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Forum topic by Litrenta posted 11-26-2015 03:55 PM 296 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-26-2015 03:55 PM

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Hey guys, I’m doing my first hall table and I’m a little held up because I’m not sure how I should proceed and figured I should ask for some advice.

The front of this table I would like to put a small drawer, however, I really don’t want to cut up the piece on the front by splitting it into a top rail. I don’t have a decent bandsaw so I feel like if I run the front through the table saw it’s going to throw off the nice grain I want to preserve on the front.

My thoughts were to just layout on the front where I want my drawer to be, drill through it, cut out the bulk of the waste with a jigsaw and then clean up the rest with chisels. I really tried to do my research but it seems like everyone ends up cutting up the front and then rebuilding it once the drawer opening is cut.

I just want to see what peoples opinions are on the matter.



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#1 posted 11-26-2015 04:03 PM

You did not say if the table was glued together. This can affect which method is available for use.

If you can dissemble the table I would drill a very small pilot hole and then use my scroll saw to cut out the drawer opening and the drawer front. A scroll saw blade will produce a very thin kerf. This this method the drawer front has the same grain as the table front.

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#2 posted 11-26-2015 04:13 PM

Sorry, the table isn’t glued together yet, it’s just held together with dowels right now. So I actually have another piece ready to go for the front as it’s not going to be an inset drawer, I will probably edge the drawer front with some walnut strips. Unfortunately I don’t have a scroll saw so I wouldn’t be able to do that method but that’s really great advice for the future if I do something along those lines. Thanks for the feedback.


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