|Project by Tomas||posted 04-04-2008 05:26 AM||1345 views||4 times favorited||7 comments|
My nightstands were based on the contemporary dresser design in the chest of drawers book by Taunton Press – Bill Hylton. I will never again make something using loose tenon construction – it took too long to preciesly drill the mortises and make the loose floating tenons. I felt it was a very imprecise process and I wish I had a festool domino or chosen a different joinery technique. This result was also based on design mondifications. I used the same depth as the contemporary dresser but when I got to the drawer slides I realized the author used blum slides which are really expensive. Also, I could not see how he got the slides to fit because there was not enough room to attach the slides to the posts – I would have had to attach them to the plywood frames – so I cut dovetailed slots in the posts to support the drawers and then cut wood and pocket-holed them to the front and back to form the drawer runners/support. This created a design flaw because the bottom rail and top rail are inset from the posts but not the two slotted drawer supports. Had I realized this sooner I could have used a stopped dado on the front pieces to inset them from the posts. What I have learned from this is that once I make the decision to modify the plans I need to look at how the modifications will affect the other design elements. I realized I also never want to do loose tenon joinery again.