Maple Chest of Drawers #11: Top is done..

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 08-10-2017 02:34 AM 949 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Face frame follies Part 11 of Maple Chest of Drawers series Part 12: Drawer Wars »

With a surprise ending, too….
Got bored, decided to try the plank for the top…4/4×13-1/8” x 49” long…..heavier than it looked, awkward going down the steps to the shop….

After cutting off a chunk to get to a length for the case…..I thought I could not only flatten the slab out a bit, but get it close to 3/4” thick…...wasn’t happening on the thickness part, but I at least got it almost flat..

Width-wise, was too narrow. Walnut that I was going to use as a breadboard edge, was too thin. Hmmmm

Marked a centerline down the length of the slab. Circular saw to make the rip cut. No.7 to joint the edges. Marked a big “X” across the matching faces….
Set up the bandsaw for a rip cut, 1” wide. Ran a 1×4 Walnut board through a few times. had a plan going on, involved a few pipe clamps..

And let this sit overnight. Today, I took the clamps off, and squared the ends..

Then spent almost an hour, hand planing the walnut down flush with the Maple. I also “shot” the ends, to clean up the saw cuts. ....Had to go on a “Treasure Hunt” in the shop..

IF I remember correctly, this is called a Router. The plunge base was stuck on the motor. I did not find the wrench to remove a bit stuck in the collet….made do. WD40 to loosen things up, found the fixed base, AND the correct edge guide….Got the motor into the fixed base, added a dovetail bit, and the edge guide..

Took awhile, but finally got the settings just right…..base was a little too wide, so I added a lttle extra lumber..

I hate routers…noisey, throws dust and chips everywhere, scary things….anyway, got both ends of the “Top” fitted with a dovetail groove…..needed to remove the bit from one router, and drag out a “Router Table” to set up. Took a while on the settings, was trying to sneak up on the right one..

The parts for this operation were resawn from the chunk off the slab. I cut those at 1-1/2” wide. Needed two..

With a 1/2” dovetail, would leave about 1” for a breadboard edge…of Maple. Finally got things to where they would slide together..

Put a few drops of glue in the groove, and hammered the part home..

Then work on the other end, until it fit the groove, and assemble that one, too. Then, I laid the top back flat on the bench, and leveled the edges with the panel….sander to round the corners a bit. Finally, I could set it aside..

This will be what the top looks like. Needed a way to attach it to the case….cut a few scraps of pine..

Screws and glue, to attach these corner blocks to the top webframe. A drill bit was rocked front to rear, to create a slot…

So, if the top wants to move a bit, it can. Had to shorten a few screws. Set the top face down on the bench, then

Somehow got the case onto the top. Centered the case up, and screwed it down. Then got this thing OFF my bench…

Starting to look like something, now. Needed the bench cleared, have drawer part to do next….that is always “fun”. I think I know where that plug cutter got stashed….so I need to make a few plugs, too.

Stay tuned, the fun starts up soon….( Handles? too soon to figure what to use?......)

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 08-10-2017 10:55 AM

You did a great job with the top. The walnut is highlighted with the maple for a classy contrast. Fantastic project.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#2 posted 08-10-2017 12:01 PM

You’re good at moving the ball forward. I spend too much time staring at things, agonizing about what the best thing to do might be.

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