|Forum topic by ppg677||posted 03-14-2016 01:42 PM||666 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
03-14-2016 01:42 PM
I’m making a chest of drawers, and I’m trying to emulate what is attached in the pic. I’ve already made the box-joined case. I’ve only make a couple drawers before and they were small.
Now I’d like to go with flush-fit as shown, but I’m not sure I have the confidence/ability/experience to do a precise “piston fit”.
What’s my approach here? I think I want to just go with wood runners, and I was planning on Dado-ing the sides of the case for runners, with those supported by a mortise-tenoned stretcher in the front (which is exposed) and the back. I’ve read that the runners should not be glued into the dados to allow for movement.
As far as drawers, I don’t think I have the patience to do hand-cut half-blind dovetails. I could do a false front with a box-joined drawer (which would make it easier to get the face flush). Otherwise is there a reasonable (sub-$150) dovetail jig that has the precision I need for this flush-fit drawer? Any other recommendation for the look I’m trying to accomplish besides going with metal hardware?
Finally in terms of clearance above the drawer sides, now I understand that a “piston fit” clearance is super tight. But would something more reasonable like 1/8” clearance work without binding?
Note I plan on these drawers being about 30” wide and 7” high, so they are pretty good sized.