Credenza / Entertainment Center #9: Drawers

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Blog entry by jamsomito posted 05-30-2021 03:35 PM 452 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: finishing and assembling the drawer box Part 9 of Credenza / Entertainment Center series Part 10: Drawer Fronts and DONE! »

Next up was the drawers. Used 1/2” birch ply. I was going for the 1/4, 1/4, 1/4 method, but why I expected myself to actually accomplish such a procedure I do not know. I ended up cutting the dadoes for the side pieces all the way across, essentially turning them into rabbets. It worked out, I just didn’t cut a rabbet on the front/back pieces. Oh well. With some brad nails and glue these things will still be plenty strong.

The bottoms were the same 1/4 ply I used for the drawer box back panel. Tested the fit, all good.

Moved on to the glue-up.

Spent an hour or two scraping off excess glue while it was semi-dry, then filled the brad holes I used for reinforcement of the joints.

After some sanding at a few different grits, I applied my brand to the outside front corner of each drawer. I was thinking about a place to put it that wasn’t subtle and non-pretentious, and I really like this spot! Visible when you open a drawer.

I applied 4 coats of varathane satin water-based polyurethane from a rattle can. I love this stuff, comes out really nice. Then it was time for the slides.

I cut spacers for the bottom of each drawer to line up with the shelves, except the bottom one which got a 1/2” offset upwards on the case and 1/4” offset upwards on the drawer.

I originally set the slides back 1/16” in the case per some youtube videos I watched on the matter. Eventually I moved them all forward to be flush with the front of the case. The drawers did not have a positive “lock” in the closed position when I had them mounted back a bit. These particular slides I got from amazon already go inside the case a bit. I think this actually helps installation – just make sure they’re not proud of the case and it’s all good.

These turned out really great. Easily my favorite part of the whole piece. I love the contrasting color inside and outside the piece – more of a natural color of the drawers inside and the stained oak of the outside. I really like the brand placement, and the slides are nice and smooth. These were the first drawers I’ve ever made and they came out great! Only the fronts remain!

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