Shaker Sofa Table #4: Drawers - practice and final fitting

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Blog entry by Douglas posted 03-18-2013 03:58 PM 1426 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Base Assembly - a screwed up glue up Part 4 of Shaker Sofa Table series Part 5: Finishing and finishing »

Next up was making the drawers for the table. As it was my first time doing hand cut half blind joints, I put myself through a practice run, making two drawers (sans bottoms) with scrap, before using the real grain matched pieces, and potentially screwing those up.

I had my how-to down pretty well, but I wanted to get a little more experience in my muscles, and be able to notice any bad trends in technique and correct them.

Here’s my efforts, with poplar for the sides & back, and red oak for the fronts…

a little gappy in the middle, I needed to pare a little less…

After cleaning them up, planing and sanding them smooth, and even trying out some gap filling techniques, i felt confident to move on to the main show…

My practice paid off, and the fits were tighter and cleaner than in my test run. After cleaning them up, and just a little bit of subtle gap filling, then were looking good…

There was a little bit of shimming and fussing to get the reveal right, and the depth to stop the drawers flush. I did some very slight chamfers around the drawer front edges and openings to make a nice, consistent shadow line.

The end is in sight! THe final stage of finishing and attaching the top were all that was left… next time.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#1 posted 03-19-2013 01:56 PM

Great job.


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