Maple Chest of Drawers #12: Drawer Wars

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 08-16-2017 04:01 AM 909 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Always seem to be a fight during the first drawer build…..if it has been a while between builds…

Ok, more of a catch up on how things are going….both on the thumb, and the project

X-rays this morning show thumb has healed….been in the splint a bit too long….NOW I get to loosen it up to where it will bend like new, again….to do that, it was back to the shop today..

Ok, Drawers: Laid out a few drawer fronts…

These were the “easy ones” the next one had “issues”..

A crack came apart…Elmer to the rescue. The last front? Turned out to be Poplar…grrrr. Traded for a few more planks of Maple….Two of the three were for drawer sides. I thought I had some stock for sides…

Hmmm, not wide enough? Trashed those, and cut 10 new sides that were wide enough..

Had to resaw these down for width…8” was a tad too wide. Planed one edge on each

Then worked on dovetails, again..

This one got new sides, just needed tails to match the pins already cut….second drawer was started..

Because someone thought I should be doing small dovetails…..then I messed up….I cut the pins in the wrong direction…..hmm. Inside of the drawer front became the outside of the drawer front. Meh, teach me for working on a Monday..

Tuesday began with that Doctor visit for the thumb. Then I used a square to lay out the other side’s dovetails..I wanted to make sure these lined up with the “existing” on the other end of the drawer front….now you see why I have that 12” square…

Took a couple trips, but a sheet of 1/4” plywood ( 2’ x 4’ panel) and a slab of 1/4”~ Poplar, a glass with ice and Mountain Dew, with a cover to keep the spiders from dropping in. Oh, and a camera.
Laid out where the pins were to go, double check a few times, too..

This time, I made sure the x marked the waste parts. I saw to split the lines..

Then chisel out the waste. I work halfway through from one face, flip the board over, and finish chopping. I used these pins to lay out the tails..

Had to sharpen the pencil up. Trying to trace around each pin, while holding things in place….need a better thumb…

Then I came back with a square, and marked a stop line. Bandsaw was next….used a cordless drill, with a wire cup brush, to spin the drive pulley up to speed, then turn the motor on…works, until a new start capacitor shows up.. I then cut on the waste sides of the lines…trying to leave the lines…

I made a few extra cuts, the less I have to chisel out in these “confined spaces” the better I like it…finally did a bit of chisel work..

Then a dry fit. I put this drawer aside for a bit..

Brought out the first drawer, to do a bit of clean up..

Stanley #4c. Got all the pins leveled down to the sides. Time to make some grooves,,,set up the Stanley 45, and made a jig to hold a few parts..

#12 cutter is supposed to give me a 1/4” wide groove. Helps when I rub the skates with the candle ( need a new one, before too much longer..)and a few flakes drop into the grooves, nice and slick. Grooved the two sides, and the front. Needed a dado to house the drawer’s back. Did not feel like switching the Stanley 45 back and forth, the spurs are a Royal PITA to change out. I set the depth stops on the Langdon Mitre box, and made two saw cuts..

I then put the side back into the jig, and used a chisel to pop out the waste….a back was cut to size on the bandsaw, and test fits were done for all four sides..

As I needed to figure the size for the plywood bottom….Usual luck….it would not fit in the bandsaw….hand to use the Atkins No.59 HANDSAW to cut the drawer’s bottom to size…whew.

Figured I go ahead and glue this up…took about 6 “F” style clamps..

Checked for square…..needed a place to stash this, as I need to do a bit more work on the bench..

Same place the plywood and Poplar were sitting…on the washing machine,,shhhhhh….
Got the other drawer out, and made more grooves and a dado….dry fit?

Just needs a back cut, and the bottom cut made. Details?

This is where the two meet. Sometimes I will cut a 45 degree corner, to help get a drawer started into the case…

Suppertime came around….figured that was enough for one day. Might be able to pick up the pace as the thumb loosens up…maybe tomorrow I can get a few thing done….tired of moving at the Speed of Smell…..

Stay tuned…maybe a drawer a day? maybe more?

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

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#1 posted 08-17-2017 06:04 PM

Looks great to me. Still amazed at how much you get done with the hand tools.
Keep up the good work!

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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