Dovetail Drawers

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Blog entry by dustbunny posted 09-13-2010 02:55 AM 1444 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the process of building my Torque cabinet, I decided to try some dovetail drawers for the first time.
I figure even if I screw them up…they are for me, so no cares about messing them up.

Back up the story, last February my husband bought me the Woodline Ultimate Joinery Deluxe Combo System when we were at the Woodworking show in Springfield MA.
This is the set here
They had a show special and the system came with nine template sets, six were a bonus, and the show price was I think $240.00. I have been looking at the box ever since waiting to be able to get to it.
The Torque cabinet


is a good practice piece for me to try out some new techniques, since I didn’t have a lot of shop time this weekend, I played with the route a joint system. My husband was pleased since he was wondering if I was ever going to use it. Like I said good things are worth the wait.

Here is the jig



I set it up with Heart joints template

Maple front and walnut sides. I just got a boatload of walnut shorts from my cabinet maker friend (free)
that’s a gloat in case it went over your head. LOL
Also I picked up drawer slides, under mount to make the drawers easy to open and close. These are great slides for 20” I paid $2.88 a drawer set from Harbor Freight. They are self closing and smooooth to roll.
Sweet !!

I also made this little guy for the outside of the cabinet, he needs some carving and sanding….


That’s all I got accomplished this weekend, thanks for looking, and check out the Woodline USA website, they have some nice stuff,


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#1 posted 09-13-2010 03:13 AM

Nice Roo.

Good for you building stuff for the shop. Boy do I need to do that for myself.
And the hearts are… How do I say…. Cute.

Thanks for the heads up on the HF slides,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 09-13-2010 04:37 AM

I bought a full set from someone last year and have yet to try them out. Looks good.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#3 posted 09-13-2010 08:11 AM

That ‘roo is cute!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#4 posted 09-13-2010 11:50 AM

I line up and agree, those ‘heart tails’ are so cute, they automaticly made me smile.
Good work, look forward to follow this tabel story.
Best of thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 09-13-2010 12:22 PM

This will be one of your patented drawer projects. Only this time it will be both front and sides.
That set looks very interesting!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 09-13-2010 12:50 PM

This is really turning out cool! I love seeing the project come to life. You will really have a great set up there when you are done. Great job!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#7 posted 09-13-2010 01:37 PM

I think you might have the drawer fronts and backs mixed up with the sides ?.........they generally go the other way with “hearts” exposed on the sides of the drawer where they are both aesthetically more pleasing as well as functionally stronger.

That said

Cool looking

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#8 posted 09-13-2010 01:57 PM

well , well , wabbit .

up to some new tricks again i see .

what is in that carrot cake ,

you have been eating lately ?

i’ll never catch up !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 09-13-2010 02:06 PM

Dustbunny, this was real interesting. Those joints look nice. Thanks for the info.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 09-13-2010 02:46 PM

For a first try, they look swell, very nice.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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Kent Shepherd

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#11 posted 09-13-2010 03:10 PM

Lisa, If you keep it up, you’re going to make my Torque look tacky. Maybe I need to get on the ball.
I love the drawer. Looking good.


-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#12 posted 09-13-2010 05:19 PM

this will be cool…nothing like character all over your shop…i hope there is going to be some roo tracks in here somewhere…lol…....a certain bloak i know down under would smile at that…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 09-13-2010 05:57 PM

Shop drawers with style too! That set looks like it would be handy (especially at the sale price!) if you were making a lot of cabinets, etc.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#14 posted 09-14-2010 03:37 PM

lisa thanks for posting this project i have been looking at the jig for woodline for a while.
looking at your first time use results it looks like i may have to get 1
thanks for sharing

-- self proclaimed copycat

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