Credenza / Entertainment Center #10: Drawer Fronts and DONE!

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Blog entry by jamsomito posted 05-30-2021 03:54 PM 640 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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At this point, the deadline was long past and we picked a firm delivery date. It’s for my mother-in-law, so she was lovingly patient, but I felt bad this thing had taken so long and it was time to move it on to its rightful home. These drawer fronts were admittedly a little rushed, but they came out ok and pulled the whole piece together.

Started by picking an interesting-looking board and cutting out the sections I wanted for the fronts.

Rough cut

Final cut. I like the swirling appearance of the top and bottom drawers with the straight grain in the middle.

Stained and finished in a week’s time. I kept needing to move things around due to the stupid weather we’ve been having. I left the stain in the sun for a whole day to make sure I didn’t remove any of it with the first coat of finish like I had on the shelves. Then finish in the garage, in our bathroom, back to the garage for sanding, and ultimately the last coat went on in the basement. But we made it work!!

The boards came out a little splotchy because I probably could have spent more time prep-sanding. The grain here was a little wonky because it was right around a big ol’ knot, but I just didn’t have the time to do it right and it’s really bugging me. Oh well – done is better than perfect sometimes and the finish on top still laid out really nicely.

Then came drilling for the hardware. I had to pick between my 3 options. My favorite was the brushed nickel knobs, but the client wanted handles. The hardware in the area these were going was black so they would match, and I think the long character of the handles compliments the form factor of the whole piece too. So these are a good second choice.

I made a jig to drill the holes in each front.

Then mounted the fronts to the drawers. I ended up being able to clamp these, so no need to screw the fronts to the drawers. I put 4 screws through the drawer into the front for each, and had to drill out for the handle bolts since they weren’t long enough.

Got ‘em all in on the morning of delivery and quick cut some biscuit holes for z-clips on the top.

A little clean-up and she’s done!

Ship-it day!

And finally in its home.

I feel like I left a piece of my life here after the blood, sweat, and tears went into this. But the client is happy and it’s on to many other things. Any comments or critiques are welcome!

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#1 posted 05-30-2021 05:35 PM

Very nice.
I can see why your client is happy.
It’s amazing how much work goes into these that nobody ever see’s.
But the final result does show it.

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#2 posted 06-03-2021 12:39 AM

Why thank you LeeRoyMan.
Much appreciated!

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#3 posted 06-03-2021 12:40 AM

Oh, you’re welcome..

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#4 posted 06-03-2021 01:11 AM

Sorry to offend you… I appreciate the sentiment. Thanks :)

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