|Crater Lake from south rim|
|Wizard Island in Crater Lake is a cinder cone that has its own small crater on top|
With the drawer dry-assembled, I needed to level the bottom edges. I wanted to do this before grooving the front and sides - I was worried that the grooves would not align if I grooved the components before I leveled the bottom edges.
|Leveling the bottom edges|
|A little closer|
Eventually it closed all the way, although with a smaller gap on the right side than the left.
|Ahhh, that's nice!|
|Grooving the left side|
|Yikes! That's a tight fit!|
They come in handy sometimes, but I need a better solution for this type of grooving. A sticking board might do the trick - it's on my list to make. Anybody have other suggestions? I've tried Sellers method of clamping the board in a bar clamp and clamping the clamp in the vise, but I don't really like that for this application.
Anyway, the grooves came out nicely aligned.
And I cut the back to size - bottom edge goes to the top of the groove and the top edge is a little shorter than the sides. I also angled the last 3/4" of the top edge of the sides (as in "The Woodworker") for ease of inserting the drawer into the carcase.
|Back cut to final size and back of top edge of sides angled|
Finally, I made a bottom panel from 1x12x3/4" pine, planing it to 3/8" thick. The grooves that it fits in are 1/4", so I needed to raise the panel a bit. This was done with a no. 4 smoother.
|Bottom face of bottom panel - can you see that it is raised?|
The top of the bottom panel looked nicer - no ugly pitch pocket. The slot is for a screw that holds it to the drawer back.
|Top of bottom panel|
And here is the bottom fixed to the drawer. The fit was really great.
|Bottom panel in place|
When I tried it in the opening, something wasn't right. The screw was scraping on the bottom of the cabinet!
|First test fit with bottom installed|
I relieved the back of the panel to raise the screw off the cabinet bottom. A rabbet took care of it, but I probably should have just made a shallow relief around the screw slot. Oh well, this works.
|Rabbet at back of the bottom of the bottom panel|
Now it's time to build two more drawers. And I still have to purchase or otherwise make three drawer pulls.