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Sweet Chest of Drawers Build #6: Why the heck would I do this to myself?

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Blog entry by Kyle posted 12-01-2012 07:49 PM 1193 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Bottom front and back rails Part 6 of Sweet Chest of Drawers Build series Part 7: Sliding dovetail drawer dividers »

Ever hear the expression, “you are what you eat?” Well, the day I decided to do this, I must have eaten a whole box of ding dongs. For some strange reason, I decided to figure out what I wanted to do with the back, before I started with the front. Why? Well, I don’t know.
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Instead of doing what any sane person would do, I chose to make the back, just like I made the sides… Frame and panel. Seriously… I know it’s going to be up against the wall but, maybe I’ll showcase this in the middle of the living room for the first couple of months when this is done. Just kidding about the showcasing part. I think I just did it to bump up the challenge. It certainly will increase money for more wood, time to do this, and difficulty when it comes to doing the glue up and making the drawers as well. I figured if I messed this up, I could always default to putting a regular back on it. I mean, it’s going to be up against the wall anyways.
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I hogged out some mortises for the rails that will separate each panel.
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The top tenons will be through tenons since there will be a top to conceal this. It’s 4/4 wood up there so I thought it’d be better to make them through rather than a really shallow mortise and tenon. We’ll see how that works out.
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Not too shabby so far.
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Now to make the center panel. I did have a picture of the glue up so here it is. Nothing special on this one.
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I wanted to make sure this is what I really wanted so I did a little test thing and looked at it for a couple of days. Notice how this is reversed from how I built the side panels. For the side panels I made the panels first, and then built the frame around it. Now I’m building the frame and then panels. I’m not sure which was easier because it was all difficult. Either way, you have to calculate in how deep of a groove you have to make for them to fit into.
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This might actually turn out okay. I decided to keep going and make the panels, and make the groove for them.
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Before….
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and after…
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Those rails are a little bit darker than I wanted and the center panel is quite a bit lighter. I’m hoping I can even it all out when it comes to dying and finishing this. Even if I can’t, at least it will be up against a wall.
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Happy December 1st.

-- Kyle



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jap

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#1 posted 12-01-2012 08:15 PM

very nice

-- Joel

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#2 posted 12-06-2012 05:35 PM

Even if you can’t see the back panels, you will know they are there. The three panels, with the central panel wider, is just stunning!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 01-06-2013 08:54 AM

How do you do your raised panels? By hand? Ive got to try that on something as they look really nice.

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Kyle

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#4 posted 01-06-2013 06:29 PM

Back in the second part of this blog, I have pictures of the raised panel bit that I used to make them. I just used a router and a router table.

-- Kyle

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