The Drawers

At last, we arrive at the whole point of building this chest: the drawers. The drawers are designed with a concealed cove on the drawer front, see Fig. 19. Although this makes the drawer fronts interesting from a design and construction standpoint, it also makes the drawers slightly more complicated to build.

We decided to put all of the details on the construction of these drawers in a separate article on page 13. But basically the drawers are constructed as follows.

sides and back. The first step is to cut the '/ยป"-thick drawer sides (N) and back (M) to width so they're Vh" narrower than the height of the opening between the web frames.

DRAWER FRONTS, The drawer fronts (L) are cut %" wider than the height of the drawer opening to allow for the overlap on the web frames, and for the Vz cove on the bottom edge, see Fig. 19.

JOINERY. To join these drawers, I wanted to use half-blind dovetails. When making several drawers like this, it's easier and certainly faster to use a router and dovetail fixture to cut these joints.

This decision is one of the major reasons why the cabinet has to be designed around the drawers. There are only certain drawer sizes that have the proper spacing for routed dovetails, and so the cabinet had to be designed with this in mind. (This is discussed in more detail on page 13.)

cut the joints. Normally, joining the sides of a drawer using a router fixture is relatively easy. But when the drawer front extends both above and below the drawer sides, it requires some special techniques. Luckily, the overlap of the drawer fronts can be produced by simply cutting the drawer front wider than normal and using a small shim in the dovetail fixture. For more information on this technique, see page 13.

COVE. Onee the comer joinery is complete, a W cove is cut on the bottom inside edge of the drawer front to provide a finger pull for opening the drawers, see Fig, 19. Then a %" chamfer is cut on the top edge to provide enough room for easy access to the finger pull on the next higher drawer. Finally, rout an w chamfer on the bottom edge and both ends of the drawer front, drawer bottom. Next, a groove is cut along the bottom edge of each piece for the drawer bottom (0). Position this groove W from the bottom of the drawer sides, see Fig. 19.

ASSEMBLY, After these grooves are cut, dry-assemble the drawer and take measurements for the Vi plywood bottom. Cut the bottom to size and then glue the drawer together with the bottom in place.

drawer guides. To complete the drawer guide system, cut the drawer runners (Q) to size, see Fig, 20, Then rout a groove down the center of the runner so it's just slightly wider than the width of the drawer guide, and glue the runner to the drawer bottom so it's centered on the width of the drawer, see Fig. 20.

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