Shaker Style End table #6: Drawer build, and a start of the finishing

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 03-16-2015 03:42 AM 1376 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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GrandBRATS screaming, and a-fightin….too much noise upstairs, time to retreat to the Dungeon Shop, and LOCK the door behind me….

Weeeelll now. Decided to build that drawer. Cut the sides to size. Then set up the router table to cut some grooves.

Had to clear all the junk off of it first. Set a 1/4” straight bit. Set up the fence with a pair of clamps holding it in place. Tried a piece of scrap, first, just in case…

Ok, that is set up and waiting…ah, still have the drawer to level out

Once that was done, marked it as bottom on all three pieces. Then ran the pieces over the router table.
Needed to mill up a back for the drawer, too. Crosscut to length

Disston D-8 from about 1953 or so, nice saw. However, I wasn’t about to hand rip to width. Fired up the circular saw, and just left the line. Then a little plane work to get to the line

Almost to long a plane. Needed a place for the back to sit. Was going to do a dado, but, just made a rebate, instead. Seemed to fit ok..

Used to be, I’d always have trouble getting all the grooves to line up, but this time around..

I got lucky. Now, how about a bottom for this drawer? Did not have any thin plywood on hand, but I did have some 1/2” thick ply wood that could be fitted to the grooves. Got out the rebate plane, old #78 and made a 1/4 by 3/8 rebate on the two sides, and across the “front”.

Testing the fit as I went along. Time for glue and screws?

Glued, and screwed together, with a couple clamps to hold the dovetails tight. Bottom is flush with the drawer side’s bottom

Yep, good place for that nasty looking side of the plywood. Now, I needed some runners for this drawer to slide on. Stashed the drawer out of the way. Cut some 1×2 s to length, and made an “L” shape guide/runner. Glue and screws to place each to the bottom edge of the sides

Ok, did some final sanding, a block plane to champfer the top and bottom edges of the top. That dutchman and the half-dovetails needed a bit of sawdust/glue filler, then sanded smooth. Ok, mixed up a Whitch’s Brew.

Bit of Golden Pecan, a bit of Dark Walnut, and a bit of that smelly BLO, mix in a plastic tub. Brush the stuff on like paint, let it sit a bit, then wipe off. Drawer was dry, so it also got the Brew…
Ready the view the almost finished table?

Not too hateful? Hey, the drawer even works!

A white knob was added to the drawer. plastic “feet” were added to the bottom of each leg. Just nail on thingys, put the nail point where the dead center from the lathe was, and drive them down.

Well, that about does it, all that is left is the final finishing. Then I will post as a “Project”
Hope you enjoyed the show….

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

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#1 posted 03-16-2015 01:46 PM

Well done, sir!
The pace at which you work is enspi….. insporra….. inspiring….
That and tiring!!!
I need a nap….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 03-16-2015 02:32 PM

looks great budy, i will try one when i get a lathe!

-- James,Alabama,

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#3 posted 03-17-2015 12:15 AM

Glad to see you finally broke out a few power tools. I knew you had em!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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