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Posted on Need help designing workbench drawer cabinet from hardwood

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#1 posted 12-29-2012 01:02 AM

I understand your concern about the miters and trying to get the box square.

The last thing I did mitered was these

The geometry was quite a bit different but maybe you can takes something away from what I did that worked. The stock here was only 1/2” thick so I couldn’t do a locking miter. The first guard I did I used small glue blocks at each corner. What a pain! I had a helluva time getting it aligned and square.

The second guard I actually used the panel to align things. Since the panel was cut square it forced the alignment for me. I used a simple strap clamp with four corner blocks (HF has these) and nothing but glue in the miters. Came out perfect. A couple of these might help a lot.

I did say there are ways to use solid wood to achieve your goals. If you look at old furniture, you will see some of these. In most cases, though, it involves additional frames and uses some of the volume you could be using for drawers. For instance, a mortise and tenon frame between each drawer, dadoed into the sides will help control warping and cupping of the sides.

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