Working with recycled timber #78: AKs ToolMakers Chest drawer fronts and start of the top case compartment

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 10-14-2017 04:22 AM 3890 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I left off working on the front extension in August, the extension of the front is to accomodate the drawer handles.
So its now October and I am motivated to get this project finished. (started 2015!)

I selected some of the timber with the dark grain effect in it for the drawer fronts.

By cutting the pieces required as a sort of book match I was able to have the grain run continously from the bottom drawer to the top drawer.

I still do not know what the timber is, but it looks nice!

Next I needed a thin kerf blade to cut the three upper half width drawers fronts in half as I wantd to maintain a close fit with everything.
I guess I could have used my bandsaw but instead I opted to fit a thin blade to the table saw and cut them all together with the sled.
Once thet was done I used a small round over bit to profile edge them all.

I then commenced attaching them

How I did this was:
Simply applied glue to the jointing surfaces and fitted the front, waited until the glue would hold the front under its own weight, then fitted window spacers to maintain the gap and then clamped it up in the open position.

I must have lost the picture

It was very fiddly and took almost all day to ensure everything fitted OK
The final result. (Dreadful picture I will see if I have another, looks like an elephant sat on the end!!)

another view

Put a couple of screws in the back in case it fell off!

All that remains now is to determine what sort of handles I want to use, then fit them along with all the other hardware locks hinges etc, finish the top compartment and decide on a surface finish then but as of now ts practically finished.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 10-14-2017 04:38 AM

Rob, You are a way better woodworker than I sir…beautiful!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 10-14-2017 09:54 AM

Put a couple of screws in the back in case it fell off!

- robscastle

rc, looks like even your screws have screws…. at lest you can’t be accused of having a loose screw.

I must have lost the picture

- robscastle

Look under your bags off screws.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#3 posted 10-14-2017 04:17 PM

Rob, this is coming along nicely. I like the look.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 10-14-2017 05:24 PM

Super progress, keep us up to date, please.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#5 posted 10-14-2017 07:42 PM


You fixed it the EASY way! ... and it’s just as good (probably)...

Looking GOOD!

... and you got that Elephant off of it! (weird picture angle)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#6 posted 10-14-2017 11:58 PM

This going to be an awesome box

-- Rick M,

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