My Great Motivator

Greed, love, fear, are recognized as great motivating factors in one’s life.  But for me, lack of space is right up there with the most powerful of them.

Anyone who’s been following my shenanigans for any length of time will, very likely, remember that I have been stumbling over an unfinished chest of drawers for several years.  That’s right, this thing started out as an experiment in band sawing ogee bracket feet a couple of years ago.  So now, desperately needing the space, this project has been elevated to “Priority No. 1”.

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With the exception of the feet, everything has been accomplished using hand tools.  The methods are classic case construction, rails being dovetailed into the case sides and drawer bearers mortised and tenoned into the rails (left loose).

At this point, the plan is for flush, cross-banded, beaded drawers.  I’m toying with the notion of using drawer slips, which would allow for thinner drawer sides.  The downside of slips is that they interrupt the side/bottom intersection.  Some furniture makers opt to stop chamfer the top inside edges of the drawer sides to create a little lighter appearance.  But that decision doesn’t have to be made for a few more days. I’m old, things happen slowly, no matter what the motivating factor is.

 

 

 

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3 Comments on “My Great Motivator”


  1. Having repaired a number of old drawers with ½” thick sides worn all the way to the drawer bottom, I’m wholly in favor of drawer slips. Will there be people like us around in another 150 years to repair them?

    • D.B. Laney Says:

      Michael, your last question begs a response. I question is there’ll be anyone left in fifty years. I was engaged in architectural restoration for a good many years. People love old homes. But most of them have no idea what goes into their building and care. The first observation, upon seeing my estimate, was (invariably) that my prices were shockingly high. Of course this followed by the observation that it was so terribly difficult to find someone who was qualified to do the work properly. Hmm… Something of a conundrum, wouldn’t you say? The market seems to me to be rather like a boa constrictor chasing it’s tail and ultimately consuming itself.

  2. Sylvain Says:

    Brushing hot melted paraffin on the drawer bearer and on the underside of the drawer sides will greatly reduce the wear rate.
    During the first movements you will get some paraffin dust while eliminating brushing irregularities. Dust you will have to vacuum.
    Then the drawer will glide easily .


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