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A Strategy for Woodworking #13: A Neatness and Precision

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Blog entry by Gary Rogowski posted 07-28-2014 04:31 PM 889 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: How Design Starts Part 13 of A Strategy for Woodworking series Part 14: Making the Connection »

In Pete Dexter’s book Deadwood, Wild Bill Hickok’s partner, Charley Utter, is thinking to himself, “He liked having a drawer, it was a neatness you could see just sliding it open.”

Making drawers requires a precision and calm missing from some other jobs around the shop. Cleaning out the dust collector comes to mind. Or hand planing some misbegotten wood like a rowed grain khaya. Drawer building on the other hand needs careful measuring, straight parts, and clear thinking to do a good job. A job that you’ll notice and admire in its careful sliding, with the slight woosh of air emerging as the drawer enters and fills its opening almost completely.

You can of course do a fast job and get it done with some drawer glides or run the drawer on a center mount. But it’s not the same. It doesn’t feel the same. It doesn’t act the same.

We’ll be busy at the end of this week in the Studio with a class on Drawer Work. We’ll be making a drawer box and filling it with one precision cut and fit drawer. When it’s right, you’ll be able to stand the drawer box on end and put the drawer in place and with a close piston fit the air will only let the drawer slowly descend into its resting place.

Nice.”

The Northwest Woodworking Studio

-- Gary Rogowski...follow my wit and wisdom on twitter @garyrogowski



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DocSavage45

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#1 posted 07-28-2014 06:00 PM

Gary,

I know Portland is a pretty place. ( Never rains in Portland…LOL) And it would be a “Whoosh” taking your class but for me it is some place I will probably never be. As I commented on your project page great drawer fronts!

I will keep your comments on precision in mind when doing drawers! Thanks.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Isra

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#2 posted 07-28-2014 09:30 PM

You just hit the nail on the head ” with the slight woosh of air emerging as the drawer enters and fills its opening almost completely”, that´s it.

-- Isra, Salcedillo (Cantabria)

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#3 posted 07-28-2014 10:07 PM



You just hit the nail on the head ” with the slight woosh of air emerging as the drawer enters and fills its opening almost completely”, that´s it.

- Isra

A good test is to see if the drawer works as well upside down.

-- Bill....... I listen very closely to the timber and then impose my will.

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