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Sweet Chest of Drawers Build #3: The frame and panel sides

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Blog entry by Kyle posted 11-28-2012 11:42 PM 3820 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: More wood and some rough dimensioning Part 3 of Sweet Chest of Drawers Build series Part 4: Joining the sides on the top »

My Dad came and visited me back in June and he helped me get started on this. I bought the porter cable router 7518 and a nice big raised panel bit to go with it. I thought I would start by building the panel first and then the frame around it. The reason I did it this way was because I didn’t want to go and buy more and more wood without using what I had so I took two of my more wider boards, cut them in half lengthwise, and edge jointed them to make two panels. I don’t have any photos of that process.
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I do have photos of the router bit and the profile it made on the panel though.
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Once the panel was made, I knew how big I had to make the frame. Off the top of my head, I believe they ended up about 17.5” wide, but honestly, I’m not exactly sure at this moment. I squared up and made the legs to their final dimensions. Then I got started on the top rail that will join the front and the back legs.
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This is a photo looking from the top of the leg down.
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It’s a nice fit. I wasn’t too careful on beauty since it will ultimately be covered up by the top.
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Here are the two side tops, side by side.
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These are the mortises I marked out on the legs that will be for the bottom sides, as well as the front. The side with 2 mortises are for the rails for the side panels, and the 3 mortises are for the rails for the front (under the bottom drawer) and back (structure to be determined). I used my mortiser for these.
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Now the inside mortises meet and the outside mortises meet, but the middle of the three doesn’t meet anything…. If that makes sense. It’ll make better sense in the next part of the series.
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Next was to mark out the tenons.
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Then cutting the tenons..
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All the tenons for both sides… Along with the starret my Dad bought me for my birthday while he was here.
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Now because of the way these tenons are going to meet the adjacent tenons, I had to make these ones different lengths.
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There’s a teeny tiny gap there that I can assure you, is no longer there. This joint is nice and tight.


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So I test fitted my work, and here’s the frame without the panels. Now that I know they’re all square, I routed a groove for the panels to sit in, leaving some room for movement but not enough to make them too loose. This probably took more thought than I needed but I had to make absolutely sure what I was doing was going to be good enough… I don’t want to start over or waste anything at this point.
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And here are the sides together. Nice big beefy panel sides and frames.

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This is just coming out of my brain. So much of this was done over time and not in the hour it took me to create this blog. If I were to make this chest of drawers for someone, they’d be paying me to stand there and stare at this stuff for hours before I make any cuts. It’s kind of funny because I’ll think I’m going into the garage to slam a couple of things together and get a ton done quickly but I always end up doing one or two things instead of the thirty I had planned.
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It’s coming together though and I’m happy with it so far.

-- Kyle



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#1 posted 01-06-2013 08:46 AM

I’m digging that you are diving right into a big project and choosing traditional joinery AND cutting it by hand. And your joinery choices were not the easiest! You go girl! Looking forward to seeing the finished product- sapaelle is such a beautiful wood once finished!

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#2 posted 01-06-2013 06:22 PM

Thanks, man. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product too. :)

-- Kyle

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#3 posted 01-06-2013 06:27 PM

Wow, this is such a huge joinery challenge and you’re actually pulling it off with precision! Love it, congrats on the panels, they look great!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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