This week, I took the plunge and signed up for Fine Woodworking’s web resources. As far as I can tell, I have access to many of the articles from FWW’s archives.
I did this so that I could download an article titled, “Fine Drawers without Dovetails.” I hope to someday take great pride in hand cut dovetail joints for drawers and case pieces. But, I have a lot on my plate right now and I need to make some attractive drawers pretty quickly. I had seen this interesting article which shows a nice drawer utilizing dowels for joinery which I like.
In the past, I have used biscuits – I can’t see how such a joint could fail, but the glue-up process is about as messy as it gets. This joint is difficult to clean up afterwards and in most cases, I end up painting the interior parts of the drawer.
So, I will be trying the method described by Hendrik Varju, author of the FWW article. He says that as far as his clients are concerned, these dowel strengthened joints are just fine with them. Here is how the process went for me…
Tune into my next post to see the completed drawers. Once that is done, all I have left to do is to make the shelves and the construction part of this project will be complete. Of course, I have to stain and finish it, and then, I have to open up the wall, add framing and install the built-in. Still a lot to do.