|Project by SPalm||posted 12-11-2011 07:47 PM||3446 views||20 times favorited||39 comments|
I have been thinking about building this box for a long time. I finally tried it. It turned out to be a bit more of a challenge than I had thought it would be (what doesn’t). I had shrunken my original design by 80% so it would fit my available lumber, and this ended up with a much thinner back than planned. I had purchased some nice Brusso hinges, but now they wouldn’t fit – so I adapted and went with wooden ones.
The basic carcass is held together with five dowels. Two are used as hinge pins for the drawers, and the other three are hidden inside the back. I made the back plate out of separate pieces to keep the assembly easier – dowels are so unforgiving. The drawers press against this back plate which allowed me to slightly sand the back of the drawers until they closed with just the front gap that I wanted. I used brass washers to separate the drawers. It all worked out quite nicely in the end.
The cherry all comes from one board. I added walnut feet and handles. The hinges are maple. It has several coats of Tung oil finish. When closed it is about 8.5 inches wide, 4.5 inches deep, and 4.5 inches tall.
I may try it again, so any comments are most welcome. Is the walnut too much? The drawers really do need a finger grab – the top not so much. Maybe I should line the trays with something.
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