to see. You can see set #1 at the other end of the board. This is for the front of the drawer, and it would look better IF the pins on each end resembled each other..

Ok, drawer sides get the “tails” I marked the insides of all the parts like for top, bottom, inside, and which corner number ( #1 or #2), so to keep things lined up. I then used the end of the front board to mark out where the pins would go through. Again, had a base line marked, and just used a sharp pencil to mark things out. Bandsaw does a way better job doing angled cuts then I can handsaw…

Again, chisels to pop out the waste from both faces of the board. Bandsaw cut is on the waste side of the lines. I can always shave a bit off for a better fit…gave things a dry fit…

Not too hateful. Got the other side done, and tested for fit in the case….much easier to correct things now, instead of when they are glued up

Ok, next the back can be sized to fit, length wise… I also need to make the grooves for the bottom.

Got those done, and then switched the Stanley 45 over to do dados….Lesson #6: the skates need to be flush with the outside edge of the cutter. If not, then the spurs will not do their job. readjust until the skates were where they needed to be, and finished the dados. Then I could mark the back for height, resaw that. I did not remove the saw marks, this time. Saw marks will be covered with the plywood bottom panel. Took a few tries to get THAT sized to fit, so this time around, I made sure it would fit before the saw cut it out.

Then came the clamps and the glue bottle and a few screws..

If you look closely, you will see a couple of them. I drive those into the drawer’s back, as I do not rely on just glue alone. When the clamps come off, I’ll add a third one to each end. There are also two going through the bottom panel and into the back. Will let this mess sit awhile tonight, doubtful IF I get back to it, until tomorrow.

Then I can sand the drawer a bit, add the knobs, and start on the next drawer. Stay tuned

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