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Blog entry by Ron Aylor posted 08-27-2017 09:18 PM 1347 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A Secret Drawer –
 
With the barley twist split spindle completed and resting quietly out of harms ways, I start work on the kneeling platform.
 
Now … what Elizabethan/Louis XIII style Prie Dieu would be complete without a secret compartment? Besides, where else would a Reformation Era priest have kept those controversial texts?
 
After a great deal of thought and working out countless possibilities in my head; I decided on a secret drawer patterned after that of Marc Spagnuolo’s Greene & Greene Blanket Chest. Thanks, Marc!
 
With this design the front face of the kneeling platform is actually the drawer front, making the two bun feet the drawer pulls, so to speak. First I constructed the frame …
 

 
… the visible faces of the platform are Ambrosia maple. I used alder for the interior pieces as to not add unnecessary weight. The drawer sides need to attach to the drawer front with sliding dovetails …
 

… with a sharp chisel the alder cuts like butter!
 

 
With the male portions cut, I marked the location for the female slots in the drawer front.
 

 
The Ambrosia maple required a bit more heft to cut!
 

 
Yet, everything fell into place quite nicely. The completed drawer has a 1/8” bottom and rests on 3/4” thick runners.
 

 
I am making the bun feet by gluing up 4/4 walnut and rounding things out with rasp and file.
 

 
The 90° notch allows the feet to overlap the corners …
 

 
… with the addition of the platform top, which will overhang 2-1/4” on all sides the Ambrosia maple platform should be somewhat invisible.
 

 
Well … there you have it … one secret drawer!
 

 
The top will go on once I figure out the trim and the gadrooning. Thanks for looking … all comments and/or questions welcomed. Follow my progress with the links below:
 
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #1 - An Ambitious Endeavor
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #2 - To the File Box!
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #3 - Barley Twist Split Spindle
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #4 - A Secret Drawer
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #5 - Butterflies & Trim
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #6 - Gadrooning
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #7 - The Right Color
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #8 - Onward & Upward
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #9 - On the Rail
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #10 – Panels Rising
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #11 – Panel Risen
 

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.



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#1 posted 08-28-2017 12:41 AM

Looking pretty good Ron, just one question: are the bun feet attached to the secret drawer also supports for the Prie Dieu?, or some form of false supporting feet, allowing easy opening? I’m trying to visualise the support structure.

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#2 posted 08-28-2017 12:57 AM

Are you going to hide something in the drawer for Fr. Chad?

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#3 posted 08-28-2017 10:32 AM



Looking pretty good Ron, just one question: are the bun feet attached to the secret drawer also supports for the Prie Dieu?, or some form of false supporting feet, allowing easy opening? I m trying to visualise the support structure.

- Oldtool

Thanks, Tom. The support structure is the frame in the photo below. The drawer front and all four bun feet have 1/8”+ clearance. The bun feet offer no support. Thanks for asking.


 

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#4 posted 08-28-2017 10:48 AM


Are you going to hide something in the drawer for Fr. Chad?

- Dave Polaschek

Absolutely … I may try and find a copy of the Malleus Maleficarum … LOL!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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