Step 6 in the basic construction of your bandsaw box is to cut off the front and back of your drawer(s) so that you can then cut out the inside of the drawer.
The first thing you want to do is cut off the front of the drawer. Why does it matter if you cut off the front or the back first? The cutting order really only matters if you’re going to include a secret drawer. So, take a moment to decide if you want a secret drawer or not before you start cutting. Trust me, you’ll save yourself some time and sanding!
I don’t have a picture of cutting off the back of the box, but it’s pretty straightforward, just like cutting off the back of the box itself. You simply rip of the back of the box at whatever thickness you want it to be. The thinner you make the front and back, the more room you’ll have inside the drawer.
OK, time for another “design modification”. I decided that I wanted to include a secret drawer on my first bandsaw box. Unfortunately, I had already ripped off the front and back of the drawer. So, I created a bit more work for myself by doing it this way.
If you’re going to include a secret drawer within your main drawer, you need to turn the drawer chunk over, but only after you ripped the front of the box off.
Now that you’re staring at the back of the drawer, you want to draw the outline of your secret drawer onto the back of the main drawer. Instead of a skinny piece of wood like you see below, you should be looking at the main hunk of the drawer right now.
Save yourself some time and sanding by the secret drawer out all at once! This is more or less what it’ll look like as you’re cutting it out:
After you have the secret drawer outline how you want it, the procedure for cutting out the secret drawer is the same as it was for cutting out the main drawer itself. Go ahead and turn the bandsaw on and cut out just the secret compartment.
You’ll notice that if you do it in the order I’ve done it, you’ve now created extra work for yourself. In the picture below, I’ve traced the outline of the secret drawer front onto the rest of the drawer and will basically have to duplicate as best I can, the cutout of the compartment itself.
Once you’ve cut out the main section of the secret drawer, turn off the bandsaw and let it come to a complete stop before backing the blade out. It’ll look something like this:
Now it’s time to rip off the front and back of your secret compartment, not before, like I did! After you rip off the front and back of the secret compartment, go ahead and move on to Step 7, which is the next blog entry.
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