Stickley High Chest #2: Drawers

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Blog entry by Greg posted 01-18-2011 11:40 PM 1528 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Dry fit Part 2 of Stickley High Chest series Part 3: Request for advice on dovetailed drawer slides »

All the drawers have been cut, dovetailed, and glued. I struggled a bit with the dovetails. I used a dovetailing jig and started with an older router that I have. I finished a couple of drawers and then my router bit started moving from the center of the bushing to the edge. I had to scrap the drawer sides from one of the smaller drawers. Luckily, I didn’t screw-up on the walnut front. The particular router (1.5 hp Ryobi with plastic threaded height adjustment) that I started with doesn’t hold a center setting very well. So, I swapped out routers and continued on without further incident.

One tip was reinforced with this experience: keeping your router positioned rotationally consistent will lessen the effect of an off-centered bit. However, my preference is to have the bit securely centered to minimize the potential for a loose fitting dovetail. Another tip: when purchasing a router, examine it to ensure that it will securely and consistently hold a centered (radial) setting. This is critical if you will use it with a bushing but not so much if using router bits with a bearing guide. Looks like many of the routers on the market now hold a pretty good center setting.

I used poplar for the sides and backs on the top six drawers and cedar on the bottom drawer. This is the same strategy that was used on some store bought chests that we purchased for our daughters. The cedar emanates throughout the entire inside of the chest. I used 3/4” boards for the sides and 1/4” plywood for the bottoms. I plan on using a sliding dovetail on the drawer bottoms to guide the drawers. I’m a bit apprehensive since I haven’t made them before. So, any advice is welcome (1 or 2 slides per drawer, clearances, dimension, etc.). I decided against a method that is described in the “Shop Drawings for Craftman Furniture” book because I didn’t like the looks of it. The method hangs the drawers from their sides by a runner attached to the frame and a dado routed in the center of the drawer side.

-- Greg - For the benefit and enjoyment of the people

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Nice looking parts!

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