a drawer can just be a drawer sometimes

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Project by patron posted 07-04-2010 08:42 PM 2698 views 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i just completed this replacement drawer for a lady ,
i was surprised at how simple it was put together ,
i thought maybe rabbets at least .
aside from a 3 edge rabbet on the face ,
it was butt joints and glue and brads ,
with a dado for the bottom ,
so i milled some pine for the front ,
and some aspen T&G for the sides and back ,
a saw kerf for the bottom ,
the bottom is 1/8” pine doorskin ,
i just happened to have laying around ,
i did have to rebuild the original ,
it was loose ,
so i re-glued and clamped it .
should be good for another 30 years (LOL) !

nothing fancy here ,
but sometimes things can just be simple too ,
i don’t even have to stain it ,
she will take care of that .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#1 posted 07-04-2010 08:53 PM

Simple is beautiful and functional.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#2 posted 07-04-2010 08:55 PM

David, you forgot the gingham on the inside. Classic KISS. Have a great weekend, Rand

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#3 posted 07-04-2010 08:58 PM

im not sure if this one will make the hot list or not david…what else can a drawer do… can hold someones treasures…or there forks and spoons…....ya just never know…..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 07-04-2010 09:00 PM

So true David. I spent about 8 years in the furniture business and though there were huge differences in the way they were built. Better quality was traditional construction with dovetails, center guides and dust panels between drawers while the less expensive stuff used mostly rabbets and some other better variations. The thing was that the less expensive stuff held together a lot better than the prices indicated. So here’s one to the humble but often more than adequate rabbet. Skål!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 07-04-2010 09:09 PM

simple can be beautiful too!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 07-04-2010 09:29 PM

Nice Job, David… I was just looking at the three drawers in my kitchen and they’re made exactly like that, circa 1920… Still going strong!! Simple Works!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#7 posted 07-04-2010 09:55 PM

Dovetails are part of my drawer making but that does not mean that all drawers have to have them… nice job copying the simple construction…some times the simple things in life are the best..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#8 posted 07-04-2010 10:16 PM

Simple is good too. Looks like it was a very satisfying job, David.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 07-04-2010 10:57 PM

you almost sound surprized David
was it so hard to think simpel …..LOL
anyway it came out goodlooking and well done
so a big A+ to you :—))
thanks for the reminder David
that also simpel things have there place in life


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#10 posted 07-04-2010 11:30 PM

simple can be good – and functional is always best. :)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#11 posted 07-05-2010 04:51 AM

If you sign the drawer It I should be worth about $1200. top drawer work.

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 07-05-2010 06:09 AM

Simple is the best when your getting paid for the job.

Nice work!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#13 posted 07-05-2010 06:23 AM

Great job as always David. Simple is the shortest route between the beginning and the end.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#14 posted 07-05-2010 06:29 AM

thanks everyone ,
just thought that sometimes we can over think ,
or over do a simple idea ,
i usually just rabbet most of my drawers and case work ,
so i have a positive stop , and i can move on quickly ,
for furniture or higher end work ,
i will take the time to go the extra mile ,
but i usually don’t get paid enough to warrant that ,
so simple is good !

Jim , i’ll trade you this signed drawer for a router if you like ,
so long as you sign the router too (LOL) !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#15 posted 07-05-2010 07:10 AM

David you do make it look so easy but then you are the master craftsman. The drawer is perfect.

Thanks for sharing David.

-- When you know better you do better.

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