A Disastrous Day for a Drawer

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Blog entry by Ed Pirnik posted 09-24-2010 10:56 PM 1530 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Look at that terrible ding!

Oh the horror! Here in my cube at work, I’ve been storing one of my latest projects – a little cherry cabinet with a single small drawer in the very bottom of it. The drawer – like the cabinet itself – is dovetailed.

Last night as the hour-hand on my watch hit “five,” I picked up the cabinet (which still hasn’t had its door mounted) to take it into the shop and get to work on a couple of finishing touches. Forgetting about the little drawer and the fact that I had neither a door or a back, the drawer slipped out, hit the floor, bounced off the floor and whacked itself against a silver platter also resting on the ground in my cube (don’t ask – it’s not that interesting). Suffice to say I am devastated at the ding. It’s just too large to steam out and it’s RIGHT on the joinery (see photo). Luckily, it’s a gift for family and to be quite honest, they aren’t going to notice the little ding on the interior drawers – but I will . . . . now and forever. This is going to drive me nanners for the rest of my days.

I guess as long as I see the cabinet hanging with its door closed, the blow won’t be so bad. LOL

Any horror stories out there? Help a brother out. I need some good old fashioned empathy. Ha ha ha.



-- Ed Pirnik, Fine Woodworking Web Producer

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#1 posted 09-24-2010 11:33 PM


I’m sure you felt almost as bad as I did when I saw my sister’s upright piano take a swan-dive out of the back of the pickup truck I was driving…

It’s only been forty-one years and she still hasn’t let me live it down.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#2 posted 09-24-2010 11:43 PM

alright – now do it on the remaining 3 sides, and claim it’s a notched dovetail joinery – done deal!

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

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#3 posted 09-25-2010 12:43 AM

I call them ‘Character marks’ because some ‘character’ made them….! ;-)

It’s just one of those things life deals us….

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#4 posted 09-25-2010 02:42 AM

Cut a kerf along the enitire side and put a strip of contrasting wood in. (Sort of like doing a corner slpine.)

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

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#5 posted 09-25-2010 03:50 AM

is that an inset drawer? will it get a face? if so, most of it will be covered. sorry to hear.

-- Clay (Master Kindler) ~ Central VA

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#6 posted 09-25-2010 09:21 PM

Not so bad man! The dovetails still look plenty nice.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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Ed Pirnik

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#7 posted 09-26-2010 09:33 PM

Thanks for the empathy and similar stories! I have calmed down lots. Phew!

-- Ed Pirnik, Fine Woodworking Web Producer

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