Penguin Tool Chest #8: Finishing the Carcass and Starting the Drawers

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Blog entry by bobasaurus posted 11-14-2011 01:23 AM 1862 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally managed to finish the last part of the carcass assembly by gluing in the vertical divider. It’s looking pretty awesome with everything together (except for the cheap pine plywood, which I’ll cover with some material after finishing):

This weekend, I’ve been spending my time flattening and cutting up a ridiculously twisted and bowed elm board:

This will become the drawer sides. After spending hours and hours with a combination of hand planes, the jointer, and the planer, I finally managed to get some reasonably flat 1/2” elm pieces. Wiping the board with water periodically helped reduce planer tear-out. Next time I’ll buy flatter wood to save some of this effort… I didn’t know what I was getting into with the time and work involved. Here’s one of the nice and flat pieces after planing:

After ripping to width and squaring one end of each strip on my sled, I set up a jury-rigged stop block on the miter saw for cutting all sides to the same length:

The pieces seemed to bow again slightly after being ripped, so I clamped all the final cut drawer sides together to hopefully let them stabilize a bit while the last of my planer-wiped water dries:

Now I have to do a similar process for the fronts/backs of the drawers. The piece of maple I have for them is much straighter, thankfully.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#1 posted 11-14-2011 05:42 AM

bobasaurus That is a very nice looking tool chest. And I feel your pain with the warped board. I have had a few that I placed in the yard on the grass for 24 hours. The morning dew will set in and then the sunshine will pull the moisture into the board. Place the board cuped down. It allowed me to get it to the table saw for some what of a straight cut. Cutting it smaller then relieved some stress. All I have to join with is hand planes. And a board that warped will kick your but.
Great build keep us posted.

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#2 posted 11-14-2011 05:50 AM

Very good looking project.


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