building my first chest-of-drawers

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Forum topic by swampjack80 posted 02-02-2010 06:33 AM 1242 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-02-2010 06:33 AM

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I’m going to be building my son a chest-of-drawers soon and am designing it myself, basically taking parts here and there from other designs that I have seen and liked. I’ve got the basic idea for what I want to do but I’m not sure how I want to do the drawer guides. I know I want it to be all wood construction with no metal guides or anything like that. Basically I’m down to choosing a mortise\tenon guides with the drawer sliding on top of it, or routing a groove on the side of the drawer and it sliding on a rail. Either way I’m going to need a drawer stop of some kind to prevent the drawers from sliding all the way out and possibly falling on my son. This is my first project with drawers so any advice on which road I should take would be appreciated. If anyone has photos to go along with their suggestions that would be great too. Thanks.

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#1 posted 02-02-2010 06:38 AM

Sorry no photos

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#2 posted 02-02-2010 02:27 PM

Roll, you might want to see if you can find any books on furniture construction at your library, they will give you lots of ideas. I normally cut a groove in the sides and insert rails and runners ( sometimes called a dust cover) that the drawers slide on. This shows one such assembly I prefer inset drawers, though many like liipped drawers. In terms of stops, you can usually screw a scrap to the underside of the dust cover of the drawer above to act as a stop. For the top drawer, you can screw a stop to the underside of the top of the chest.

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#3 posted 02-02-2010 02:44 PM

Hey Roll, No photos here, but I agree with Barry. A a scrap to the underside of the drawer should work fine. Good luck with your project.


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#4 posted 02-02-2010 03:21 PM

barry has the easiest solution… I would go with that if its your first, its simple works great and cheap.

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