|The test drawer with oak front|
|Showing how the drawer front will hide the plywood bottom.|
Also note the groove in the side that will slide on runners in the carcase.
|The drawer pulls will be 1/8" thick pieces of maple, mortised into the top edge of the drawer front|
|Another view of the pull|
|Ten of the drawers will also have a divider housed in dadoes in the front and back of the drawer|
|Ploughing the groove with the old screw-arm plough plane|
|Cleaning up the glued-on bottom|
|An MDF shelf and a toolbox to add weight for clamping pressure|
|First test-fit of all drawers in their spaces -|
Note the gap between the bottom drawers and the next drawer up
|The fix was almost invisible|
|Carcase glue-up - note the special cauls that add pressure directly to every other tail|
|Shellac drying - oh, man look at those nice dovetails|
|Drawer fronts with shellac and drying.|
The bottom drawers also got shellac on their undersides because they slide on the case bottom
|And here she is ...|
|And here's the obligatory shot of the drawers progressively opened showing the half-blind dovetails|
Some of you might have noticed that I grooved the bottom drawer sides when I didn't need to ...
|And here it is in its new home|
|As it was ...|
|To as it is now.|
One thing I didn't mention - I made the drawer fronts overwidth by about 1/16" so that I could plane the top edges down to get an even space between all drawers. This turned out to be a great idea, as the spacing was anything but consistent.
This project was a LOT of work. Hopefully the benefits will outweigh the work required. But even if it doesn't, I have one more project under my belt that will lead me in the direction of more complicated pieces.