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Blog entry by dbhost posted 04-03-2019 08:26 PM 967 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an odd one, but here we go…

During the Hurricane Harvey flooding, there were lots of homes that got say like 4” of water in the house. Enough to trash the bottom of say a chest of drawers, but didn’t touch the drawers themselves. (wait for it, I am getting there!)

So Now we are what a year and a half after Harvey, and my sister in law shows up to the house, takes off with my beautiful bride, and returns with her, and a truck bed full of drawers that she had pulled out of various chests of drawers and cabinets that had been Harvey Damaged.

Now my task. Built a lowboy entertainment console, featuring those drawers, for our living room…

How on earth do I ever let myself get talked into this stuff?

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#1 posted 04-03-2019 09:59 PM

ha ha wood happens.ive got a neighbor that does that to me,once he wanted a tv cabinet,i said i just dont have the time,so he goes in the house comes back and puts 400 bucks in my hand,says that will help make you the time.he got his cabinet-i just gave up-lol.

ill bet we could start a club here with guys having the same situation!

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Craftsman on the lake

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#2 posted 04-03-2019 10:03 PM

That’s what you get for owning a table saw. You were warned. Happens to me all the time.

I’m also the only one with a pickup truck. I’ll bet some of you know what that means too!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#3 posted 04-04-2019 01:58 PM

If they are well made drawers, probably a worthwhile project. If they are cheap drawers, then you should consider it a tip of the had to matrimonial bliss.

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#4 posted 04-04-2019 02:21 PM

The drawers are only okay. Simple rabbet and dado joinery held together with pins. No glue. The wood itself appears to be red oak, and is solid wood, no particleboard or anything like that. Some glue and clamps can make these drawers useful, but not optimal.

I can however disassemble what is there, and reuse the lumber, do proper dovetails or box joints at the corners, and reuse the drawer fronts, they are fine….

Honestly, I am not crazy about the use of drawers period. I need a console for a FireTV Recast, a Wii (yeah I still use my Wii), and a PS/4. I am thinking about just puling the drawer fronts and using them as doors over a properly sized shelf / cubby to hold the electronics.

While we don’t have it yet, we have decided on a TV for the living room, and are literally putting our change in a bucket to save up for it, and are about halfway there. We are planning on going with a Vizio P Class Quantum HDR 75, a 75” HDR flat screen with a fantastic picture. I have to apologize to my friends though, I have never been a football fan so no superbowl watch parties on this thing. However I am game for throwing an Indy 500 watch party!

On the owning a table saw thing. Funny you should mention that. I am seriously considering taking the extension off of my BT3100, and doing some cleanup / refreshing of worn parts, and leaving it set up for dadoes.

Almost, not 100%, but well over 95% of my ripping and crosscutting is done with my circular saw and cutting guide. I am finding it easier to deal with especially since I tend to work with sheet goods… The BT is NOT going away any time soon, it’s just that I have been finding its function is more limited than I anticipated when I started out…. There are however LOTS of things I would rather not do in other methods. Tenons are best on the table saw, dadoes although I can do then with the router, I prefer to do on the table saw, etc…

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#5 posted 04-06-2019 04:17 AM

Funny because I salvaged a bunch of solid wood drawers, not from the hurricane.. Most I took apart but some I kept whole, need to do something with them.

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 04-06-2019 04:06 PM

I don’t own a pickup, and I don’t do projects for other than me and the immediate family. But because I was so busy when I was working, nobody thought of asking. I had a friend that will haul stuff for us without us even asking, and a BIL who is basically in the same category.

There are some advantages in being too busy…
…and some advantages in being too old… (-:

...people take care of you rather than the reverse… (-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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