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Shop storage projects #22: Frame works, false fronts, and other mishaps.....

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 02-17-2017 02:11 AM 1641 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, trying to get caught up here. Had the sides done, and the drawer ready to be glued up. Needed to build some webframes to make this into a case to hold two drawers…

First I set aside a blank to make a false front for the bottom drawer, to ensure it didn’t get resawn down to make a the frames…

Caption says this is a tenon cutter. That is only half right, as I have to move the jig one more time..

To make these “dominoes”. When all were cut, I wound up with these short rails..

Which left chopping a mortise to match each tenon. Got out an old jig..

And a few toys..

Saw made a few cuts, mortise chisel chopped into the far end, then the waste could be popped right out. Test fit

Should do the job. I had earlier laid out one of the side assemblies, to help size the frames. I used the existing drawer to mark the length of the log rails… After each frame had it’s joints made, I glued clamped and nailed them off

This will be their new home, anyway, and it keeps them out of my way. The third frame was a bit different

As they had these tiny tenons…...which meant I needed to dig a smaller hole..

Needed a “third hand” to help glue the last frame up..

Just glue, for now. I came back later, and added a nail into each tenon.

Ok, next trip to the shop. I had resawn some pine from the 1×10 plank, to make these face frame parts. They sit in dovetail sockets…..I should have done a half dovetail for the top one….would have saved the blowouts. I used screws to help hold the pieces in place, while the glue dried. Clamps were needed elsewhere..

Before I glued this up, I needed to check for square…..plywood bottom was WAY out. Squared it up,which meant the back was a bit too long. Fixed that. Finally got it into the clamps and set aside for a while. Set the dresser into it’s new home for the night..

Now, for a bit of “scale”...that saw is a SKIL Home Shop 6-1/2” circular saw. Nice for crosscuts.

Ok, today’s shoptime: I got the drawer out of the clamps, cleaned the corners up, made sure the drawer would fit….nope. a few “high spots” in the face frame parts. Got those trimmed back, tried again..

NOW it fits. Same with the old drawer, had a small area that was too low, trimmed that back as well….
And now the mishaps….
Drawer gets a false front, means I have some carving to do….or try to….End grain needed a rounded profile, after a “step’’ was made. Tried to use the bandsaw to do that…..blade skipped out of the cut, and skippied right over my finger….nothing real serious, just a couple bandaids to fix up. Got out the usual toys again..

Time to try a bit of carving….wood, NOT me.

Thesteps create a panel for the knobs. Then a round-over of sorts. Didn’t have the right bit, didn’t feel like using the router, anyway. Marking gauge to “cut’ a line, the saw could deepen it. Chisel to peel back the waste. Spokeshave to start the rounding over, and the block plane to get rid of bumpiness….there was one spot where the bandsaw could do, without cutting me..

Front wheel on the beltander to smooth this out. Blended all the round-over at the corners. Went out and bought some shorter screws, and some knobs. centered the false front on the drawer”box”, glue and screws to attach.

Then the knobs. They needed a counterbore for their bolts…bit finally, got things almost done..

Awaiting the glue-up of a top/shelf thingy. Will be storing things on the shelf as well. here you can see why I should have gone with the half dovetails..

Drawers are loaded up,

Need dividers in here..

And these are done nailed off. needs a back installed on the case, bottom drawer will need a kicker. I’ll glue up a pair of 1×6s to make the top / shelf. Then MAYBE some Witch’s Brew for a finish?

getting close to done, stay tuned…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use



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#1 posted 02-22-2017 06:16 AM

Have a few things to do on this project, yet. Needs a back on it. Bottom drawer needs a kicker installed. Shelf/top has been glued up, and an end support added. Gave this a test fit..

Have to work out a way to attach the shelf, and still be able to remove it, if need be.

Then, maybe a coat or two of Witch’s Brew, for a finish? May have one more blog, on this…..think this little thing would do as a Project Post?

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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