|Testing fit of back boards|
|Back nailed on|
|Back boards as seen from the front|
I spent a day or two milling the stock for the drawers. Scrap pine is used for the 11/16" thick fronts and poplar for the 1/2" thick sides and back - not sure yet what I'll use for the bottoms. I was going to buy some 1/2" pine for the sides, but it turned out that 3/4" poplar was cheaper than the 1/2" pine. So I had some planing to do to get the 3/4" poplar down to 1/2" and this was done in two stages to let the wood do its tricks before final sizing. On the first day the boards were planed to just under 9/16" and the next day re-flattened and planed to final thickness of 1/2".
I'm trying to use the drawer building techniques from "The Woodworker - The Charles Hayward Years". So the slightly oversized drawer front first got the bottom edge square to the front face and the left side square to the bottom edge.
|Bottom edge square to face, left edge square to bottom edge|
|Tiny, tiny gap at upper left|
|Bottom edge just barely fitting in recess|
|Now that's a good tight fit|
|Right side of drawer markings|
|Slight gap at front so that the left side could slide under the runner|
|Left side in place|
With the sides and back fitted (the back was fitted like the front - even though it will have less width eventually), it was on to the half-blind DTs. I set the baseline on the tail boards to about 9/16" - that will give the 1/8" lip on the 11/16" thick front.
|Front DTs laid out|
Then the tail board was used to mark the pin board.
|Marking the half-blind DT on the drawer front|
|Sawing to the lines|
|Paring some waste|
|Paring the last of the waste|
|I'll take that any day|
For the dovetails at the back, I needed to do a bit of thinking. The drawer back eventually will not be full width - its bottom edge will be flush with the top of the groove so the drawer bottom can slide under it and into the grooves in the sides and front.
|Layout of the back end of the sides (ignore the right-most line)|
|Joint at the back - the drawer side has the groove marked with an "x"|
|Drawer assembled without bottom|
Until next time ...