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New Tool Cabinet: Building the Drawers, Part 2

Just a quick update on the tool cabinet. I have now completed three drawers and am working on the fourth. The process is pretty much the same as in my last post. An issue I was facing which I wanted to correct for the remaining drawers was wood splitting when driving dowels into the drawer fronts and backs. See the photo below from my last blog post… The fix for this has been to add the suggestions of both Greg Merritt and Pem at Clover Moon Designs who offered ideas in the comments. I changed dowels from 1/4″ cherry to 1/4″ fluted pine. I was using cherry to provide some contrasting color when looking at the drawer sides. The fluted pine dowels allow excess glue to escape the hole resulting in less pressure and force. The drawer fronts and backs are pine and pine can easily split. I added a couple of extra steps: sanding the dowels a little to reduce the amount of force needed to drive them home (as is, the new dowels …

New Tool Cabinet: Building the Drawers, Part 1

I read The Anarchist Tool Chest by Chris Schwarz and liked it. I finished his landmark book more than a year ago and after taking it all in, I decided to focus on developing a set of quality joinery techniques which I would then continue to use and perfect. I bought a fence to help me easily make mortises with my router (the mortise = the difficult step in making a mortise and tenon joint). Of course, Mr. Schwarz would cut a mortise by hand, but I think adopting mortise and tenon joinery vs. pocket screws would make him happy; even if I use a router. And, after using pocket screws extensively on this project, I am not inclined to use them this extensively ever again. For drawers, my preference, at least for now, is making the corner joinery using dowels. I am certain there are woodworkers who would tell me that creating dovetails for drawers is just as fast and easy. I’ll bet they would be right given enough time to get good at …

New Tool Cabinet: Interior Framing is Complete

WITH MY YARD basically set for the season, it’s time to return to woodworking. Funny thing is that my timing for getting back into my workshop coincides with some muggy days here in Alabama. The heat isn’t really that bad, it is just that we are getting our first taste of the heat and humidity. Proof of this is the fact that I had the first drop of sweat fall on my table saw on Saturday. Time to get the box fan out and blow sawdust into some strange parts of my shop. I left off last time with the lower interior of my new tool cabinet mostly complete. The top section is next on the schedule and construction is much the same as the lower section: biscuit joinery for the web frames and then screws to fasten everything in place. Let’s get started… My first task for the top section innards is make three web frames. Biscuits are used as seen in this photo. I used a lot of clamps. Occasionally, I can have …