Maple Chest of Drawers #15: Last drawer, and a PIP

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 08-24-2017 07:48 PM 1120 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok….needed to get the last drawer DONE..

Wasn’t happy with the sides I had stash back for this drawer. Cut two sides from the maple plank the front and back came from. Atkins crosscutsaw’s turn, as I try to rotate the saws through a job.
Jointer planes to get things all the same width. Drawer front and both sides need ripped to width.

Marked a few lines around, got out the usual suspects, as I had ran a saw on the ends..

As usual, pins get done first, then these take over..

Like before, I chop half way through from one side, flip the board over, and finish the chopping

Then, I transferred those markings to the other end, and made pins there. Front is chopped. Needed to mark whuch side went where, then used a set of pins to mark the tails..

And wind up with these….Next, a bit of grooviness..

Stanley #45, with a #12 cutter, to plough a groove to hold the bottom of the drawer. Got the front and both sides grooved, then, reset the plane..

Into a dado plane..

A saw to make a couple exit cuts, to prevent blowouts, run the plane to the depth stop.

Now I have a dado to hold the back

I had to rip the back to width, run a plane down and edge….then off to the clamps and glue…and screws..

Let this sit over night…

Took the clamps off, clamp the drawer into the end vise to clean the corners up. Screws holding the back in place were pulled, countersunk, and re-installed. Time to add the walnut “trim”

Backsaw, and chisels to cut a recess for the trim, and this little rasp to clean the “bed” up. Spread some glue around, moosh the trim piece around in the glue, and add some pins…..nailset to drive the pins below the surface enough to clean the trim flush..

Install the knobs, clean things up, and stash the LAST drawer in into the case. Time for a PIP?

Need to sand things down, maybe a scraper as needed…

Maybe round a few edges…

And get things ready for the coat of Amber Shellac, and then a couple clear gloss coats? Hoping the shellac bring out all the curly grains..

That does it for the Build part of this simple little project….on to the Finish part.

Then I’ll post this as a Project….thanks for following along, been fun.

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

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#1 posted 08-24-2017 11:52 PM

Looks great. After all that sawing, planing and dovetails you probably look like Popeye LOL

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#2 posted 08-27-2017 02:09 PM

Arms have always been big, anyway. I look at doing the work this way, as a good Cardio Workout.

Awaiting the finishing supplies, right now. Might get the dresser upstairs today? Then I can see what I can cobble up, out of the remains of the wood pile…

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

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