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Arts and Crafts 6 Drawer Dresser #10: Stain, Lacquer, and Fitting Inset Drawers

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 02-01-2013 09:08 PM 3085 reads 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Dovetail Drawers , Spraying Shellac Part 10 of Arts and Crafts 6 Drawer Dresser series Part 11: Waxing Dressers and adding Drawer Pulls »

With a stack of drawers ready to go, I turn my attention to applying the finish to the carcase.

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Oil based stain was applied to the carcases and drawer fronts. I sprayed the carcases, and wiped stain on the drawer fronts.


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Then I sprayed two coats of lacquer, scuff sanding between coats.

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Next I install the Centerline full extension drawer slides. Having web frames is convienent, and I simply set the slides down on the web frames.

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I use a jig to align the slides. The jig is made from scraps of the drawer fronts, and is notched to allow the slide to open. There are a few layers of tape on the jig to set the slide back just a bit. Once the jig is aligned with the front of drawer divider, I know the drawer will fit correctly. The jig works for both sides of the dresser. To screw the slides to the carcase I use the horizontal slots.

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Once the slides are attached to the carcase, I lay two strips of 1/2” plywood down to help align the drawers.

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With the drawer resting on the plywood strips, I drive a screw at the front of the slide. These screws go in the vertical slots.

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I slide the drawer out, and press down on the back of the drawer to register it against the plywood spacers. Then I can drive another screw, again in the vertical slot. This will allow me to adjust the drawer in its opening later.

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I use another little jig to layout the holes to attach the drawer fronts. The jig is nothing more than a scrap with a pair of holes in it. The small drawer fronts are attached with 4 screws, while the large drawers get 6 screws.

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I use 3/32” spacers to hold the drawer in position as it is screwed in. This is one reason to avoid plywood dust covers between drawers, as that limits access to the adjacent drawers. I plan on using a dust cover under the bottom drawer only.

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Drawer front installed.

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Checking the reveal around the drawer front. I can make adjustments to the position of the slide to correct any asymmetry.

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Once the drawer fronts are installed and the reveal looks good, I go back and drive some screws in the non-slotted holes to fix their position permanantly.

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Next I mortise the top of the carcase for some figure 8 fasteners to attach the top. In this shot you can see the blocking that was required to receive the slides. I was careful to attach the blocking to the rear legs only – and not to the floating panel. This way I won’t restrict seasonal movement of the side panel.

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Top attached…

Next up… attaching the bail pulls, waxing the finish, and installing a non-woven dust cover under the bottom drawer.

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



12 comments so far

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GrandpaLen

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#1 posted 02-01-2013 09:49 PM

Willie,

Great Tips on a very Handsome Chest.

Nice Fit and Finish. – Grandpa Len.

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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stefang

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#2 posted 02-01-2013 10:12 PM

Quite a big project Willie, and all extremely well done. The design is very nice.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Tomoose

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#3 posted 02-01-2013 10:28 PM

This is a great series you have put together. I have a dresser project in my future and this series is going to help me with my project a lot. I have never built anything this big or complex, and your blog has shed light on many questions I have had in my mind. I look forward the the rest…

Thanks,
Tom

-- cut it twice and it's still too short...

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#4 posted 02-02-2013 04:32 AM

Really cool build, Willie. Very impressive!

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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DLCW

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#5 posted 02-03-2013 01:57 AM

Beautiful dressers. I love classic A&C furniture.

I think the only thing I would have done different in this beauty would have been to use concealed drawer slides instead of side mount. My preference would have been to make sure no hardware was seen to detract from the beauty of the piece. Just my $.02.

Great job!!!!

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - http://www.dlwoodworks.com - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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pintodeluxe

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#6 posted 02-03-2013 06:50 AM

I could have used Accuride 1029 centermounts, however that would have sacrificed the full extension function. BluMotions require you to lose 1-1/2” of drawer depth, which was unacceptable to me. Plus this is part of a 6 piece bedroom set, and the Blumotion slides would have cost $1,250 (just the slides, not including pulls).

I guess any hardware choice is a compromise. For these dressers I wanted dovetails, and full extension slides, and the Centerlines fit the bill. Besides, the black slides will match the drawer pull hardware.

Thanks

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

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Jero

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#7 posted 02-04-2013 02:52 PM

They look amazing so far. The level or precision is outstanding! After looking at your drawers, I’m realizing further that I need to get a dovetail jig. They really look great.

-- Jeremy - Marshfield, WI

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BBrown626

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#8 posted 03-29-2013 10:56 PM

Looks very nice.
I am curious why you used any slides at all. The piece looks great and with the webs I was expecting you to throw in some wood kickers and keep it all wood. I like the feel of the wood, with maybe a pad on the blade to help it glide a bit.
Great work.

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pintodeluxe

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#9 posted 03-30-2013 12:20 AM

I have built projects in the past with wooden slides. I also own furniture with wood-on-wood drawer boxes, and neither works very well. The expansion and contraction of solid wood invariably creates friction when opening the drawer. I don’t want to wax slides or drawer parts every season. Ball bearing slides open and close smoothly and predictably, and are a pleasure to use. They are reasonably priced and widely available. In the black finish they are not too obtrusive.
I know there are purists among us that love the old fashioned style, but I think if Stickley was making furniture today he would use slides.

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

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BBrown626

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#10 posted 03-30-2013 04:13 AM

I normally make cabinets and very few furniture items. I am not such a purist, but I guess I haven’t found a slide with the feel I like.

thanks for sharing your project.

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#11 posted 04-13-2013 05:01 AM

I look at everything with $$$ signs in my eyes

sad but true

somebody won

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

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hjt

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#12 posted 07-04-2013 03:48 AM

Wow – nice write up and beautiful craftsmanship.

-- Harold

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