Chest of Drawers #1: Carcase Construction is Quick!

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Blog entry by JaLatham posted 03-31-2012 06:45 PM 4788 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last year when my wife and I learned we were going to have our second child, natuarlly we were thrilled. Then, it dawned on me that this was also a perfect opportunity to start work on a chest of drawers for the boy to be. Well, I decided that before I built that chest, I should build a chest for my tools before spring came with the rains and the humidity got to my tools that were more or less in the open in my garage. Definitely glad I did that. Anyway, now to my sons chest. I actually started a couple of months ago after I finished my toolchest, and had lots of pictures of me starting this construction, but that computer died so I kind of have to start here in the middle. I glued up the sides, and bottom two boards wide (about 20”). Then joined them with stopped tapered sliding dovetails. I then rabbeted the rear of the sides for the back to be nailed to, and made a stopped rabbet for the top. Next, for the drawer runners I cut a 1/8” deep dado.

For the rails that divide the drawers, I will use a short sliding dovetail. I had planned on the drawer dividers all being tapered sliding dovetails, but after the four I cut earlier I decided I should find an easier/faster way. I will say thought that none of this is any more difficult than cutting regular through dovetails. I was really surprised at that, especially since this is the first time I’ve done any of this. It really isn’t as hard as you may think, you just have to do it.

The mockup.

My little helper. This is one of the reasons I love hand tools.

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#1 posted 03-31-2012 07:38 PM

looking great so far, nice workbench!

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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#2 posted 04-04-2012 12:03 PM

I like the sliding dovetail. The chest will never come apart. Glad to see your back in the mix. Do post pictures of your tool chest when you get a chance because when Junior arrives your gonna be busy. Congrats on the good news.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 06-03-2012 08:04 PM

Looking forward to seeing more of your posts about this chest of drawers. It is so ironic that I am also buiding chest of drawers for my two small kids. I am trying to do most of it by hand with tools so similar to yours that it is spooky. In fact my bench looks so much like yours that I did a double take. Keep up the good work I look forward to seeing more on yours. I am just now ripping all of my lumber by hand, planing it flat, and getting ready to glue up panels

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