Hutch & Buffet #4: Drawers

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Blog entry by Mark posted 08-13-2015 11:12 PM 882 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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To make the drawers I wanted 2 contrasting woods. The Cherry will darken considerably so I thought Maple would be the answer for the sides. I picked up a piece of 1×6. Planed it to 1/2” and cut it to length.

The plan was to use hand cut, half bind dovetails for the construction. I’ve never done this before ( or any other kind of dovetail) so I did practice on 10/15 pcs of scrap before hand. Now like a complete dumb ass, I never took any pics of the pin cutting process, but it did happen.

I used one long piece of 4/4 Cherry for the drawer fronts. After planing to 3/4”I ripped to the desired depth and carefully cut to length. The result is a continuous grain pattern on the drawer fronts.

After cutting all the pins with my shop built dove tail saw and a selection of chisels, I layed out the tails.

Cut on the waist side of the lines.

And start choppin’

About this time I upgraded the old wood vise for a used Record I found at the swap meet. After a tear down and clean up. A blast of paint and a set of jaws, I’m off to the races.

The 3 drawer fronts with a dado in the bottom to receive the drawer bottom.

I applied the WOP to the fronts first and after a dry fit I proceeded with the glue up.

The finished product.

The drawers were never intended to be a “piston fit”. I’m kinda leery about wood movement. These are basic boxes, riding on waxed drawer slides. At the time of design I was tempted to cut a dado down each side of the drawers and have the drawers rest on hard wood runners, but I wanted the narrow look of the 1/2” stock and I wasn’t sure if the drawer would be strong enough then or would a 1/4” deep dado be enough. But there they are.
I kinda pleased with the way they turned out.

Thanks for lookin’

-- Mark

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#1 posted 08-14-2015 01:06 PM

Looking very good Mark. Some fine dovetails there.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 08-14-2015 01:53 PM

This is a beautiful job on these drawers.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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