Building a Credenza #11: Installing the Drawers

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Blog entry by Blake posted 07-08-2010 08:33 AM 10405 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Custom Hardware Part 11 of Building a Credenza series Part 12: Final touches and off to the FINISHING BOOTH !!! »

I worked a 12-hour day in the shop today! I just had to finish getting those drawers in.

Building the Drawer Boxes

This is the 1/2” Beech for the drawer sides:


I chopped it up and then machined the dovetails on my router table:


Dovetails done:


Assembling the drawer boxes:


Glue up


Installing the drawer boxes

It took me a while to figure out how to install the Blum hardware.


But it looked good when It was in:


And then the drawers went in:


The Blum “Blumotion” drawer slides are pretty slick. They are the kind that slow down as they close.


The Drawer Fronts

I am gluing up the drawer fronts so that the grain (as well as the seems between the boards) will line up with the grain that goes across the two doors.



And finally the drawer fronts are in place and I installed the drawer pulls.



Since only part of the cabinet has been sanded it looked like different kinds of wood so I wet it down with water for the photos. It still looks a little blotchy but you can see the grain nicely.



I still have a TON of work to do. I know it looks like its almost done, but now that I know everything fits, I actually have to take it all apart to sand every part, do some fine-tuning here and there, and finish it.

Man, I am going to sleep GOOD tonight.

Total building time so far: 90 hours.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 07-08-2010 09:15 AM

Blake I am excited for you. This has been a very interesting journey. The finishing always seems to take the longest time.

Thanks for sharing Blake. Hope to see the final product soon.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#3 posted 07-08-2010 01:10 PM

This is fantastic Blake. I love the attention to detail in getting the grains to match along with the vertical figuring. It’s good to see you had your own pulls made and didn’t settle with something you really didn’t want. They are really going to pop with the finish. Wonderful job, she’s a beauty!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#4 posted 07-08-2010 01:22 PM

Blake,WOW what a beautiful cabinet !! All that hard work shows. Well done.

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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#5 posted 07-08-2010 02:07 PM

Two words: That is so sweet looking, a very nice design, and it is really comming together.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 07-08-2010 02:24 PM

now were getting somewhere .

beautiful !

well done .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 07-08-2010 03:31 PM

Blake thats some beautiful work.

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#8 posted 07-08-2010 03:56 PM

Thanks for sharing this with us Blake. The deisgn, material and workmanship are all excellent! Looking forward to the rest of the process.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 07-09-2010 01:26 AM

Blake, I think this is your hero piece! This is simply one beautiful, massive, elegant, modern, well built piece of heirloom quality furniture. Like I mentioned on the phone the beech drawers are the perfect complement to the mahogany and jatoba. I hope you have one beautiful flat screen to place on this. just think 90 more hours of sanding and finish work and you are done…...just kidding.

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#10 posted 07-09-2010 04:03 AM

Thanks man. The only problem is I don’t have a TV or a place to put this thing. But I wanted to build it so I did. Hmmm.

-- Happy woodworking!

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