Arts and Crafts 6 Drawer Dresser #2: Rabbets and Mortises

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 12-14-2012 09:21 AM 4058 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Legs and Side Panel Glueups Part 2 of Arts and Crafts 6 Drawer Dresser series Part 3: Scraping, Sanding, and Staining Panels »

Here is the plan for the 6 drawer dresser.

Rabbeting the back legs for the rear plywood panels. I chose plywood over solid wood for some dimensional stability.

The rabbets are stopped 1-1/2” from the bottom of the legs to match the location of the side rails.

Mortising for pegs at the side rail locations.

Mortising for pegs at the front rail location.

Legs complete.

Panels were glued up in two stages – first two pairs of 3/4” boards were joined. Then those 10” wide panels were planed to 1/2” while they would still fit in the planner. Finally, the two 10” panels were joined with a single joint down the middle.

Planing some stock for the webbing / drawer supports.

Still a lot of lumber to go through! I figure I will get a whole bedroom set from this stock.

Next up is cutting the arches on the bottom side rails, sanding parts for the side assemblies, staining the side panels, and side assembly glueup.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#1 posted 12-14-2012 09:58 PM

so much work brethen..looking good though

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#2 posted 12-15-2012 12:09 AM

Casegoods are a lot of work, especially when making solid wood panels. It can be a rewarding process though.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 12-15-2012 03:11 AM

It’s coming along. Keep taking those pictures. It’s lookin good.

-- Kyle

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