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Another Spice Chest Build #3: Got The Drawers Done - Except for One.

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Blog entry by JustJoe posted 11-26-2012 01:19 AM 964 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had to take a week off because I was sick, then I had company for the weekend, but Monday I went out and bought some 8/4 hard maple and resawed it for drawer sides.

The Leigh jig does half-blind but only with a 1/2” bit – so the pins looked too fat. And I tried a PC with mini-template but that was another disappointment. So I ended up with a combination of router/hand joinery.

I wanted to reclaim some of the original cherry chest that got cooked, so I resawed the sides to make drawer bottoms and I’ll incorporate more into the middle drawer – although I haven’t decided how yet.

The pic was just before I applied the first coat of finish to the upper left drawer. That’s done now. This weeks list includes finishing the sliding back, fixing a few small blemishes on the joinery, and coming up with a middle drawer. I’m thinking of a simple letter inlay but nothing is concrete yet. I’m not even sure it will be a drawer – maybe a pull-out box or two? I’ll also continue to add finish coats – using the BLO/Spirits/Varnish recipe. So far it’s just been satin varnish but now I’ll be switching to the gloss to try and get a little sheen.

That will just leave me with the hardware (simple) and the door (a bit harder). If all goes smooth enough I should be able to get it done and in the mail by Christmas.

The color looks a bit funky in the pic – there is a lot of sawdust on everything and in the air. I had a “small” issue with the dust collector today. It took half a roll of duct tape but I think it’s better now and I’ll have to vacuum the entire shop up in the morning.

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#1 posted 11-26-2012 08:34 PM

This is quite a complex network of drawers Joe. You do excellent work. I would be lost :) Like the dovetail spacing, gives it a very unique look. BTW, I do mean unique in the positive and not the politically correct sense of the word. I look forward to seeing your next post.

David

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#2 posted 11-28-2012 01:21 PM

Thanks David – I’da accepted the other meaning of unique too! I started with one pattern then changed in mid-stream. I’ll probably end up redoing two of the drawers in the middle area to transition the pattern a bit better.

It looks complex – but I’m using the pieces of the old one and half a dozen magazine articles as a guide so piece by piece it’s rather easy.

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