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Shaker Cherry Nightstand - Handtool heavy #7: Step 7: Fitting and constructing the drawer

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Blog entry by Bertha posted 03-17-2011 02:11 PM 1339 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Step 6: Fitting the drawer for final assembly Part 7 of Shaker Cherry Nightstand - Handtool heavy series Part 8: Step 8: drawer and French Bottom assembly »

First, to fit the drawer front using the No. 5 (set thick) and the No. 7 (set thin). I left the top & bottom of the drawer 1/16” oversized, so I shouldn’t have to take off much wood:

Here’s what I mean by thick & thin:

I’m quite pleased with the fit. My fiance’ specifically chose this drawer front for the grain pattern.

The rear is fit in the same manner and I’ll then fit the sides:

Moving on to fitting the sides:

Now the sides will be cut to length after a test fit against the drawer back:

Here’s a little detail of the current fit. The lower drawer support is free in the rear and will be pinned once I’m happy with the drawer motion.

Now to trim the pices to final dimension, mark out the dovetails and bottom, and cut! That’s a bit of worm you see on the top of the rear apron. I promise it’s a flat cut!

-- 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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#1 posted 03-17-2011 03:04 PM

I never get tired of seeing a well tuned plane give up whispy thin shavings. These planing skills are key to getting things to fit properly. Burning electrons can’t get us this kind of accuracy. You show that well.
Thanks this is an excellent blog!

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Bertha

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#2 posted 03-17-2011 03:15 PM

Thanks Ratchet! I could have passed this through the planer and over the jointer, but then I couldn’t drag out my blog over two weeks! I’ll blast out “my” nightstand with powertools but being for the lady, this one needed that special attention. Seeing your components square up to adequate tolerances after using mostly hand tools is a very satisfying feeling for me.

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

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JasonD

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#3 posted 03-17-2011 08:35 PM

A) The nightstand is coming along great.

B) That cherry is gorgeous!

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Dennisgrosen

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#4 posted 03-17-2011 10:07 PM

what a pleassure to see the pile of curled shaving being build up on the floor ;-))

and it was dam right of you to drag it out for over two weeks
sadly you havn´t ask for advise´s so we could have confused you and helped you
to drag it out for a year or two before you are finished ….. you know we love to do that for you .. :-)

take care
Dennis

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mafe

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#5 posted 03-17-2011 11:17 PM

Fine planes.
But a wonderful job you do!
I enjoy to follow.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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tdv

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#6 posted 03-18-2011 12:30 AM

Really good job & it’s so good to escape from power tools from time to time I love the feel of a plane shaving wood hard to explain but it’s almost spiritual, I’m sure you know what I mean, anyway thanks for the series
Best
Trevor (I knew Mads would like the planes)

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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therookie

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#7 posted 03-18-2011 12:34 AM

looking really good

-- http://aewoodworks.webs.com

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Dave

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#8 posted 03-20-2011 04:39 AM

To me Al you will get a better product with the planes and you didn’t have to set up any of those big ole machines. I love cherry. And I do like your project.
Hey are you going to break out the new bow saw and awe us with some dovetailed drawers?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Bertha

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#9 posted 03-20-2011 10:46 AM

Superdave, I spent the day yesterday dovetailing & I’ll post the photos once I find my blasted camera! I am however worried that the LJ’s will disapprove of my efforts. For half-blinds, I like to oversaw the pinboard & leave horrible sawmarks and gauge marks everywhere. As promised, I’m working away on the French Bottom, which is taking longer than the dovetails!

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

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Dave

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#10 posted 03-20-2011 03:26 PM

Waiting with anticipation. I like the oversawn marks by the way. Its ole school.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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