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Shaker Cherry Nightstand - Handtool heavy #9: Step #9: Final assembly-stop, guide, and button

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Blog entry by Bertha posted 03-22-2011 03:07 PM 3112 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Step 8: drawer and French Bottom assembly Part 9 of Shaker Cherry Nightstand - Handtool heavy series Part 10: Finishing (Boring) »

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



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#1 posted 03-22-2011 03:55 PM

looking very good Bertha :-)
Doooooon´t sand it bunishe it with schavings from the project before aplying finishes …
well just a thought

take care
Dennis

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#2 posted 03-22-2011 04:18 PM

Thank you Dennis! This is the support I need! I’ll make the pitch when I get home. I’m still considering finishes. The other furniture is black walnut but as you know, this wood was a gift and you don’t look gift wood in the grain. I applied some walnut tinted danish oil to a scrap last night & wasn’t entirely pleased. I don’t want to resort to dyes but I suppose I might. If it were up to me, it’d be tung & wax after a burnishing.

-- 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 03-22-2011 04:23 PM

Just thinking back now:

This is a great hobby we have!

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

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#4 posted 03-22-2011 07:12 PM

looking real good—the reveal is on point too

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#5 posted 03-22-2011 07:48 PM

Turned out nicely. Have you considered Poatassium Dichromate to prematurely age/oxidize it? Seriously I’m not looking to open any “haradous” can of worms here.

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#6 posted 03-22-2011 08:00 PM

Bertha don´t tease me so much ….. LOL
OOH when the day ... OOh when the day come …. for me to launch the first
big project out of the shop ….. well it wuold proppebly take me years … with all
the tools and gadgets Mads present to us … undeer the catagory … need to make … LOL

Dennis

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#7 posted 03-22-2011 09:37 PM

Thanks all!
To dub, thank you much. I started off with a tighter reveal but and overnight temperature/humidity change made me shave back a little. If it binds, I’ll shave a bit more. If it widens up, I’ll just have a sloppy reveal!

To ratchet, I am most certainly considering the K Dichrom but I don’t have a supplier available to me (that I know of), I’m pathologically impatient, and I’ve got limited time away from work. I’m most definitely interested and if I can dig some up, I plan to.

Oh Dennis, I don’t mean to tease and we suffer from the same dilemma. Mads alone has provided me with about a dozen “must do now”, “can’t live without one” projects. And there are thousands of others from other LJs! I try not to rush things & hand tools slow me down. I still get impatient at this point, though!

-- 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 03-22-2011 10:04 PM

well we can give you an advice there … :-)

the next bigger project you only use one fine 52teeth per inch saw a tiny skalpel
and sanpaper grit 600 to make it with

then you wont have any problem in the future being impatient …...... we will send you the bill later
based on the Ph.d. list….... thank you for using us :-)

take care
the Danish Viking Team

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#9 posted 03-22-2011 10:07 PM

The check will forever be in the mail! After a few mandatory projects around the house, my next project needs to be a proper workbench. I hadn’t the room for a proper French one in my old shop. You’re now aware of my handtool fetish, so this bench will be of small footprint but monstrous proportions. I want to be able to use two scrub planes on unfinished stock simultaneously!

-- 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 03-22-2011 11:02 PM

you better make a new with two offset blades in that wiil stress you as much as using two scrubs …. LOL

have you seen one of the last benches that one with purplehart edge around
I like the way he has combien´d three different types of benches into one

Dennis

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#11 posted 03-22-2011 11:04 PM

Dennis, yes I definitely commented on that one. I’m planning on a massive bench with flush legs, a hook, a deadman, a shoulder, and a wagon. I really like the idea of placing a very dense, hard wood around the edging. Unfortunately, the bench of my dreams is going to be VERY expensive & I’ve yet to locate a good local supplier. Oh well, it gives me more time to plan. This site is better than a dozen books on bench design.

-- 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 03-22-2011 11:18 PM

yep it is :-)
but I still wuold like to read the two bench books of Swartz´s but after hes rude behavier
I proppebly wont ….. well he forgot he need to lieve and I still have to learn so maybee in a
ten fifteen years time from now …..maybee :-)
but I do have
The Workbench
A Complete Guide to Creating Your Perfect Bench

Author
Lon Schleining

from Tauton Press

and that is not a bad book to have as well as there toolbox book …...LOL
if you havn´t read them I will advice you to do it ….. great idea and picture books …. :-)

take care
Dennis

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#13 posted 03-23-2011 12:45 AM

Travel has ended.
You did a wonderful job, I love your dedication to stay on the track.
Thank you for sharing this with us.
Dennis, I’m a child, a big child, thats it! All you need is love and a little tools, the rest is just me living a old dream.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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#14 posted 03-23-2011 02:01 AM

Hey Al NICE table! I love cherry. Summer is coming and if you are scrubin in the shop better get a big fan;)
Set it in the sun for a month and let her turn red. Cant wait to set the start of what sounds like a fine bench.

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

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#15 posted 03-23-2011 02:12 PM

Ha Cessna! Keeping me honest! If I put a router bit or a pneumatic line in my photo, I can never go back & make false claims! 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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