What do you know, I was able to use the last 3 days for some extra shop time!
As planned, I cut the drawers parts on day 1 (not a full day, but it did happen on the first day). On day 2 I was able to build the drawers and glue them up. The plan was to use half blind dovetails for the solid maple fronts. I must say, making these many dovetails at such a small scale was exhausting (but good practice)! the joints improved from one drawer to the next, not all perfect, but considering the scale, the fact it was my first dealing with halfblinds, and the shear amount of those I think I fared well:
Once the drawers were dry, I was able to work on the fit today. they were pretty much on the money, with just slight need to trim off the front/backs pins. Low angle block plane really worked great for this. At first I clamped the drawers sideways on the bench, but that didn’t seem to give me enough stability:
Then I remembered I can really pull out that vise exactly for this purpose. holding the drawer this way was great and made work real simple:
Finishing off the drawers, I scraped it off which led me to wonder. I noticed some folks do not create a burr on their scrapers, but just use a file to ‘set them up’. from my experience that will scrape nice dust. but with a burr on the scraper it gets some pretty thin and unique shavings:
Does anyone have input on this? do you just file your scraper? does it create shavings? or just dust/particles?
Anyways, I chose maple for the drawer fronts so that it’ll blend nicely with the maple veneer I chose for the fronts that I had lying around. I also installed the slides for the 2 large drawers (accidently overrouted the drawer side and blew out the front of the drawer which needs some fixing), and drilled 1” diameter holes for the pulls which I’ll put later on.
All in all, almost done and done with the build and it all fits nicely together:
Yes, the box is already finished, but the drawers fronts are not yet and I’ll discuss the finishing on a post all by itself.
time to get some rest!
-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.