Craftsman - Stickley Projects #11: Back to the Chests after 2 Month Diversion

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Blog entry by Paul posted 10-28-2007 03:34 AM 1056 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Drawer cases assembled/glued Part 11 of Craftsman - Stickley Projects series Part 12: Drawers In »

Gosh, time flies. Projects that I’ve outlined in other blogs piled up and I needed my space back to work on these chests. Didn’t get a whole heck of lot accomplished after the flea market and yard sales today.

Purchased manufactured maple drawer guides. Made a mistake and left a 5/8” inset to the drawer bottoms and the guide was 3/4” high. Fortunately, I was able to take 1/16” off each half of the guide by running through my table top tickness planer to make them 5/8” high. The other option was to inset each drawer guide 1/8” into the drawer dividers. I knew it was doable but since the drawer dividers were already mounted in the carcase, there would be limited room for working with chisels and creating a 1/8” inset. Certainly couldn’t get a router in there. That was probably the correct option instead of planing the guides but glue and screw on each end . . . they aren’t going anywhere.

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After planing, cut to length and center mounted a guide for each drawer. Slid the other half onto the mounted half, placed the drawer in the opening – center with shims and mark to the bottom of the drawer. Got just two drawers marked and the other half of the guides glued to the bottom. Wish I had a brad nailer to tack the guides to the drawer bottoms, too.

If the nice weather holds, I may take a couple of vacation days next week and try to get a ways down the road on finishing up these chests.

-- Paul, Texas

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#1 posted 10-31-2007 07:44 AM

Good work getting back to these! I’ve left my outdoor table aside to start a basic bed frame project that’s just plain needed…

I can relate.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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