Chimney Cabinet #2: Drawers Fitted (First Inset Drawers)

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Blog entry by thiel posted 01-04-2010 06:34 AM 2319 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got these drawers fitted before I closed up for the winter:

They are gonna swell!

This is the first time I’ve done inset drawers, and it was a bit easier than the hell I’d imagined it to be. The weather was already pretty cold and dry when I fit these though, so I assume they’ll swell in the spring. I haven’t glued them up just in case.

I did learn something though. Having cut the dovetails on all the very close but not yet fitted parts, I was able to shave the bottoms of the drawers as well as the tops to fit them. What that meant was that the runners actually stick down below the drawer faces and preserve the gap nicely. It was a nice little trick to discover and it made the process a lot easier; I could take equal passes from top and bottom and open up equal gaps.

The entire piece is extremely straightgrained, except for these drawer faces. I thought that would be a nice choice and so far I’m pleased with how it’s turning out….

Sadly, this is my winter shop configuration:

Equipment on wheels...

.... which I’m forced to do because I walk to work and I just can’t leave the car outside all winter without it being driven. (The brakes rust, things fall off, etc.). So, I drive it on the weekends and store it in the shop during most days.

Anyway, with the car in there I still have access to the lathe and had planned to turn all winter. What I didn’t bank on was the water in my grinder freezing! I’ll solve that problem and focus on bowls!

-- --Thiel

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#1 posted 01-04-2010 07:33 AM

aaah… the wonderful things winter brings.

I actually have to take everything in liquid form with me into the house at the end of each day at the shop… glues, lubricants, water, soaps, you name it. or it’ll pop the bottles to hell.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 01-04-2010 07:37 AM

Looks like a good fit on the drawers well done.


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#3 posted 01-04-2010 07:50 AM

That would drive me nuts closing up for winter. Well the drawers look great and uniform. Good luck with your turning projects.

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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