Every drawer is it’s own project

I’m not going to say anything about hand cut dovetails. (There are plenty of places in the cloud that you can fiddle with this balony, ad nauseum.  Most of you know my position on this anyway.  It’s a helluva strong  joint, end of story.)  I’m not going to say anything about the fact that the addition of drawers to any project adds to the to the required work, exponentially.  All I am going to do is present my reasoning for my approach on the drawers for the lowboy I’m building.

I want them to be a little, tiny bit tapered.  So, I’ve left the sides just a little proud at the drawer face and left the pins a little proud at the rear.  After the drawers are glued up and finish planing is complete, there should be about a 16th to a 32nd  taper.  Ultimately, a rebate (rabbet) will be cut around the perimeter of the drawer front and a cockbead will be glued in place.  The drawer bottom will be constructed from solid wood, with the grain running from side to side to minimize expansion.  There’ll be no requirement to “hammer” drawers into or out of position (at least that’s the plan).

In anticipation of someone observing the burn marks on the drawer fronts and saying “what kind of handsaw did you use for that?  Was your bench hook askew?”.  Remember when the Great Oz told the pilgrims from Kansas to “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain”?.  Verily, I say the same to you.  And I must admit that the temptation of electricity is, sometimes, just to difficult to deny.  Shame, shame…

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One Comment on “Every drawer is it’s own project”

  1. Kevin Wilkinson Says:

    No shame.


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