Walnut Nightstand #4: Cut the Skirts to Final Length

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 05-26-2016 12:07 AM 678 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So far today I had to recheck the final dimensions for the drawer. Good thing, my original calculations were off some. These dimensions have to be spot on for these Salice 15 inch undermount slides to work and fit right. I changed the height of the drawer parts to 5 1/2 inches. The sides have to match the drawer slide length so that is 15 inches. The front and back parts were correct at 16 1/8 inches wide.

I have designed the layout of the dovetails. I will cut those tomorrow.

I have cut the 45 degree beveled ends for the skirts to 11 1/2 inches. The photo shows their layout with the legs.

I wish I could cut the bevels ends for the corner brackets now but they will have to wait until I have the legs and skirts somewhat fastened to the bottom panel. Their tip-to-tip length appears to be 4 1/4 inches, but my widths of material could be slightly different. I am tempted to cut them long and fit them later. I may do that this afternoon.

I will determine if I can and would drill pocket holes in the legs to hold them in place along with the skirts. The pocket holes in the legs would be on their sides behind or covered by the 3/4 inch thick skirts. I will check with my jig if those holes would really be covered. If so I will use pocket screws to fasten the legs on the bottom panel.

I cut these corner blocks oversized for now. Once the legs and skirts are fastened down on the bottom panel I will cut these to final length and also drill a hole through their center and into the back of the legs. The hole cut into the legs will be a predrilled hole slightly smaller than the threads needed for the hangerbolts that will be fastened to the corner blocks with washers and a nut. This will finish the assembly under the nightstand’s bottom case.

-- --- Happy Howie

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