Sewing Center #5

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Blog entry by robbi posted 03-02-2009 05:47 AM 815 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well…no pictures this time. Althought I made a little progress, it doesn’t really show. I put all the drawers together this weekend (6) of them. I actually thought I was pretty clever because I was careful not to cut anything to size until I started the assembly, but apparently I’m not as clever as I thought. I have made a few mistakes in this project that really frustrate me. Since I am directing this to beginners I guess I should just fess up and tell you all the mistakes I have made, it will possibly help someone else not do the same or make me look really stupid….hopefuly the former.

The first major boo boo was when I was cutting the dadoes in one of the sides for a shelf and cut it too deep. I think I may have mentioned this in one of my other blogs. To fix this I cut a strip of wood the width of the dado 1/4” thick and glued it in. When it is all done you will never see it, but it still pissed me off.

The next one was a big one. I had put all the rails inside the cabinet for the drawers (it calls for wooden rails and you cut dados in the sides of the drawers which slide over them) After I put them in I was playing around with the drawer fronts and noticed the rails were to long and the drawers were not going to close all the way. So I VERY carefully marked each one, got out my dremel and cut off about 1/2” off each one. Guess what….I hadn’t cut the 1/2” rabbits on my drawer fronts yet and they were that long because they were supposed to stop the drawer once the sides were attached to the drawer face. I fixed this by gluing pieces of wood in the back of the drawer so when you close it, that wood stops it. You can’t see it but I know it and that pissed me off too.

When I glued the sides to the top and bottom of the two pedastals I tried really hard to get everything square. I went so far as to make a couple of jigs to help me, but when I went to install the drawers, I realized I was not square…I didn’t do anything to fix that, but I am worried about the top, if it will be noticable when I get to that.

This weekend I tried to be really careful with the drawers, I dry fit all the pieces as I went, they all slid nicely and looked good. I had to do a little sanding or scraping here and there because I wanted the drawers to be nice and smooth, not tight and not loose. I thought I had it, I thought I was so good, I was so happy. I glued them all up last night and figured today was going to be so productive, throw the backs on the drawers and on to the next thing…..well…...the one item I did NOT dry fit properly was putting the drawers in with the sides, front and bottom all together. Because my pedastals are not perfectly square, the get hung up towards the back of the drawer….I spent ALL day playing around with those things. I sanded, scraped, scraped and scraped. Oh, did I mention I sanded???? I also put some “drawer slide” on them which helped but one of them is still hanging up a little. And of course these STUPID drawers are made with 1/2” plywood on the sides so I sanded thru the veneer…but you know what…..I don’t even care. I was so mad by the time I was done I am really thinking I might just throw this damn thing out the window. Not really….I won’t, my fall back is always…ah, if I hate it, I’ll give it to one of my kids…they love to take my junk.

The last and certainly not final (I haven’t finished it yet…more mistakes to come…) mistake happened when I cut everything out. I didn’t pay very much attention to the grain on the fronts of the drawers. They are not consistant and don’t match each other very well and that is such a beginners mistake!!

So…aren’t you happy you read this really positive, gung ho blog? I certainly feel better! Okay, so off to another week of work and looking forward (NOT) to getting back to this next weekend.

-- Robin, California

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#1 posted 03-03-2009 12:42 AM

As Bob Ross, the painter, used to say- we don’t make mistakes, we have happy accidents!

In any case, you are coming along nicely and haven’t done anything the rest of us haven’t, too. I feel your pain on some of your experiences. Just sanded through the veneer on some cheap china plywood, also. You would think they would make that stuff at least as thick as paper :^p.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 03-03-2009 01:10 AM

Do not get discouraged. You are going through a learning process. Just remember, when you are making anything square you have to measure from one corner to the opposite corner, and then again from the other corner to the other opposite corner. The two measurements should be the same. If not, it is not square. Also, when you are making a cut that you have never done before, just be careful. Always use pushsticks.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#3 posted 03-03-2009 04:55 PM

Thanks for the encouragement and advise…..I’ll keep plugging away

-- Robin, California

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