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Sweet Chest of Drawers Build #7: Sliding dovetail drawer dividers

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Blog entry by Kyle posted 12-03-2012 02:58 AM 1899 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Why the heck would I do this to myself? Part 7 of Sweet Chest of Drawers Build series Part 8: Drawer dividers continued... »

Now for the drawer dividers. One thing I wish I did different for this was to do stopped sliding dovetails rather than through sliding dovetails. It probably would have been better to do it that way when it comes to glue up time and probably with wood movement too.
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I just used my P/C 4212 dovetail jig for my sliding dovetail guide. I know people make better jigs but, I had this and jimmy rigged it to work. Test cuts are the key for sure.
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I did each leg individually with sacrificial pieces on both sides instead of pairing them up. I wanted to make sure both legs were exactly where I wanted them when I plowed through them.


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One pair of them ended up being off just a little bit but that won’t matter. As long as they’re the same on both legs, I’m good.
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The rest were spot on.
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Spot spot spot…
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Next was to make the rails using my router table. I made about 50 test pieces until they fit perfectly… Not too loose and not too snug so I can put some glue on there and slide them in.
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Check out that grain…
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Gorgeous…
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That looks good enough for me. I mean, this is the first time I’ve ever made something like this… It’s definitely good enough for me.
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You can slightly see gaps in the photo below but I’m confident that once there is glue in there and I clamp the sides, those gaps will be gone.
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The other side.
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You can’t see the dovetails in this picture but the dividers are there.
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Front shot…
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No flash with the garage door open.
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Well, that’s all for now. You guys will be caught up with me in no time with the pace I’m going with this blog. I should be in the garage working on it right now instead of doing this blog thing… No wait… I should be doing my homework instead.
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Have a good one.

-- Kyle



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#1 posted 12-03-2012 03:16 AM

Looks great, keep it up!

-- Don

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#2 posted 12-03-2012 04:00 PM

Looking good!

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#3 posted 12-03-2012 04:08 PM

very elegant. looks good!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 12-03-2012 11:09 PM

Thanks guys!

-- Kyle

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#5 posted 01-06-2013 08:57 AM

Looks great! Shim those tiny gaps with slivers of sapaelle at glue up then cut or sand flush and you’ll never see those gaps. Trust me it works. Not that my dovetails ever have gaps of course…(ha ha)

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#6 posted 01-06-2013 06:33 PM

Thanks for the advice, hickey. Those gaps will be gone when I glue this baby up. They’re just loose enough to put it together when the glue is in there. Some lateral clamping will make the gaps disappear… or at least, that’s what I’m hoping. I’ve already tested it out to make sure that happens. We’ll see what really happens when the time comes. If there are any gaps, you can be sure I’ll take your ideas and put them to use. Thanks again.

-- Kyle

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