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  1. #21

    Re: Starting a cabinet and a very messy work bench!

    Thank you buddy! Now comes the hard part (drawers)
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    Re: Starting a cabinet and a very messy work bench!

    Quote Originally Posted by Wisardd1 View Post
    Thank you buddy! Now comes the hard part (drawers)
    I hate drawers.


    It looks great.
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    Re: Starting a cabinet and a very messy work bench!

    Quote Originally Posted by Wisardd1 View Post
    Now comes the hard part (drawers)
    Not my most favorite task either. It took too many tries before I found a procedure that I really like. Started controlling side movement with a dado guide and a pin in the rear top center of the drawer which failed miserably over time. Now I'm using long blocks glued to the runners to make the drawer slide straight.

    In the past I've been too precise with the fronts by not leaving enough space for expansion. While stationed in Japan we bought a stereo/bookshelf with three drawers, a bunch of shelves and three cabinets that attach to vertical wooden racks. It all can be easily disassembled for easy shipping; something military types really consider. When I started making drawers for myself I tried to emulate their precision. Mine now have considerably more slop to make them operate correctly compared to ones that were probably made on a floor in a Taiwanese shop. Don't get it.

    The other thing I've found the hard way is that if you use a dovetail template and during the initial dry fit you find that the sides minutely mismatched with each other, then they need to be matched before milling the drawer bottom dado. Otherwise you'll have problems aligning the dado corners.

    Enough of my babbling.
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  4. #24

    Re: Starting a cabinet and a very messy work bench!

    I will be using this finger joint method again with underneath sliders
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    Re: Starting a cabinet and a very messy work bench!

    Finger joints notched out on front drawer pieces
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    Re: Starting a cabinet and a very messy work bench!

    Not so sure about this supposed locking box joint. It seems to be about 90% end grain glue up. I was looking for a simple joint for the back of drawers. This was not simple to set up, and I am not sure I trust the strength of of it. Feedback?
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    Re: Starting a cabinet and a very messy work bench!

    Quote Originally Posted by Wisardd1 View Post
    I was looking for a simple joint for the back of drawers.
    I've always cut a simple dado 1/2" from the end of the sides. Never had a problem.
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