|Project by treeman||posted 09-20-2009 05:57 PM||5223 views||10 times favorited||14 comments|
I consider myself to be a novice woodworker. I am in the process of improving my skills and like to try new techniques when I build a project.
Some of you may remember my project; the “Workbench of Many Colors”. That turned out to be a great project and I use it practically every day. In completing the workbench, I tried a number of new techniques for the first time including hand cut mortise and tenon joints, hand cut dovetails to attach the apron, and also wedged and draw bored mortise and tenons.
The latest addition to this project was to add two storage units to the space underneath. Each unit has 4 drawers and are basically identical. For the first time on this project I used box joints for the drawers and full inset drawers that would magnify any errors in fitting the drawer fronts. The drawer fronts are book-matched from unit to unit for each row of drawers. The drawers are supported by full extension drawer slides. The bottoms are lined with cork to protect my edge tools from potential damage.
Construction includes a maple plywood box with miter and spline corners, poplar drawer sides, white oak fronts (same as the workbench apron), and sapele for the drawer pulls and trim.
To fit the drawer fronts, I built a shooting board for hand planing the drawer fronts in order to get a perfect fit. This technique allowed me to get a single credit card clearance around all of the drawers (check the pictures).
Finish is three coats of danish oil followed by paste wax.
This was a very satisfying project and will be a great addition to my workbench. I am very happy with the results especially the box joints and the inset drawers.
Thanks for looking and providing the inspiration and knowledge that allowed me to tackle this project.