Next Kitchen Project #8: Drawer building, part 1

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 10-25-2018 05:36 AM 958 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Well…made the mistake of telling the Boss that I could bring the base cabinet upstairs….but,,that Ugly thing had to be empty, and out of the Kitchen..first…..was almost like a bomb had gone off!

First off,,,there WAS a zip-tie holding the doors shut…for the simple reason that was the only way they would STAY shut…picture above is after two trash bags were filled…and a tub for the firepit..

Was filled enough to start a second one….tried to help…but that didn’t go too well…

Later, the Boss decided to “run to the store”...fine, I’ll go hide in the shop for a while..
Got the drawer front out of the clamps…checked for the fit in the opening…little wide, little tall..

marked this edge with a straightedge…bandsaw to almost follow the line. Planes to joint the edge straight.

Set up the tablesaw for a rip cut…fence wasn’t locking in place….visegrips finger clamp to make sure it stayed put..ripped the blank along the non-jointed edge….then back to the bench for more jointing..

Tried both planes…the 62 seemed to do a little better ..

But the No. 14 did alright . where the ends were. Edges straight and parallel…marked the ends to cut for square..then a test fit or two….

wanted it to be as close as I could get, a snug fit can be planed a bit. Then tried to clean up the faces of the blank….beltsander with 80 grit will do for the inside face….but not for the show face. Tried a few planes….62 chattered along, #3c wasn’t quite as bad….hmmm. well there is this thing, again..

Reset the saw acouple more times…ripped a Pine 1×12 to make the sides of the drawer..and have enough to make the drawer’s back…crosscut until two sides were the correct length…for 1/2 blind dovetails..

Scraped away most of the “bad” spots, and chatter marks. Then laid out for some dovetails…and cut those..

Working out a new “system” for this sort of joint…still working out the “bugs”...will descride it WHEN I get working the way I want. Someday, I might get the hang of these…enough to do larger jobs.
Got the other end dovetailed….was almost a twin of the first….tried to put the wrong end onto the second corner..
Was finally able to do a dry fit, with both sides where they need to be..

Need to mill a groove for the bottom and a dado for the back of the drawer…tomorrow. I at least changed out the Stanley #45 from rebate plane to plough plane..

Need to make a jig to hold the parts still…long enough to mill a few grooves. Then change the plane and the jig to do dados….Later, I’ll have to change it back to do grooves for the door panels…

Slid the drawer in a bit…don’t want it any further…without a handle or two…might be a problem getting it back out.
Deemed it safe to go back upstairs, and through the Kitchen….enough fun for one day.

Stay tuned….

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#1 posted 10-25-2018 04:37 PM

Enjoying this blog as much as your previous one on the heater cabinet. You really cranked out those neat dovetails fast. Rain coming tomorrow – hope you have a good day today.

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