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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 04-07-2015 04:34 PM 1259 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This has been my “forever” project. Yeah, I started this dresser last May. I progressed right up until early September. I have been following a plan i purchased from www.wood.com store. It is their maple with cherry bedroom set. Besides this dresser, there are the other bedroom furniture items: a sleigh bed, a nightstand, and an armoire or linen press. I got to the point of fitting the drawer pieces. These drawers were to slide in and out simply on the shelves and a plastic strip for runners. I have never fitted a drawer like this. I began to study ways to do this process from magazine articles. It overwhelmed me. I froze. I admit it.

I am going to persoanally deliver several of my projects to my family members soon. Since I am going, I decided to place these drawers on side mounted metal slides.

This past week I bought the slides. I cut the dovetails. I routed the grooves for the plywood bottoms. This morning I completed gluing and clamping the drawer parts together. Next I will cut and fasten the plywood bottoms to the drawers with a screw or two. Beyond that I will mount the drawers to the metal slides. I have the beautiful figured cherry boards ready to cut and fasten as false drawer fronts.

I need to get back to work.

-- --- Happy Howie



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#1 posted 04-08-2015 03:31 PM

I had a productive day yesterday when I completed gluing and clamping these eight drawer boxes. After that task I cut the 1/4 inch plywood bottoms. Inserted them. Pre-drilled screws holes. Fastened them down.

This dresser is now ready for the side mount metal drawer slides. I will wait to do that when I am also ready to install the undermount drawer slide in the nightstand I am making.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#2 posted 04-08-2015 04:53 PM

Looks great. That is quite a mountain of drawers and parts there. How did you cut the dovetails?
Nice shop BTW.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 04-09-2015 03:46 AM

Hi Willie, thanks for the kind comments. That is a tall pile of drawers. One extra is on top. That one is for a nightstand I am making along with this dresser.

I use a Leigh D4R dovetail jig. I like it very much. I can customize the layout of the dovetails that I want for the thickness of the material I am going to use. It can cut through dovetails, which these are, in hardwood over an inch thick. I forget the exact maximum thickness, I think it is 1 1/4 inches. If not it is close to that.

My first dovetail projects was for a friend. His requirement was for boxes that I milled to 1 inch. It works perfect also for half-blind dovetails plus it can also do sliding dovetails and box or finger joints.

Spent a lot for it with its dust collection, router support system, but in the end I thought it was worth it. I did not want to buy a different dovetail jig and decide I was too constrained in its use so I went all in for this Leigh.

Best wishes.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#4 posted 04-15-2015 06:50 AM

I am having to troubleshoot my installation of metal drawer slides. I must not have measured the widths the drawers were going to fit in very well. The side mounted slides I bought said to subtract 1 1/16 inches from the drawer’s width. I did that but after mounting the slides and drawers they are hard to open and close fully. I have determined that I made the drawers too narrow for the opening. I have cut and glued shims for the four drawers I have experienced this trouble.

Tomorrow I hope the shims I made will prove to be just what was needed.

Once I can get these drawers functioning well I can move onto designing, cutting and fitting the overlay false drawer fronts. Besides screwing on the plywood back and adding the drawer pulls and applying additional coats of finish, I will be done.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#5 posted 04-23-2015 12:24 PM

I got my forever project completed. It was a challenge… I hope my granddaughter likes it.

I think the cherry drawer fronts really makes it. I like the way it turned out.

-- --- Happy Howie

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