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Shaker Cherry Nightstand - Handtool heavy #6: Step 6: Fitting the drawer for final assembly

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Blog entry by Bertha posted 1131 days ago 950 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Step 5: assembly (pre-drawer) Part 6 of Shaker Cherry Nightstand - Handtool heavy series Part 7: Step 7: Fitting and constructing the drawer »

My fiance’ selected a length of cherry for the drawer front/rear and some very wormy maple for the sides. I’ll address the French bottom in maple as well.

Here’s the case waiting to be fitted; very simple, as promised. a molder checks in:
(the top is yet to be attached, hence the skew :) )

Here’s the selection of very wormy cherry destined for the drawer sides:

Here it is rough fit with a 1/16” reveal:

Here are the assembled components (with the exception of the drawer bottom) awaiting final fit:

Now, to handplane to final dimensions, lay out the drawer dados, handcut the front/rear half-blinds, and design the french bottom. A paduak/cocobolo mallet inspects. 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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NBeener

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#1 posted 1131 days ago

Cool mallet !

I’m SO grateful when people do blogs OF the furniture they build. In truth … that might be where I learn the most.

The books hit the high points, but … the stuff I see in pictures … tells me the details about people’s process … that truly propels me forward—how they fit up pieces, how they ensure accuracy and consistency (as opposed to precision), how they stay organized, how they make decisions regarding species, how they are not reluctant to change course, mid-stream, if that’s what the project calls for.

That’s a fine looking piece, and a great blog to watch :-)

-- -- Neil

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Bertha

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#2 posted 1131 days ago

Thanks Neil, that really hits home with me & I couldn’t agree more. I have a hard time relating to a TV show for example (sorry Norm), where a guy passes a full sheet of plywood through a drum sander in his backyard shop. Or the guy in the magazine who builds a bowfront chest with hand-carved ball/claw feet on a two-page spread. On this site, you can find a guy struggling with a $10 ripsaw or a guy tweaking his homebrewed CNC. It makes the whole thing much more accessible to me, and for that reason, much more inspiring. 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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#3 posted 1131 days ago

Thats going to be a nice nightstand once you finish.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Dandog

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#4 posted 1131 days ago

that’s going to be really nice.I agree with Neil that’s a cool Mallet.

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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Bertha

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#5 posted 1131 days ago

Thanks guys! It’s going to be very simple but I’ll have a lot of pride in the construction. That little mallet is of Paduak & cocobolo with a dogwood key. I designed the top flat to get at plane irons behind a wooden wedge. 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 1131 days ago

Looking very nice! Beech got nice legs and good proportions. Love that wormy cherry.

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Bertha

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#7 posted 1131 days ago

Thanks Ratchet, I know that many people would hide the worms but I really like it in a piece like this. I guess we’ll all find out how it turns out soon!

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

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#8 posted 1131 days ago

great blog Bertha :-)
nice progress since last I had chance to look into you

take care
Dennis

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Bertha

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#9 posted 1131 days ago

Thanks Dennis! I’m hoping to at least trim the drawer elements to final dimension tonight & perhaps lay out the half-blinds. If I can get the drawer assembled with a proper French bottom by Monday, I’ll be happy. I’m going to turn the tenon for the drawer knob & let my fiance’ finish it off on the lathe. I’m shooting for some wetsanded Danish Oil on the outside & some shellac/wax on the innards. I’m not entirely confident about my pseudo-adjustable rear/lower drawer guide, so we’ll have to wait & see. This is the first piece of furniture I’ve made for my new log home in my new climate & I have no idea what type of movement to expect. I didn’t test the wood for moisture content & don’t stabilize it in my home. We’ll all see soon, I suppose!

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

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#10 posted 1130 days ago

when you said Loghome I had to check where you live but you hadnĀ“t market it on the mapsection :-)
but its a beautyfull Loghouse you and your fiance have and from the picture its a wonderfull place
for a fammely to grow :-)

take care
Dennis

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Bertha

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#11 posted 1130 days ago

Thanks Dennis! We’ve been in WV for about 9 months now & really love it. It’s a simple place with really nice people. Lots of nature to enjoy. I had my shop packed up for a full year prior to moving here. I’m so excited to be back out in the shop!

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

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#12 posted 1128 days ago

Those little beasts…
But acually I love the tracks after them.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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