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Roubo Cabinet #16: Final Assembly - Drawer Backs, Bottoms and Fitting

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 1124 days ago 3120 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is the last post required to complete the build and make ready for applying the finish of my choice to get this one in the books. Once all the drawer fronts have been joined to the sides, and those cut to rough length, I had to work on adding backs to the drawers as well as bottoms. All drawer backs were set into simple dados that were cut on the table saw.

For the Big Drawer as well as the Big Pair of drawers, the drawer bottom consists of a single piece of repurposed hardboard, or what I grew up calling Masonite. I had to cut it square, and used a simple rip fence / jig with the trim saw to get edges that were straight and square. The material fit in the tracks just fine.

The bottoms on the Small Pair had to be wood panels (because RG talked me into it) so the backs, while still in a simple dado, weren’t channeled for a fully enclosed bottom like the other drawers were. I wanted the grain to run across the panel for stability, so a quick glue up of my pine ‘drawer sides’ donor material was required. That was simple enough, you’ve seen panel glue ups – so no need to go into detail here. With my drawer bottom panel in one piece, three more actions were required:
1. Flatten the material on both sides
2. Cut to rough size
3. Apply bevels with the #78 to run in the side grooves

Did it happen? Yes.

The raised, underside portion of the bottoms were proud of the side rails, so I had to do some additional thicknessing.

And, just for fun, here’s what my bench in work looked like at the time

I had stopped dados on the Small Pair so some final chiseling was required.

They’re IN, just need backs and final fitting. Bookcase drawer bottoms – COOL!

Backs in. This is coming together!

A few pictures to tell the glue-up story:

Check for square…

And we’re Golden.

Lots of trim work-

Mounted the last pair of handles, and finally the cabinet is built!

I’ll do some final smoothing at the carcase dovetails, apply a simple finish and be ready post this bad boy as a Completed Project. Oh, the lifecycle of a shop build here on LJs!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive



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PurpLev

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#1 posted 1124 days ago

this cabinet looks great, and adds so much storage that is always appreciated. nice design!

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#2 posted 1124 days ago

Thanks, PurpLev!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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blackcherry

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#3 posted 1124 days ago

Beastly Man Smitty, it turn out great and the patina makes it old world looking. All your pic’s were hand tool inspiration, nice looking collection and your bench shows how useful these legends of woodworking are still handy tool to have in today’s shop. Thanks for taking the time to show your talents and the use of these timeless beauty’s ...Wilson

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#4 posted 1124 days ago

Wilson – Those words are very much appreciated, glad you’ve enjoyed the posts. The last three pics show ‘smudges’ on the faces of several drawers that are actually sweaty handprints due to the intense Summer 2011 heat. I think I may leave them rather than plane them out before applying final finish. At this point, it is what it is! :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#5 posted 1123 days ago

Yes seal’em in, “Perspiration of Success ” your own personal signature…lol great blog…Blkchery

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#6 posted 1123 days ago

very nice work I like how you have storage and the sliding support. Sorry I forget what it’s called, I like how it’s all functional.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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lysdexic

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#7 posted 1123 days ago

Superb. Again thanks for taking the time to share this with us. Once, my skills are appropriate I fully intend to build a roubo bench a la Schwarz. Yet, with imitation being the most sincere form of flattery, I fully intend to outfit the bench with cabinet like yours.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#8 posted 1123 days ago

I have enjoyed this series, you did a nice job with it. I wasn’t sure about a cabinet under there but you’ve kept it low enough to not interfere with anything that is going on. You’ll be brushing shavings off it, tho.! I just let the shavings gather up on my shelf and equipment, not a good solution. After my current project, a clock, I’m going to take some time a do some shop/tool storage improvement … you’ve given me inspiration.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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RGtools

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#9 posted 1123 days ago

Glad you went with solid wood. Wasn’t doing the bevels fun?

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#10 posted 1123 days ago

@Blackcherry – Sealed in and permanent! Thanks, buddy!
@bigike – Thanks! Sliding deadman. Yes, it works and just clears the front of the cabinet, with 203 clamps along for the ride (those stick through some, not an issue though).
@lysdexic – Go for it, don’t wait! :-) Oh, and Post It so we can follow along!
@3finger – Thank you for the great feedback. Now, I get to put stuff in it / enjoy the build for a while!
@kenn – I can use my hold downs on material as thin as 1/2” without hitting the top of the cabinet, and can’t think yet of a clamping application that would be impeded by the cabinet. I think this will work just fine, and glad you enjoyed the series!
@RG – Yes, doing the bevels was really a lot of fun. I’m glad you stayed on me to do at least a couple drawers that way, and it’s kinda cool that there’s some variety in how the drawers were constructed. I get a kick out of that kind of thing.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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