Cherry Nightstand #5: Delayed Drawers

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Blog entry by ilyac posted 07-17-2016 07:23 PM 420 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So after a bit of delays and figuring out how I was going to do these exactly I finally got done with making and mounting the drawers.

A large part of the delay is that this part of the plan was left very much an open question. I did not know if I was going to use drawer slides, hardware slides, under mount, side mount…these are my first drawers so I had no idea what the heck I was doing.

I decided to make flush mount drawers with a cherry front and maple sides and back. For the bottom I used some of the 1/4” plywood I had around the garage, and they would be assembled with a Whiteside Drawer lock bit. I was very happy with the quality of the bit, but I did not get the even an consistent results I was hoping for. The drawers were 3”, 4”, and 7” tall, but much longer and deeper. Without proper a proper miter slide or support from the back the boards had a tendency to rack so some of the routed areas came out a little off. All this made getting the drawers to be square also a bit difficult.

For the mounting I chose hardwood (hard maple) rails that they would slide on, mounted to the side of the case. To mount I drilled oversize holes, applied glue to the back of the rail, and tightened them down so that they would stay put but could move if I apply a little force. I slide on the drawer (which had a routed groove to receive the rail), and adjust until the gap is as even as possible and they are able to slide in and out freely. Once that is done I removed the drawer and heightened the rail down fully. Overall this worked well, but 2 of the drawers are still a bit tight, though I think that is because the drawer itself is not perfectly square.

So far this has actually been the hardest part of the project, getting these drawers done. A few stick just a little, and the gaps around the drawers are not perfect, but I am still overall happy with the results.

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#1 posted 07-17-2016 07:54 PM

JUST put a little johnsons paste wax on the runners


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#2 posted 07-17-2016 10:31 PM

Thanks Tony, I will definitely have to do that. How long does that typically last before needing to re-apply?

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