Having constructed the shell and the drawers for my wife’s new kitchen bereau, I still needed to complete the breadboard. The sanding disc for the table saw will put on a glass smooth edge. I was careful to take very light passes so that I did not burn the edge instead. I decided that a pine front would not be strong enough for the breadboard, so I cut out a piece of maple. I might have used a sander or router for this, but I used a spokeshave, a hand plane, and a profile sc...
I had a nice little cabinet, and some drawer glides milled out of an old chunk of exterior decking lumber, but no drawers and no bread board. Anxious to remedy this, I have been spending my evenings in my shop. My first job was to mill the back and side panels for the drawers out of forty year old reclaimed pine 1×12s. Then I picked out a piece of knotty pine for my front panels. I put some thought into what sort of joint I wanted to use for my drawers. On ordinary...
How this promise of a captain’s bed came about was almost an accident. My bride-to-be is used to having a large bed, California King, to be exact. All I had was a paltry queen-sized mattress on a relatively low frame. She commented that I probably stuck out over both ends when I slept (I’m 6’ 4”), and I had to agree with her. She also did not (understandably) want to share a bed with me that I had shared with my last (deceased) wife. So, I went and bought a Cal-Ki...
This has been my “forever” project. Yeah, I started this dresser last May. I progressed right up until early September. I have been following a plan i purchased from www.wood.com store. It is their maple with cherry bedroom set. Besides this dresser, there are the other bedroom furniture items: a sleigh bed, a nightstand, and an armoire or linen press. I got to the point of fitting the drawer pieces. These drawers were to slide in and out simply on the shelves and a plastic strip ...
So I used 2×1 poplar to frame out where I will house the router.. I will be using 3/4 MDF .. That’s next I will need to custom cut the MDF to fit and I’m just praying that I put the frame pieces in the right place so support the MDF and that it also looks symmetrical as Dara’s where the drawers will be going on the sides!
Got up fairly early this mornin. After a few cups of coffee and a shower I went out to the shop. I had cut, routed some roundovers, and stained/finished the drawer fronts yesterday. Was waiting for electrical inspector to stop by and give the thumbs up on my new service connection on the house (he didn’t show up till 4:30pm though said he would be there in the morning) I am all good on that, now I just gotta take the paperwork to utility company and coordinate a switch. Left bank...
In Pete Dexter’s book Deadwood, Wild Bill Hickok’s partner, Charley Utter, is thinking to himself, “He liked having a drawer, it was a neatness you could see just sliding it open.” Making drawers requires a precision and calm missing from some other jobs around the shop. Cleaning out the dust collector comes to mind. Or hand planing some misbegotten wood like a rowed grain khaya. Drawer building on the other hand needs careful measuring, straight parts, and clear thinking to do a good job....
Well, there wasn’t much left to do. I’ve added false fronts to the drawers and a simple pull. I have rather large hands so I don’t like the standard drawer handles that you can get. I made some from some scrap wood I had lying around, and they seem to work pretty well, plus they contrast pretty nicely. The drawers are pretty square, but once you put the false fronts to them they are snug on one side and there is a gap on the other side. You can’t really tell fro...
this is where we were: made some drawers to fit the 2 outer openings, pocketholed and glued together 5/8” ac ply for sides, 3/8” ply for bottoms. used 1/2”x1” oak strips for drawer glides and after: when i get center section figured out and my other bench rebuilt with its drawers ill work on making some drawer fronts. had to take the left stamped wing off due to it not being level and not staying where i put it while trying to adjust it back. Its all good ...
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