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Shaker Cherry Nightstand - Handtool heavy #4: Step 4: working out the drawer supports

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Blog entry by Bertha posted 1259 days ago 974 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I debated over this and many LJ’s were quite supportive of my plight. Feeling guilty over machining my aprons, I decided to address the drawer guides with a saw & chisel. As it’s a small drawer on a small piece, I figured the lower support might need the most support; the upper simply for tracking & anti-tip. I want to assemble the carcass front-back, then sides. I also wanted some allowance for shelf adjustment, so here goes:

I’m going to split the lower guide between a tenon into the lower rail, overlapping the front leg:

I’m going to notch the rear lower guide around the rear leg so that I can adjust the fit with a small pin/glue.

Here’s the idea:

For the top guide, I’ll tenon away from the dovetail in the top rail & directly into the rear apron.

Here’s the idea:

Now all the pieces are relatively collected:

Once I mortise for the drawer guides, I’ll assemble the case & fit it for the drawer. Wish me luck & thanks for looking!

OK, enough thinking; more chopping. I mortised the front lower rail to accommodate the overlapping lower drawer support. There’s a hammer for Mads & a mortiser for Dennis!

It’s a good fit!

Now I’ll do the same for the top rail. There’s a cheap blue-handle Irwin peeking out for credibility.

It looks like it’s going to work

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog



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Dennisgrosen

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#1 posted 1259 days ago

okay you get the good luck from me … :-) ready …............... may you break a legg

take care
Dennis

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Bertha

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#2 posted 1258 days ago

Thanks Dennis! Fitting wooden drawer guides is probably my least favorite aspect of woodworking. If I was a master of Sketchup and layout, I probably wouldn’t dread it as much. I hope to do some chopping tonight. Perhaps I’ll bring out some new chisels to share. Thanks for looking!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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ratchet

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#3 posted 1258 days ago

I’m praying for a good fit first shot. Or at least an easy adjustment for you.

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Bertha

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#4 posted 1258 days ago

I’m praying the same thing, Ratchet. I appreciate the encouragement!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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mafe

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#5 posted 1258 days ago

It will be perfect!
No doubt,
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Beginningwoodworker

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#6 posted 1258 days ago

Looks good.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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