Arts and Crafts 6 Drawer Dresser #5: Glueup in the Front, Dados in the Back

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 12-28-2012 05:33 AM 7848 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Template Routing and Frame & Panel Glueup Part 5 of Arts and Crafts 6 Drawer Dresser series Part 6: Web Frames »

I cut the plywood backs to size, and checked the fit. Shiplap backs are nice when they are visible, however the strength of plywood is undeniable.

The plywood back fits into a rabbet in the rear leg.

The side panels feature floating panels. They are glued only at the center to allow some wood movement.

While gluing the side panels, I centered the wood panel for an even reveal on all sides.

I cut 1/4” deep dados into the 1/2” plywood back. These dados will locate the webbing frames between drawers. All of the dado locations are referenced off the top edge for consistency.

Test fitting the back panels. There is a rabbet at the top, and the rest are dados.

With the dry fit looking good, I went ahead and glued up the lower front arch on both dressers. I dry clamped the rear panel in place to keep the carcase square.

Progress was interupted while I made a frame for my wife, but that was a nice distraction…

Next up will be building the webbing supports.

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

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#1 posted 12-28-2012 12:55 PM

Looking great Willie.


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#2 posted 12-28-2012 05:06 PM

Very sweet, Willie!

-- jay,

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#3 posted 12-29-2012 01:48 AM

These are looking really awesome.

-- Kyle

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#4 posted 12-30-2012 03:42 PM

I’m interested to see how you put in your web frames. I notice your sides are not flush to the leg faces on the interior. Now that you’ve glued up the assembly, and there are no dados on the sides? What are you planning? I assume the web frames will be notched around the legs?

By the way- we are in Portland and are planning a move. I want out of the city but my wife works at Providence here. I’ve been trying to sell her on Camus- dreams of 5 acres, a horse for my girls, good schools, a big garden and. Of course a dream shop float around my head- how do you like Camus?

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#5 posted 12-30-2012 07:35 PM

The web frames will be notched around the legs. I am using a dado blade for nice crisp corners on the notches. An alternative to notching is filler strips glued between the web frame and the side rail. Instead of attaching the web frames with traditional sliding dovetails, mine are attached with pocket screws from the underside. All web frames are supported in the back by the dados. In addition, the three web frames that intersect the side rails will have pocket screws on the sides as well. The components of the web frame are assembled with biscuits.

Camas is a great town. It offers excellent schools, lots of small town festivals and events, and the people are friendly. Still close to Portland / Vancouver, Mt. Hood, and the Coast while offering a little more elbow room than most Portland neighborhoods.

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

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