This is the last entry in this series of blogs. My next post will be in the Projects post as the completed project. All that remains is sanding the top with lubricated 600 grit sand paper and installing some drawer stops.
I did have a couple of set backs that I had to work through:
1. The bottom drawer did not slide very well. The dovetailed drawer slide was binding when moving the drawer in and out. I had removed a little material from the part of the slide that attached to the dust frame so that the drawer would sit a little lower. I did this by chiseling off about a 1/16” from the front and back of the slide piece. I didn’t do too well chiseling by hand. The slide piece did not sit flat on the dust frame which caused it to be slightly twisted when installed. I removed the old dovetailed slide and replaced it with another (I’m glad I made extras when I made them). I removed the 1/16” of material from the second slide using the table saw (much flatter result). The bottom drawer now works fine.
2. I got a little too anxious on applying the poly. In an effort to try to speed up my progress, I applied another coat to the top before it was ready. This resulted in heavy brush marks. I had to do some heavy sanding to get the top looking nice again.
3. The shades of wood don’t match too well. From the picture, you can see that the top 4 drawers are a bit darker than the bottom 3 drawers. I don’t know why. I guess the lumber just came from a different part of the tree or from a different tree all together. The difference is much more noticeable in a picture (I suppose it’s exacerbated by the flash). When the lumber didn’t have any finish on it, I couldn’t tell the difference at all with the naked eye but it was barely apparent on a picture.
4. The drawer pulls I wanted were $20 each. I finally found some pulls that weren’t exactly like I wanted but at about $5 each, they were a good compromise.
I also learned a few things from this project:
1. How to make dovetailed drawer slides. Application of slippit on the slides makes a night and day difference.
2. How to fill a loose knot hole with epoxy (I used epoxy, dust from sanding, and a black powder dye)
3. Don’t rush the coats of finish.
-- Greg - For the benefit and enjoyment of the people