Stepback Cupboard in Pine #12: Build-a-drawer, 101

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 03-11-2018 08:41 PM 253 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Top is done, case assembled Part 12 of Stepback Cupboard in Pine series Part 13: Drawer installed, plugs and other adventures »

two days to build one drawer? I am getting slow in my old age…

Anyway, this may be a bit long, better get settled in….

Cut this to size..goal being to build a drawer around it. Had a couple “left-overs” for the sides, they needed to match in width and length…Length was at the bandsaw, later the mitre box. width was the easy part.

Then “shot” the end grain straight..

Set the sides aside for a bit. Corner joints will be through dovetails…got out a few toys for that..

I use the dovetail bit to set the angle for the sliding bevel gauge…
Laid out some lines, doing pins first..

Then do a bit of saw work..

Then lay the board flat on the bench for a bit of chisel work..

Chop 1/2 way down, leave a bit on the ends for support. flip the board over, and finish chopping the waste out…

Then repeat for the other end of the drawer front. Drawers sides were marked as to what was “inside” ,..”Top”. and Bottom..along with Front. Same as the front of the drawer. Marked out the tails, using the pins and a scary sharp pencil..

Bandsaw to cut on the waste side of the lines, trying to leave as much line as I could…

This was after chopping away the waste left by the bandsaw….a few extra cuts into the waste, helps when I chop the slivers out. Dry fit?

A little snug. Repeat for the other side piece. Then get the groovy plane out.

Reset this, by changing the bead cutter to a straight cutter #12. Reset the fence so the groove winds up 1/4” above the bottom edges. Depth was a bit deep, reset that…made a little jig..

To help hold things still, long enough to plough the groove…both in the front and both sides.. roughly cut a 1/4” plywood panel to size. Tested the fit..

A bit on the snug side…got a start on adding a back to this drawer…didn’t have a board to use..Grrrrr
Drove to the local Blue BORG, and bought a 1×6 x 4’ plank…..methinks they were charging for the staples..

Had to pull a second board of of this thing. Got the staples out. Did a bit of figuring about how long a back I needed. Plywood panel needed trimmed a bit, edges beveled. Then used that to set the length of the back.

Just missed a huge knot, too. Set these two boards aside. Reset the mitrebox to only cut 3/8” deep. Laid out a line or two, where the back will sit in a dado. Made sure the lines were straight and square..then a bit of saw work..

Moved the jig to where I could use it, added a clamp, used the chisel to pop the waste out, then the Stanley 39 to clean the dado’s bottom.

Then a couple drills were used…

Why change bits, when I can just change drills and all. Screws to help hold the back in place, rather than just glue alone. Time to spread some glue. and get a forest of clamps..and six screws..

Diagonal clamp to pull things square..

Will let this mess sit a day, then clean it up. Add a couple knobs….then start on the bookcase part of this project..
Stay tuned…

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

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#1 posted 03-11-2018 09:28 PM

Great dovetails, Bandit! I’ll pretend I didn’t  read that bandsaw part … 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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