Time for final assembly. My fiance’ will turn a knob and install it as a celebration when the project is complete. First, I need to mount the free lower drawer supports over a spacer. I made the drawer supports so I could control the levelness of the drawer and the reveal once all the parts were together. First I cut the spacer oversized & will trim it later:
Tack it in place with glue & brads (a consequence of waiting to the end for a final fit means I have to resort to more modern tools).
Then I’ll trim it flush to the lower apron with a chisel:
Now I’ll glue-up some drawer guides so the drawer tracks the way I like. I would have liked to tack them in but I can’t get a nailer in there!
Here’s a little rear detail for those playing along at home! I realize that it’s a bit of an unconventional joint but as I warned from the very beginning, I wanted to “design as I go” with minimal plans.
Now I’ll trim some stop blocks to perfection & glue/tack them in place for the desired drawer depth.
Now I’ll turn my attention to the buttons that secure the top. I haven’t given myself much room between the upper drawer guide & the apron, so it’ll take a little doing. First, I’ll lay them out:
Then I’ll make the rebate (Stanley #78) that allows the button to insert into the apron dado:
Then I’ll drill the holes with my favorite brace:
Here are the little beasts (as Mads likes to call worms):
Here they are in their new home. After a long conversation about stripping screws (http://lumberjocks.com/topics/25308), I took no chances & used coarse square-drive waxed Kregs:
So here’s where we are! It’s been an enjoyable journey. What’s left now is some sanding and some finishing (my least favorite part). I’m pleased with the dimensions but would have prefered slightly tapered legs. But this is not for me! I like the surface where it is (handplaned) but will sand it smooth. Thanks for looking!
-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog