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Next Kitchen Project #9: Drawer Building 101, part 2

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 10-26-2018 03:54 PM 384 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Drawer building, part 1 Part 9 of Next Kitchen Project series Part 10: Cut list, and a start on the doors »

Ok, I had the Stanley 45 all set up to plough grooves for the bottom of the drawer to reside in.

Made a jig, to hold the front and the two sides..

Just three sticks of scrap….third one to hold the part down. Front was done first, then the jig was changed to the shorter length of the sides..

Got both of these sides done. Then it was time to tear the Stanley 45 down, and set it up for dados..

Exchange the #12 cutter for this #18-1/2 cutter ( matches the thickness of the pine board) exchange the short rods for these long rods ( more balanced better reach) screwdrivers to tear down, turn things around, assemble..

BEFORE I installed these three new parts, I had the main stock ( as it is called) flat on the bench top, nicker needed rotated down. Sliding stock also needed it’s nicker rotated down..

All set. Long rods stick out the non-fenced side..just a bit…have a use for that..

Vise as a third hand, while I assemble things…even helped hold the plane, while I set the depth stop..

Just over 1/4” deep. Fence was set about 1/2” away from the cutter. Skates need to be even with the sides of the cutter, to allow the nickers to do their job.

All set. Need to change the jig, again….this time I can tighten the jig with the vise..

Then the crossbar gets screwed down at the back of the jig. To remove the part, un-screw one end of the bar, loosen the vise a tad. Ok, dado work..

I drag the plane backwards to use just the nickers. They cut a line across the grain…however, I do not like it when this plane does a “blowout” where it enters and leaves the cut..so…

I use a backsaw to deepen the lines at where the dado starts and exits….just an inch or so, no need to do the entire line….

Plane makes a boatload of chips, though. Once the depth stop says “STOP”...the “twins” arrive..

One does a pilot hole, centered in the dado. Three screws are usually enough to attach the back…flip the board over, and the other twin does it’s thing..

I have a pair of 6” sweep brace drills…one is for pilot holes, this one is for the countersinks…why change bits, when I just change drills? One more task before some cutting and assembly..

Long time ago, I started clipping the back corners at the bottom of drawers, seemed to help when trying to insert a drawer into the case. The side were also used to mark how wide the back should be….a small mark was made on the drawer front, where the groove from the sides stop. Then both the back and the sides layout the size the bottom panel needs to be..

Ok, spread some glue into the dovetails, and the dados….mallet to drive the sides home into the dovetails…screws to fasten the back…one pipe clamp and two cauls to clamp the dovetails..right in the center, for now..

Screws to attach the bottom, AFTER checking the drawer for square..

Then stand the drawer up. and add the other two clamps…

Note that the caul is just below the drawer’s front. Then stash the drawer out of the way, while the glue dries

While I also work on a Puzzle….of how to cut the remaining parts out of what Oak I have left…..yep, forgot to generate a “Cut List”.....have the Single Brain Cell Sketch Up working things out….then I mark the results down on the Plans..
Stay tuned….next episode will be about Door Building 101…...while a few glue-ups cure,,,

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



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