Kitchen Island Project #8: Drawer Faces Complete

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Blog entry by Jim posted 07-15-2009 01:44 AM 1685 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Again another deviation from my original design. I was going to go with flat oak drawer faces. We decided to mimic the rail and stiles of the doors just a little slimmer with a centre oak panel. We did that, not without problems. I goofed on my first round of rail and stiles because I measured the exact length of the rails, neglecting to take into account the 1/2” tenon on both ends used by the rail and stile bits. Fortunately I had just enough wood left over to make a new set with about 2” to spare.

Needless to say every cut was measured and tested 100 times before making the cut. You could see beads of sweat on my forehead as I routed the profiles knowing there was zero room for error. I know I know, if worse came to worse I could have made another trip to the lumber shop but you guys know the feeling.

Here is a photo of the current status. The drawer gaps look off in the photo, I think that is due to lighting. I used a technique I learned here … I positioned the drawer face with doublesided tape and business cards to set the gaps. It worked like a charm. The gaps are all 4 business cards wide … I think that’s roughly 3/16” but at least they are equal. Don’t know who posted that tip but my thanks if you happen to read this.

Next step is finish sanding then on to the large 36×60” top with a 12” eating bar along the back edge.

Drawers and hardware installed

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#1 posted 07-15-2009 02:52 AM

Looking great Jim a little finsh and your there.

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#2 posted 07-15-2009 03:03 AM

This does look pretty good, Jim. At this point in a cabinetry project I start getting an adrenaline rush and push myself since the completion of the project is in sight.

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#3 posted 07-15-2009 03:18 AM

I’m getting there Scott, can’t wait to get it in the kitchen. Partly so I can see it finished and start using it and partly so I can move on to other things.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#4 posted 07-15-2009 03:27 AM

Looks great Jim….almost there. Can’t wait to see the finished project.

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#5 posted 07-15-2009 06:40 AM

Watch out for that ‘adrenaline rush’... the term ‘rush’ should always be preceded by ‘don’t’ (rush) when your talking about finishing. Good luck on the finishing.

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