Got some stuff done today, so now I need to get some pics up!
This is the back of the top part of my shelving unit, before I put the back on.
And this is with the back on. I painted it first, then attached it. It’s just cheapy pine tongue and groove. It’s really hard to photograph the color but I think this pic is close. I’ve left the wall side stile off until I can fit it once it’s up there. I finally relented and bought a pocket screw jig and will attach it with pocket screws. Now my face frames are a mixture of glue, biscuits and pocket screws.
Since I got the top part of my shelving unit mostly done, so we recruited a bunch of my husbands friends to heft it into place. This picture is after I got all the holes cut for all the electronics outlets. There is also going to be an adjustable shelf in the middle right, but I haven’t gotten that in there yet. The side panels are not put on yet, I will wait on those until I figure out what I’m going to do about the fireplace mantel and hearth. The TV is above the fire place. The black cord you see is the HDMI cable which is obviously way too long. :) Also missing is the molding around the top of the drawers, and the baseboard and top molding. I’ll do those all at once when I do the other set of shelves.
You might be able to see that I trimmed out the insides of the windows. They look pretty nice so far. I wanted to wait until I got this unit in until I did the rest.
While I was waiting for my blue paint to dry, I ended up making the drawers. At first, I thought I was going to do dovetails, because my dad had given me his old dovetail jig. Then I realized that I actually like the look of box joints better. Then I figured out I couldn’t really do those because my adjustable dado blade wont leave a flat bottom in the cut. Then I found a cool video explaining lock rabbets:
That looked pretty easy, I thought, and so I started cutting up this 1/2” maple ply that I’d gotten for no particular reason.
Okay, it turns out that lock rabbet joints aren’t really conducive to plywood. because pieces tend to break off. Or maybe my plywood wasn’t that great? It wasn’t cabinet grade, just a step below. But I kept chugging along, and most of the trouble spots are out of sight, so the drawers actually came out pretty nice for my first drawers. I sanded about half of the drawers down so far and glued one up together. Here is my highly specialized drawer clamping apparatus:
I need to get more rope so that I can do more than one at a time!
Okay, here’s my question about drawers. So the drawers fit really well, however I did make one mistake where the bottom got put 3/16” too low, which raises the drawer box 3/16”. Now I have about 1/4” clearance left between the top of the drawer and the cabinet. Do you see any issues with that? I’m imagining that if the drawer get stuffed full someday and something gets caught as I pull the drawer out, I won’t have too much finagling room to get the drawer unstuck.