This is one of the last deconstructive parts of the bandsaw box process before we begin the reassembly stages and start glueing everything back together!
This step is another that might require a pencil, pen, or whatever your preferred marking method is… or not… maybe you just want to eyeball it. By all means, go ahead then! Just have a plan of action before you start.
I went ahead and drew on my line with a pencil for the area of the drawer that I wanted to cut out:
To get the curves for the sides to come out as equally as I could, I took a ruler and measured perpendicular (90-degrees) to my center line until it met the curved edge of the box, then put a mark at an equal height on both sides of the box. I then freehanded the curve from the base line, up to these dots.
If you have any additional drawers, including a secret drawer, now is the time to cut out the inside of those drawers as well. I just freehanded the little secret drawer since it was fairly small.
I have been living and learning throughout this process. And here arose another learning lesson. I still had the 3/16” blade and Carter Stabilizer setup on the saw. I should’ve switched back to the regular guide bearings and the 1/4” blade, as it would’ve allowed me to cut a perfectly straight bottom for the drawer. The way the Stabilizer works, allows for drift and flex in the blade so that you can make really tightly radiused curves. It doesn’t work the greatest for cutting straight lines through thicker pieces of wood though, since the blade has a tendency to drift. In the future, I’ll probably use it on thinner stock.
As you can see from the picture below, the straight line I had drawn with the pencil did not come out straight when I ran it through the bandsaw:
Oh well, what’s a little more sanding dust?
After I cutout the main drawer compartment, I went ahead and also cutout the center of the secret drawer as well:
And here’s a shot of the secret drawer slid back together (no glue), with the center cutout sitting off to the side:
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