- The day before the main glue-up, glue the drawer dividers. The tenons of the runners (the front to back members) get glued into the front rail mortises, but the rear runner tenons stay dry in their mortises.
- Glue the left side dovetails to the bottom pins.
- Glue the right side dovetails to the bottom pins.
- Disassemble the right side dovetails because you forgot to glue the drawer dividers into the left side dadoes first. Rrrrrrr! Curse loudly.
- Glue the drawer dividers into the left side dadoes. Glue only goes where the rails will fit the dadoes - the runners are free to float in the dado.
- Glue the right side dovetails into the bottom right pins and the drawer dividers into the right side dadoes.
- Glue the top rails into the half-blind dovetail sockets at the top of the sides.
- Get some clamps on the whole.
- Check for square and set up a Spanish windlass (the twisted rope) to pull it into square. It was out a little more than 1/16".
- Fit the frame and panel back into the rabbets to help keep the carcase square.
- Get a couple more clamps on to seat the dividers more fully in their dadoes.
|Mind the gap! That's not supposed to be there, but no big deal.|
I wanted the feet to be made from 1" thick poplar, but was afraid that might look too clunky. So I experimented with 3/4" stuff and compared. In the end, I stayed with 1" material.
|The 3/4" thick foot glued up and clamped, the template and the four 1" blanks that will become feet|
|Here's one that I shaped first, then sawed (and planed) the miter second.|
The vise had plenty of grip on the thin end.
|One way of planing the miter|
|A much better way of clamping the piece for planing the miter|
|If I shaped the profile first, there's less for the vise to hold, but it can still work|
The shaping was done first with coping saw, then with chisels/gouges and finally rasps and files.
|The Knew Concepts coping saw works great|
|It's nice to have an incannel gauge for the concave areas|
|Here's how the feet will look, minus glue-blocks|
|Glued the horizontal blocks first, then the vertical block later.|
The vertical block is shaped so it won't easily be seen.
|Feet with glue blocks: foot at left is a back foot with only one screw hole through the foot|
|How the foot will look|