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