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Small Cabinet #5: Working on the drawer - got frustrated with dovetails :-(

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 02-11-2009 03:01 AM 1076 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been a while since I’ve been able to do much of substance on the cabinet. But I’ve managed to get the drawer carcass done. I tried several times to do hand cut dovetails and could not get a fit that I was happy with. So in order to get this cabinet done before I can no longer move—- thought I’d switch to box joints. I’m not entirely happy with my job – but it came out OK. I made it just a tad oversized and pared it down with a hand plane to get a good fit.

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If you look close you can see the dado for the drawer bottom. I should have taken a picture of the bottom of the drawer – but the bottom slides into the dado and is attached to the back wall which was cut to a different width than the sides. The dado openings that show in the front will be covered with the drawer front. Which I’ll start working on next. I’ve got the blank glued up and cleaned up now it’s just getting it to the right size, molding the edge and installing it. I’m even considering turning my own knobs—but we’ll have some practicing to do there.

Here’s a bonus – since I was in the garage with my camera I took a picture of the clamp rack I have – since building it, I’ve added some clamps – but they all seem to fit. I still need to make one for the pipe clamps.

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OK – here’s one more – I finally made a shelf for my rechargeable drills – this sits on the bottom edge of my work bench so they are handy and still close to an outlet to recharge.

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Thanks for looking.

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PurpLev

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#1 posted 02-11-2009 04:04 AM

looks fantastic Betsy, and I actually can’t see the dado for the drawer bottom.

As far as the clamps storage goes – it looks great, but I find that spreading all the clamps wastes a lot of wall real estate which is mostly something we dont have enough of. here’s how I got my bar clamps on the wall, and minimize the wall space it requires:

bar clamps on the wall

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Betsy

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#2 posted 02-11-2009 04:14 AM

Hey Purp I like the rack. Being less than an engineering type though – tell me how did you brace the edge pieces to hold that amount of weight?

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PurpLev

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#3 posted 02-11-2009 05:09 AM

Betsy – check out this link from FineWoodworking it has the plan how to make those, I made mine 12” deep (I planed for 2” for each clamp, so I figured each bracket would hold 6 clamps, but it can actually hold 8” and it seems to be holding up with the weight)

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

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lew

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#4 posted 02-11-2009 05:38 AM

Nice Work, Betsy!!

I like your clamp rack, too!

Lew

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John Gray

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#5 posted 02-11-2009 06:14 AM

I like your cabinet and clamp storage.
PurpLev your clamp set up looks very nice.
THANKS TO BOTH OF YOU!!!!!!

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#6 posted 02-11-2009 12:38 PM

Fantastic work!

-- John, Charleston, SC, http://www.americanworkbench.com

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Betsy

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#7 posted 02-11-2009 03:26 PM

Thanks all.

Purp – thanks for the link – I’ll give it a look see.

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