It was pouring outside, and so grey, but somehow the train kept on going. I somewhat planned for this in advance, and made sure I cut all the parts in advance so that I can continue working later on on the joinery in a more flexible manner, and flexible I mean literally as the kitchen counter flexed as I chiseled away. Then again, I was able to get some progress done while being with the family and not isolated in the garage. My daughter sat next to me watching me carve the sockets out with interest (Ironically we watched ‘surfs up’ earlier the day where the main character was planing KOA timber into a surfboard) and helped me clear the chips, and mark the parts with the marking gauge so it was a win win situation
In essence I chiseled out the half lap hollows from the horizontal dividers rails to make 3 frames, 2 to hold the top 3 smallest drawers (one of them being the bottom of the top compartment), and 2 of them to hold the second tier of 2 drawers:
just to get a quick visualization (far from really getting any solid idea of what it’ll look like though) I put the frames in approximated place between the 2 sides:
I’ve actually miscalculated a couple of things:
1. milled all the horizontal dividers parts to 1/2” where in essence I needed them to be 3/8”, so today after the panels were glued up overnight, I ran them through the planer and thinned them down to 3/8” – easy as cake. to be honest, I didn’t know if they would survive, but decided to take the change – it worked well.
2. top divider sockets were cut too wide, I forget that that divider is supposed to be housed into the front and back rail. to fix it , I glued it offset as can be seen in the pictures.
Next, I want to get the top panel (lid cover) milled and glued up, and the back panel which I am leaning towards “cheating” and using 1/4” luan plywood which is redish in tone and although not mahogany can still match up somewhat, and since it’s the back, I might be ok with it. At that point I think I’ll be ready for the joinery, and dadoing, followed by assembly of the carcass which will be a major progress point in this project.
-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.