Downstairs Built-ins Extravaganza! #6: Inside of drawer case is done.

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Blog entry by BethMartin posted 04-23-2009 07:20 PM 1065 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: I got a little more done today than I thought I would! Part 6 of Downstairs Built-ins Extravaganza! series Part 7: Making up for lost time. »

I put my drawer case together and have the slides in there. There are a couple of spots where the measurements were wonky for some reason, but I got it all squared up where it needs to be squared up. I think I may have cut my dadoes a wee bit too tight, because I had to wrestle with this thing quite a lot. And it is big, so there was some sweating and swearing. I think if I had more experience with this sort of thing, I could’ve planned my assembly attack better, and maybe saved some final cuts for when I was actually putting it together. Like, those small vertical dividers – I had to recut those to be slightly bigger. Ah well. The worst is over. I didn’t really trust my glue joints since I fiddled with them so much, so I put a bunch of screws in there too.

I was debating what sort of drawer slides to use. I liked the concealed ones, but they are really expensive, like almost 50 bucks a pair. Then I was going to use some cheaper side-mounted ones, and I was just about to order them when I found a screamin’ deal on some slightly used accuride concealed slides in just the right size on ebay. I ended up paying around $15/pair, and I have extra for the other built-ins that I plan on making. Score!

The little drawers on top have a simple undermount center slide.

So now I have to get the wood for the face frame, top, and side. I’m on a little break from this project as I suffer through the flu, but hopefully I will be working on it again soon!

-- Beth

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#1 posted 04-23-2009 08:35 PM

Looks Great Beth!
Like, those small vertical dividers – I had to recut those to be slightly bigger

?!? you gotta teach us that trick, usually when we cut it twice it’s still too short… not slightly bigger?!?

j/k ;)

hope you feel better soon. always keep an eye on eBay and craigslist for hardware deals etc. worth it in the long run.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 04-23-2009 08:36 PM

Looks like you are doing well. ...and speaking of well, get better soon. The flu and dust masks don’t mix!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 04-24-2009 12:22 AM

what part do you think that you need more experience in ? the sweating or the swearing ?

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#4 posted 04-24-2009 02:29 AM

You guys are cracking me up! Thanks for the well-wishes. I hope to be back to mostly back to my old self by the weekend. :)

-- Beth

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#5 posted 04-25-2009 02:49 AM

Looks like you’re on a roll now!! Take care of that flu bug.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 04-25-2009 03:50 AM

Shopguryl~ yes, I have the drawer releases. :) The center drawer slides should be in okay – I’ve removed the piece that connects to the drawer, so maybe it looks funky because of that. I’m sure I’ll find out eventually if they’re backwards, though. ;) I’m not worried about sagging because these top drawers will be very small – it’s kind of hard to see that at this point because the space is so large in the case. They’re really only going to be half that height that you can see. Just enough to hold remote controls (of which there are many!)

-- Beth

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