Tablesaw Workstation #6: Drawers completed and installed

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Blog entry by JohninSD posted 10-22-2009 01:51 AM 2246 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A little more progress – finished assembling the drawers yesterday and installed them today. I used full extension drawer slides and came up with the process as I went along. I installed the bottom drawer first, then added the false front, which is taller than the actual drawer front. The false front is 7” and the drawer fronts, backs and sides are 5 5/16”. The bottom drawer false front was installed so it would overlap the case by 1/4” at the bottom and the drawer slides were installed so the bottom of the drawer is 1/8” above the bottom of the case. I don’t know what all this adds up to – it doesn’t matter. Once the first drawer was in, I put two 1/8” thick pieces of MDF on the top edge of the false front to act as spacers for the next drawer up. These pieces were leftovers from making the false fronts. Using a combination square with the head against the case side and the rule against the spacer I drew lines on the inside of the case. Measured up 3/4” from the lines and 2 3/8” back from the front of the case and marked for a screw. With the slides I used this located the first screw in a horizontal slot. Once the first screw was in I held the square head against the side of the case and the rule against the slide and drove another screw in the next slot back. I put the drawer side of the slides on the drawer centered on a line 3/4” up from the bottom of the drawer. By the time I did the third drawer this process worked pretty well. Once the drawer was in I used one of the 1/8” spacers again to hold the false front in the proper position. Then I drove 2 screws through the holes for the pull to hold the false front temporarily. Taking the drawer to the bench, I drilled countersunk holes from inside the drawer into the false front, then removed the screws in the pull holes. Added the pull and screwed the false front in place using the countersunk holes. Should have taken pictures but didn’t think of it until the job was done. At least I got a few pictures afterward. Here’s a shot of the drawers in place.

Drawers Installed

Drawers Installed

And here’s an overall view of progress so far

It's Coming Along

It’s Coming Along

And here’s one with a drawer open

Open Middle Drawer

Open Middle Drawer

I had hoped to get around to edge banding the tops today but I’m tired – and since I’m also retired and there is no deadline on this project that will have to wait until tomorrow – or maybe even Friday. Tomorrow being Thursday it’s Mexican lunch day and kayak night – the two things together seem to take up the whole day sometimes. I don’t know how I get it all done!

-- John

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#1 posted 10-22-2009 02:03 AM

Looks awesome so far. You’re doing a great job so far. The pictures make it look like you’ll need to learn way over to get to the router table. Is that so?

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#2 posted 10-22-2009 07:18 AM

The router table is a bit of a reach right now but that will be fixed when I install the new top, which is 8” wider than the one in the picture. Hope to get that done next week.

-- John

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#3 posted 10-22-2009 07:20 AM

Looking great

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#4 posted 10-22-2009 08:06 PM

Good job, John. It’s looking real good. Like you said, being retired(me too), you’re not pressed for time, so take as long as you want to! lol lol. Afterall, you ain’t getting paid by the hour. That’s what I tell my wife when she wants something quick!!! No way. With my bad back—- forget it!!!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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