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Sweet Chest of Drawers Build #12: All Glued Up and onto the Drawer Fronts

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Blog entry by Kyle posted 07-30-2013 09:53 PM 1079 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Finish the panels before the glue-up Part 12 of Sweet Chest of Drawers Build series no next part

This past weekend I did a pretty massive and ridiculously stressful glue up. It wasn’t as bad as I’m making it sound but with how long I’ve been working on this chest of drawers, I just wanted it to come out square and solid. I’m pleased to announce that I was successful. Because of the magnitude of this glue-up, I didn’t bother taking any pictures. The biggest part was gluing the outer frame with the panels in place, and then while all of that was safely clamped up, I glued the inner parts in and then clamped them. It’s always good to have a second set of hands with a heavy glue-up, and luckily, my girlfriend just showed up to help.
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I know that I made this project more difficult than it needed to be, but I can tell you, now that this is glued up, I can throw this baby down the stairs and it wouldn’t do anything but scratch and dent it.
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After the glue-up, the front pretty much looked like this (older pre-dyed panel picture)...
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But now the sides and the back look like this (in crummy garage lighting). Please excuse the spare boards on the top.
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And so as of this moment, I am currently working on making the drawer fronts and then i’ll make the drawers, and then work on the drawer guides which will be on the runners themselves.
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The plan is for the drawer fronts to be flush with the frame. I had some boards saved up since day one (I actually think these were what inspired the project), and they’ve been sitting there until now.
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My plan was to make the grain across the drawers continuous.
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Here is drawer #1…
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Now drawers 2 and 3…
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Drawers 4 and 5…
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And then the last two, completing them all…
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I hope this looks awesome with finish on it…
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So, I spent the majority of the day making them all fit, but I’d still like to put a little more of a gap around the drawers to account for seasonal movement, but for now they should be fine until I get back out there again. There’s no way I’m going to let this project hit a 2 year mile mark so I need to get moving on it! Thanks for viewing!

-- Kyle



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#1 posted 07-30-2013 11:38 PM

Kyle, I just discovered your blog. I really like his design – great work! Favorited.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#2 posted 07-31-2013 06:06 PM

Thanks, CL810. Does that mean your name is Clayton?

I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog. It’s been a long and fun build.

Your new tool chest looks pretty awesome.

-- Kyle

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