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Shaker Cherry Nightstand - Handtool heavy #5: Step 5: assembly (pre-drawer)

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Blog entry by Bertha posted 03-14-2011 12:43 AM 1414 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Step 4: working out the drawer supports Part 5 of Shaker Cherry Nightstand - Handtool heavy series Part 6: Step 6: Fitting the drawer for final assembly »

I completed all the drawer guide joints and turned my attention to assembly. I glued up the front of the case; the tenoned lower rail and dovetailed upper rail made it a snap to glue up (a curious woooden skew looks on):

I need some method to attach the top that allows for movement. I also need a good excuse to pull out the plow plane. I’ll place a 3/8” dado in the side aprons using the Stanley #45. Sharp nickers & some paraffin make for some fun planing:

Now for the glue-up! I gave a dab of glue to the lower “adjustable” drawer supports. If the drawer comes out perfectly, I’ll pin the support where it is.

Next step: fitting the drawer. I’m going to have some fun with this & I think I’ll use some hickory with a French bottom:

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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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matt garcia

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#1 posted 03-14-2011 01:10 AM

Awesome!! Look at those traditional tools!! I just commented on a shoulder plane that I bought a few years ago, and have never used. I used it to final fit the tenons of my bed project. What an awesome tool!!! Nice project!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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Bertha

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#2 posted 03-14-2011 01:17 AM

Matt, once you fit a tenon with a shoulder plane, there’s no going back! :)

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

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#3 posted 03-14-2011 07:24 PM

looking very nice

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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NBeener

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#4 posted 03-14-2011 07:27 PM

”once you fit a tenon with a shoulder plane, there’s no going back! :)”

Words to live by !

Great post. Great progress. It must BE a pretty wonderful thing to do the bulk of/an entire project, using ONLY hand tools.

May or may not ever be a joy I know ;-)

-- -- Neil

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Bertha

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#5 posted 03-14-2011 07:46 PM

Niel, my shoulder is protesting, but it is indeed very satisfying. I’m not to the point where I can get incredibly crisp joints by hand (and own only a solitary Starrett device), but when building a project for a loved one, the tool marks impress me more than the precision. 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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#6 posted 03-15-2011 12:18 AM

hey bertha didn´t you say that pplane was in the mail to me already and now you use it again …. LOL
nice to see you use it :-) thanks

take care
Dennis

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