Shaker Style End table #5: Getting things ready for a drawer..

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 03-15-2015 04:19 AM 1354 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, thanks to being allowed back at my “day job”, not too much has been done. I did get the stretcher glued into place..

And the front and back edges of the top jointed down level with the bread board edges

Let the glue set up for a day or two ( Doctor visits and tests ) then attached the top. I figured it would be easier to do it now, rather than wiggle in past the runners for the drawer.

Got the front of the drawer sized and fitted to the table.

So I decided to cut the sides to size. Two sides came out of this one board. Crosscut with a saw…

One of them new-fangled cordless saws. Got both sides cut to length, and then a little plane work on the end grain

Even though the saw cut wasn’t that bad

I still clamped up both sides together in the vise. got that end looking good, turn the sides over, without moving them, and planed the other end. Both ends are squared up, but the sides are way too wide. Marked in pencil were the cut was to be. Took a combo square, set it to that line. Utility knife and the square were run along the pencil line as deep as i could go. Put the square away. Went back along the cut line, but leaned the knife over the waste side, cutting a “V” like groove. Called a “Knife Wall”.

That thin ribbon came out of the line. Don’t have a “true” rip saw, but, we can make do..

Got both side pieces ripped to width. Then I planed the sawn edge smooth, while checking the fit in the drawer opening. Got both done. Then the fight began….

I happen to have a dovetail jig for a corded router, by Porter cable #4210. Haven’t used the dang thing in a few years. Went to get out the 1/2” shank 1/2” dovetail bit for the jig…..but carbide flutes were broken. Looked at the jig…yep, nice trail along the side in the metal base.

Dug out the 1/4’ shanked bit, and the collar for the jig. The was just barely enough shank in the collet to hold the bit, with the collar right on the collet. Test piece…..not great, needed some fine tuning..

Got out the 16oz ball pean hammer. Tap here a couple there, things lined up better. Coolar rubbed the guide pins on the jig, making things hard to shove in the jig. getting a bit of an attitude going….

First side was done…

Not the greatest, but fixable….more taps…the other side was done a bit better. Now i get to plane the sides to match the front, one was high the other a bit low. Clamped the drawer to the bench

Leaving enough room for a plane to go through. One more thing about this jig, in will do both the side and front at the same time, but, you need to add scraps to the othe side to balance the pressure of the clamps

Inside of the front goes up, inside of the side goes out. Not too bad, since the last ime for this jig was 5 years ago….

Next up, cut a groove for the back to sit in, and mill a groove for the bottom to go into. Make the runners for the drawer to slide on….and maybe get some sort of finish on the whole shebang…

Stay tuned. We be getting there..

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

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#1 posted 03-15-2015 07:53 PM

I knew that sooo much would be accomplished here….
I rested up…. Now I need another nap.
Your work pace wears me out!!!

I need to build me a drawer…. or two….

Carry on….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 03-16-2015 01:22 AM

Looking good, my friend. It is amazing what you can do with that wood.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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