Router Table #11: Drawer Fronts in Front(s) of the Drawers

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 01-26-2010 05:21 AM 4878 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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hand’t got the chance to post this on sunday, but I did get a chance to mill the drawer fronts to thickness, width, and height on sunday, and temporarily install them on the drawers.

for lack of materials the drawer fronts came to be 3/8”+ in thickness as opposed to the original plan of 3/4”, but since this is just drawer fronts, I’m not too concern about this. it actually makes it looks a bit more refined and elegant.

I do have some alignment issues as the drawers apparently were not glued square which causes the fronts to sit not flush with the face frames. I tried to hand plane the bottom drawer to hide that error, but then the glueup gave in – apparently the glueup in freezing temperatures didn’t really took hold as good as I thought it did. it was strong enough for some lateral pulling force, but now with some shear force on it it gave in. So I have the lower drawer front stored and well, waiting for a new drawer to be built on which I’ll attach the front. thats why the picture shows the lower drawer missing – RIP:
drawer fronts temporarily in place

I aligned the fronts with a straight edge on the left side, and used a spacer to keep the gap between the drawer fronts even. I actually used a spacer from the top of each front face divider to the top of the drawer front. that way I didn’t have to have the drawer above the one I was installing in place which gave me more room for my hands to work with. I then held the drawer fronts in place temporarily with 2 screws that will later be taken off after I decide that I’m happy with the positioning, and the holes will be covered with the drawer pulls. this made it fairly easy to position and hold the fronts in place.

I’m pretty happy with the way this turned out. just gotta pay more focus to squaring off the drawers in the future. something I’m not very good at.


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

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#1 posted 01-26-2010 05:50 AM

Looking great. Nice design in those drawer fronts.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#2 posted 01-26-2010 06:24 AM

Thanks Karson :)

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

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#3 posted 01-26-2010 06:26 AM

puts a little class into it

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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#4 posted 01-26-2010 12:14 PM

Sweet…. mate.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 01-26-2010 01:17 PM

This is looking pretty good. At one time I thought that shop funiture needed only to be functional and could easily be made of parts from sheet good material cobbled together. But now, after seeing posts like this one, I have come to appreciate projects that also address form as well as functionality. Bottom line is that the drawer fronts look good and really dress up the appearance of the table.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 01-26-2010 01:22 PM

Your router table looks better than furniture!!!
Those drawers look spectacular. The detail really makes it look nice.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#7 posted 01-26-2010 01:24 PM

I’l second Karsons comment on the drawers, they look great. Along with the straight edge on the left while installing the drawer fronts you could use a spacer between the drawers to help with positioning, starting at the bottom and working up.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#8 posted 01-26-2010 01:47 PM

I’m saddened by the loss of the bottom drawer face, but the rest look great!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#9 posted 01-26-2010 03:44 PM

Thanks guys, glad it turned out to your liking. also to mine. depending on what in the shop, but a project that is more than a jig, I think that it adds a nice vibe and changes the atmosphere in the shop when you do it visually pleasing as well as functional. a project like this that really takes time to build and to a certain degree is somewhat complex – might as well put in the additional effort and turn it to also look better.

just to make it clear (Gary) – the lower Drawer Front is ALIVE and WELL, it’s the drawer that got lost in the process while trying to flush it with the front of the face frames. I’ll build a new drawer, and attach the (still in one piece) drawer front to it at a later date (aka – then I get the time).

Tim – yes, I did start from the bottom and used a spacer to align the drawer fronts with an even gap between them… I’ll edit the post :)

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

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#10 posted 01-26-2010 06:23 PM

Nice piece for the workshop.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#11 posted 01-26-2010 08:07 PM

Sorry to hear about the glue failure… checking of diagonals to verify squareness is a habit that everyone needs to develop

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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#12 posted 01-27-2010 08:18 AM

Them there drawers sure are fancy! I would also agree that it looks a lot better than most of the furniture in my house. lol Mazel Tov

-- Wookie=Wood Rookie

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#13 posted 01-27-2010 02:11 PM

It going to be really nice when finished. I hope you get your drawer problem solved ok as I assume this router table will be used in your living room. lol

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 01-27-2010 04:07 PM

Thanks guys, yes, this is going to be in the living room and will also serve as an entertainment system (in todays economy, entertainment is a commodity)

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

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