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Build a table, with Leftovers #7: Outof the clamps, add the top, start on a drawer...

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 02-10-2020 06:26 AM 350 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: we have glue ups! Part 7 of Build a table, with Leftovers series Part 8: Drawer made, top done.. »

4 hours of shop time today…this might be a long post….hauled the last of the Ash 1×6 planks to the shop…clamps were removed. Centered the base onto the top….added a few screws to attach the top, and 2 that I forgot during the last glue-up….had an issue with one corner..kept snapping screws off….4th try worked…stand the base up..

Yeah, those 2 screw holes in the bottom rail…screws have been driven in, NOW they need a plug to cover them up..

Well, I have a plug cutter….3/8” tapered plug cutter. finally got 2 plugs I could use. pop them out, a dab of glue, and hammer them home..

Will come back later, trim them flush…and see if they disappear…
Set the table aside,over on the dryer, for now. Need the tablesaw. Rough cut the plank down to close to what I need…wavy edges were removed, width was set close to what I needed…ends were squared…

2 sides, and a back for a drawer. More cutting and fitting, sides to final length, and so they match each other. Width to match the drawer front…back was cut to length, and roughly to width, depending on the grooves and dados…

So, now I have a front, 2 sides and a back to build a drawer with….Dovetails will be “half blind” sort of thing…yes, I do Pins first…

Then use them to mark out the tails. Bandsaw to cut on the waste side of the lines, leaving the lines ( plus a few extra cuts, to help with the chopping)

Chisel to get back into the tight corners…next? Grooves to house the bottom of the drawer…wanted to center the groove between two pins at the bottom of the drawer front…

So the tail in the side of the drawer will cover the groove…

Stanley #45, with a #12 straight cutter…just over a 1/4” deep. And..LOTS of candle wax….grooves done, next?

The drawer’s back sits in a dado. Used the back to layout the size. depth is the same as the grooves. Mitre box to make a few cuts to the depth needed…then a chisel about the same width as the dado..

Popped the waste out..most of it…kind of rough looking? We have ways, now….with a new plane in the shop..

Stanley No. 71 1/2..routah plane….cleaned the dados right up….one other detail….starter bevels..

I bevel the back corner of the drawers, to make starting the full drawer easier…no banging around, feeling for the drawer opening. That little tab at the back of the groove breaks off, anyway…Test fit the back..

back was a hair too wide..plane took care of that…Need a pair of drills, next..

One for the pilot holes..

Then flip over, and do the countersinks…

About 10 full rotations, yes, I did count them…These are for the screws to hold the back in place….along with a bit of glue….time for a dry fit?

Still need to buy a bit of plywood for the drawer bottom, then I can do a glue up….as for those 2 plugs, after 4 hours, they had sit long enough…chisel to trim they flush…

Tried to match the grain. swept the floor, and went up to my computer desk…and looked out the window…

That ain’t very nice! I hate snow.

Stay tuned, almost done…

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