Custom Buffet #6: Drawer Construction

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Blog entry by MT_Stringer posted 11-05-2013 01:59 AM 1494 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It has been a struggle, but I finally managed to get the drawers built.

I made drawer stock by gluing up discounted (50% off) lumber purchased at the lumber yard. They sell “shorts” – boards that are less than 48 inches in length in various widths. I made the drawers out of poplar with the exception of the pull out tray. It is maple.

With the boards glued up, I then planed them to just over 5/8 inch. Then I switched to the drum sander and sanded them to 5/8 inch thick. Next step was to cut the various pieces to the final length and width.

Then it was time to figure out the monster. This is my first time to attempt half blind dovetail joinery. The instruction manual for the jig was hard to understand. Videos I watched on YouTube helped some but I was still confused. It took most of one day to get the jig figured out and test cuts made. After several adjustments, I managed to achieve decent joints.

The four small drawers have dividers to help organize and store small items. As it turns out, the jig has a dado jig (for routing sliding dovetails) that worked perfectly for routing the divider slots. I put both drawer pieces in and ran the router bit across both at the same time. That was pretty cool. The dadoes for the drawer bottoms and the drawer backs were cut on the table saw.

One down, 7 to go.

And a shot of the bottom.

I really like the pull out tray. It will sit behind the two doors in the middle of the buffet. Since it will hold a load of stuff, I made the bottom out of 1/2 inch plywood. I made a template so I can replicate this drawer in the future. The drawer front has the same hand relief I use on my toy boxes. I was pretty happy with the results.

Finished. They are sanded and ready for the spray booth.

All that is left is to spray a clear finish on the drawers and install them.
Hopefully, later this week, the glaze will get applied to the buffet. Then it will be time for the countertop.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 11-07-2013 09:02 PM

Beautifully done. Some fine, fine lookin drawers.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 11-07-2013 11:02 PM

I thought i had posted an update but I don’t see it.
The drawers have been installed along with the knobs and drawer pulls. We ordered the Silstone counter top yesterday. Today the installer came out and measured the top. It should be ready to install in a couple of weeks.

So, as of now, we are through until the top is installed. Next week, the lady will come out and apply the glaze finish to the front. Then we will install the last row of the brick, grout and seal it.

Really happy with the results.
Thanks for following along.

!) Drawers installed.

2) She loves the big pull out tray. The three pot buffet server fits perfectly.

3) Done for now. Bring on the counter top.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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