|Project by John146||posted 03-30-2017 05:26 PM||1095 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
I wanted to learn how to make drawers, but I didn’t want to waste good hardwood doing so. I had quite a bit of construction plywood and BORG culls (sheathing, underlayment etc.; also 2x, 3x, 4x, etc.) laying around, so I used those instead.
I made the case form construction plywood using 2×2s and wide tenons for the joints. I cut the tenons on the table saw, and the mortises with a drill press and finishing up with some chisels. The tenons on the sides and back are pretty wide. I made the tenons using a shop-made tenoning jig – I found plans on http://www.popularwoodworking.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/24-25_AUG07PW_Jig-Journal.pdf
The frame on the front is made from some kind of reclaimed pine. Maybe sugar pine or spruce. The frame was also attached using tenons. I’m really starting to like M&T because I’ve found it more adjustable and forgiving than other forms of joinery (e.g. pocket holes, dowels) – in that if the fit is a bit off lengthwise, you can modify the mortise or tenon and still get a pretty strong joint.
It was quite difficult to make the tenons in the plywood
The drawers themselves were made with culled 1×3 for the front and back (I ran out of the nice sweet smelling pine :( ), and pines for the sides. I used a Hazard Fraught dovetail jig (I prefer the name over “Harbor Freight”), and after much pain and angst, got it to mostly work. The fronts are 3/4 and the sides I planed to 1/2”.
The bottom of the drawers are 1/8 hardboard glued and nailed in place in a rabbet I cut on the bottoms. I made a mistake in the bigger drawer by making the rabbet through the entire length of the face. I didn’t repeat the same mistake in the smaller drawer, where I plunged it on the table just past the outer face.
I also made centering strips, runners, and stop blocks – all out of pine.
Since this was a project made out of scrapwood juist to build my skills for good wood, I didn’t bother applying any stain or finish on it – my wife likes it though.
I got the whole idea from a FWW plan (http://www.finewoodworking.com/membership/pdf/22528/011090090.pdf – you need a subscription). I didn’t make the drop leaf though.
[I’m not sure why the last two images look strange when zoomed in the site]
-- John 14:6