|Project by Blake||posted 12-17-2009 09:26 AM||13601 views||23 times favorited||36 comments|
I built this chest of drawers for under the workbench I completed a couple of weeks ago:
As I was building it I realized that the drawer faces were going to be flush with the front of the bench. This meant that I could not use drawer pulls or knobs that protruded outward. I didn’t want to make “cut-out” pulls because I wanted to keep moisture out of the drawers.
So the solution I came up with were to cut these dovetail-shaped pulls into the sides of the drawer faces. I think it came out pretty cool. They are not added to the sides of the faces but cut out of them (drawer front+pulls=one solid piece).
I cut the general dovetail shape on the bandsaw and then hand-shaped them on my new bench with chisels. I shaped them to look like they are slanting forward.
The carcass and drawers are 1/2” birch plywood shot together with a brad nailer and a little glue. I had most of the pieces cut to size at the lumber yard like usual. This way when I get to the shop all I have to do is assemble. It also limits the formaldehyde sawdust I have to breath. The drawers got full-extension slides:
I finished it by rubbing on the same Danish Oil that I used for the bench to match. I also lined the drawers with sheets of Cork. Then came the fun part: filling up the drawers with all of my favorite hand tools.
Drawer 1: Marking and measuring tools.
Drawer 2: Chisels. There is a cork-covered magnetic strip (the kind you hang kitchen knives from) under the blades to keep them in place. I think I will probably also add some dividers of some kind later. Starting from the left: my 4 best Japanese chisels, 3 cheap Japanese gouges, 3 construction chisels, & misc. specialty chisels.
Drawer 3: Block planes, specialty planes, spoke-shaves, cabinet scrapers, Japanese crank-neck dovetail chisels
Drawer 4: Jointer planes, jack planes, dado plane, etc.
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