Shop storage projects #3: Drawing up a Plan

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 01-03-2017 02:26 AM 725 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Not every day that I will try to draw up a plan, usually done inside my overworked brain. Sometimes, though, I need to make a few squiggles on some paper, to help find what size of parts are needed. Such is the case for the Chest o’Drawers project. 5 drawers have been decided on. 2 from 1×8 x 8’, 2 from a couple of 1×6 x 8’ and one 1×4 x8’ . Each 8’ plank will make all the parts for one drawer, except for the 1/4” plywood bottoms.

So, a few lines drawn..

The corner posts. I will be using a 4/4×3” x 42-1/2” long Pine board. Four will be needed. And how did I find out how long they needed to be?

By adding up all the marks along the side of it. I start @ 5” above the floor, for the BOTTOM of the bottom drawer. There is aweb frame for the drawer to slide on, and there is a “face frame” member to cover the edge of the web frame. Face frame gets a dovetail to hold it in place.

Height of the first drawer is @ 7-1/2”, or about what a normal 1×8 runs. By the time it gets fitted, there should be around 1/16” clearence all around.. Then repeat right up to the top of the side. Top drawer is from a 1×4. Face frame above it is a 2” wide board.
A frame for the top is made from more 4/4 pine, and will have a plywood panel set into rebates around the edges.

Right now, counting the 1” overhang of the top on the ends, width is looking like…30”. Once the sides are cobbled up, I can start making webframes. Will have to figure how wide the frames will need to be.

Ah, those sides.

I start with four planks like this one, and cut an angled foot. Plan right now is to run the Stanley #45 Sash cutter along the “inside” edge, It will give a molded edge on the outside face, and the start of a rebate, on the inside.

I can also make a series of rails ( stiles?) to connect the front and back posts. The one on the bottom and the one at the top will have just one molded edge/rebate. Four in’between ones will get molded edge top and bottom.
Rebates are to hold a plywood panel. The rails/stiles will get a tenon on each end, to fit in a mortise into the corner posts.

Webframes details..

Chest of drawer will only be 19” deep. I have to hold the front edge of the frames back about 3/4” or so, and hold the back edge in about 1/4” to allow for a back.

So, everything clear as Mud? I’ll have to hide The Plan, from Boris and Natasha…..

pending good news thursday, about this knee, I may be able to go and pick up a few boards, and MAYBE make a bit of sawdust. Stay tuned….

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

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#1 posted 01-03-2017 03:29 AM

Very much how I build.
Sometimes part way through project dimensions change too.
I dont need “SKETCHUP”
I dont use “20-20” anymore….(That one was nice for kitchens and baths)
I dont use CADD anymore either.
JUST build it.
I dont care if bottom of my planes arent flat.
I dont care if my table saw has OLD fence. THE SAW is old too.
TOO much emphasiss put on BIGGER. NEWER. LOOK how much I spent on these new tools.
Throw your digiatal Micrometers away when setting fence on table saw.
Use a tape measure ! Use a stick . When I see someone post my fence is out .0001 I laugh my ass off !
Today I am building items from barnboards and reclaimed material. Sometimes the crookeder the better. The crappier the finish the more they pay…....I love it !
Take care man !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#2 posted 01-03-2017 03:40 AM

Bandit, I want you to throw those ?plans? up in the air, pick them up, and then see if you can figure them out again by this time next week! ;-)

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#3 posted 01-03-2017 03:48 AM

I work with a Single Brain Cell form of Sketch Up, most of the times. Only when I need to figure out sizes for some sort of cut list….do I draw anything up.

Depending what the lumber is like next weekend ( I hope) some sizes may change. Just nice to have a reference point for what I need to cut up. Drawer sizes might change, depending on the boards I get.

Need to get to making sawdust….asap! Sitting around makes me grumpy…

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

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#4 posted 01-03-2017 03:56 AM

You’re Grumpy, Canadianchips is Happy, I guess that makes me Dopey. At least until someone shows up and tells me I’m wrong. :-)

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#5 posted 01-03-2017 05:33 PM

Doctor’s office is in Sidney,OH, and so is a Menards…...IF I get the OK to work, I can go on out to menards, and pick a few boards out, and get to making a bit of sawdust.

Plan is:\

Build both sides
Build 6 webframes
Assemble them together, and add a back to the case. Once the case is squared up..
Dovetail the face frame pieces into place
Build the top frame, and add the plywood top after frame is installed
Set case where it needs to go. set up to build drawers..
Dinner time!. Next day?
Start to build each drawer, have it fitted to it’s opening, before starting on the next.
Each drawer will get a pair of knobs installed. Once the drawer is done, I can load it up to make more room in the shop. By the time the top drawer is done, 90% of all the “extra” stuff will be put away.

Finish? Maybe a couple coats of Kilz primer? No need for a Fine Furniture finish down there. Coat of White should be enough.

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

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