Beth's built-in, Drawer Contstruction, Home improvement
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Beth’s built-in: constructing the drawers, part three

Almost complete. Only missing the drawer fronts. Note the dowel joinery.

Why does everything take longer than planned? I had hoped to be finished with the drawers at this point. But you know, presently woodworking is still just a hobby; I have a day job, a family to tend to, football to watch (ROLL TIDE!!!) and I am making big progress on the downloadable plans for my coffered ceiling project. So, I guess I should be thankful that I have so much going on right now.

I worked on and off throughout the week finishing the drawer boxes, adding the remaining dowels and fitting the plywood bottom to the third drawer. I also worked on the alignment problem mentioned in my last post. I think I have that fixed.

Yesterday, I went to Woodcraft and bought some more quarter-sawn red oak for the built-in project. They had about 15 boards of various sizes – several with some good flecking in them, but these boards were quite a bit larger than I needed. I ended up selecting one that would yield the least amount of waste, but it had only minimal flecking.

I also bought a new blade for my table saw. I am going to try to sharpen my old one (never done that before) for future use. A sharp blade is such a joy. It cut through the new oak like a hot knife through butter. Cool.

Working on the faces. I have to glue up the quarter-sawn red oak to achieve the size need for the drawer fronts. I have the box beams of my workbench flipped to the glue-up side for this process.

I hope to have the drawer fronts sized and attached by Wednesday. Then it is on to the shelves this weekend.

To see all the posts on this project including design aspects, click here.


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