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jdh122

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05-15-2011 02:13 PM

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I’m starting to build a 3-drawer dresser out of ash (I’ve finished gluing up the two side panels), and I have a question about assembling the carcase.
I’m not really following plans, but I’m basing it on an article in Fine Woodworking. You can see a picture at:
http://store.finewoodworking.com/building-furniture-017008.html (the large picture on the cover). I don’t know if the picture is large enough to see, but the two side panels are joined together by 4 stretchers, with half-blind dovetails on the top and sliding dovetails on the bottom. My question is about the pieces that run between the stretchers along the top (they run parallel to the side panels). How are these attached? Mortise and tenon into the two rails? rabbeted into the panels? both? Glue and brads (I hope not)? The article is about attaching the drawers with runners and doesn’t describe carcase assembly.
Thanks for any help or advice on this.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests


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Sawkerf

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#1 posted 05-15-2011 03:01 PM

Unless the drawers will hold an anvil collection, just screw them to the sides of your cabinet.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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#2 posted 05-15-2011 03:08 PM

Sawkerf, thanks for your response. Are you referring to the slides for the drawers? I had planned to screw them, but I’m referring to the boards that form the frame that the top gets attached to, and given that they should be about 1X2.5 I’m not sure I’d want to screw them (but maybe I’m wrong).

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#3 posted 05-15-2011 03:50 PM

I guess there are a few options there. M&T would be the best traditional solution, I guess. It also looks like an appropriate situation for pocket screws.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 05-15-2011 03:50 PM

Oops, I thought you were asking about the drawer parts.

I make 3/4” x 3/8” rabbets (on the top) and 3/4” x 3/8” dados for the “stretchers”. The dados go where ever you decide to put the bottom stretcher. I also make a 1/4” x 3/8” rabbet down the back of the dresser sides for a 1/4” back. The stretchers are sized to allow the back to fit inside the 1/4” rabbets.

I assemble the carcass (stretchers and sides) using glue and clamps with a few brads “blind nailed” to help hold things together while the glue dries. It’s also handy to tack some temporary triangular gussets to the back corners to hold the carcass square while the drawers are being fit up. Being able to work from the back during drawer fitup and finishing makes it MUCH easier to do.

The top stretcher gets counterbored for “figure eights” that are used to attache the top.

The back is the last piece to be installed after finishing. I lay the carcass face down, remove the temporary gussets, and either staple or screw the back in place.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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