Grandson's Coffee Table #5: Drawer done

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 12-14-2018 01:18 AM 1086 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: A start on the drawer Part 5 of Grandson's Coffee Table series Part 6: Worked on the top »

Going to be a short episode….rest of today’s misadventures will be in another blog…
Jigged things up…Stanley 45 set up for 1/4” x 1/4” grooves..

Got the sides and the front grooved. Wide fingers on the front will hide the grooves in the sides…

Took three tries to get this cut correctly 1) long enough, not square, nor wide enough, 2) long enough, square, too wide…3) long enough after trimmed, square, just wide enough..
Where the back meets the sides, there needs to be a dado/rebate..

In order to attach the back to the sides, I needed a couple pilot holes for screws..

Then countersunk on the outside…fun part was trying to glue and clamp and fasten everything…at once..

Let this mess sit awhile….Marked out some curves as sharp corner at kneecap height just won’t do..

2” radius should be enough..

Dust Pan needed, aisle #1
Later, snuck back to the shop..glue had set up enough, I could test fit, tune the fit, add a knob..

Had issues with the fit being a bit, today I worked on that…had a high spot rubbing the kicker

It would almost close, but not quite…Sanded that spot down…fit all the way now…still a tad sticky …block plane where one side was rubbing against the drawer guide…then tested the kicker..

There is nothing under the drawer…kicker is holding things in the air…slide the drawer in..

Knob was the only one I had IN the shop…seems to work.
Stay tuned….top got flattened today, and attached to the base…

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

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#1 posted 12-14-2018 07:07 AM

Thought it would be done by now? :)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 12-14-2018 10:47 AM

Good excuse for using that battery drill and a bloody corded router man!

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 12-15-2018 09:58 AM

You went into the trouble of ripping the front apron to get the drawer face. I guess to have continuous grain flow.
So i am a bit surprised you didn’t make half blind dovetails for the drawer front.

It doesn’t mean the finger joints are not nice.
Your Grandson is lucky to have a Grandfather who is able and willing to rapidly make nice furniture at short notice.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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