Every time I go to make drawers, a war breaks out. Mainly fighting a router, a guide bushing that doesn’t want to go together, a too short dovetail bit, and trying to make a jig WORK the way it was supposed to. Had the router apart, figured I could assemblr the guide a little easier…..NOT! Kept wanting to crossthread.. FINALLY got it in place. Router bit is as far out as it is safe to use. Cranked the bit down to almost where it was needed to be. Try drive was VERY noisey, as the collet was rubbing the collar. Set up the jig, using a screw through a block of wood . secured both ends. Then loaded the jig up
Figured I could do both drawers and get it over with. This is after the first sides were done. Clamped up…
And grabbed a jack plane. Trying to get the bottom edges flush with each other….Set all the parts aside overnight
Ok assembly time! Have the 1/4” plywood
And cut two panel out for the drawer bottoms. Sanded smoother than the factory attempt.
And set up a different router, and it’s table. Needed a groove to fit the plywood routed into the two sides and the front. For some reason, my 1/4” bit wasn’t quite wide enough, and it took a second pass after bumping the fence to the new spot…
Then re-set the fence again. After trimming the sides to length, I needed a dado for the back to sit in. Couple passes to get it right. Then rip two boards to length and width for the backs.. Needed to know where the top of the groove was. Couple clamps and glue at the dovetailed ends, a few screws and glue elsewhere…
A single screw holds the bottom to the back, two screws to hold the sides to the back. The dovetails? They are on their own..
Waiting on the glue to cure, before any other work done here. Ok, both drawers are glued, screwed and clamped up. Sat each in their new homes, once I figured out which drawer went where….Needed runners for them to slide on. Had some OLD 1×2 strapping, cut four pieces and added three pilot holes to each. A little clean up with a block plane to clear a spot for some glue. End needs to match where the front runner is, Visegrip finger clamp to hold it there.
And added one screw. Set the combo square to gauge where the rest of the runner needed to be, reclamped, and screwed off. Finally got all four done
And they can sit there awhile. We have other stuff to do, though..
Boss wants a door and a cabinet on one end. Have enough plywood leftover. Cut and notched a panel for the end. Notched around the runners, as the front one will give me a place to attach the panel. Tried to center the panel on the legs, too.
Screwed to the legs and the drawer runner. Then closed off the back. Added a cleat to one runner along the side. Set it in a bit to match the end panel. More small round-head screws to attach the side panel
I’ll add a small cleat to the bottom shelf. Fitted a cleat to go acroos to the front. Will need to cut another panel to help close the box it. Then, we will see IF there is a Door War coming up. Right now….LUNCHBREAK!
Stay tuned, I can almost see the light at the end of this tunnel…..
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