Drawers

The construction method for all four drawers is the same, but the top drawer has slightly less depth. The drawers are plywood boxes with a false front made from pine. All the corner joints are through dovetails (see page 18), but any of the methods described in Chapter 4 would be acceptable. The drawers^are side hung (see page 15) and because they are quite wide, have a central supporting bar, called a muntin, under the base.

FIG 12.10

Plinth template.

Sides

FIG 12.11

Smooth the decorative curves after they have been sawn to shape.

FIG 12.11

Smooth the decorative curves after they have been sawn to shape.

FIG 12.12

Plans for drawers with dimensions.

1 For each drawer, cut a length of plywood to the correct width and lengths to make a front, two sides and a back. While the two sides are in one piece, cut the rebate for the drawer runners with a router, and then separate to make the two sides. On these sides, mark and cut the dovetails, and on the front and back, mark and cut the pins. Assemble all four sides without gluing and make any necessary adjustments to the joints. Cut the large dovetails on the ends of the muntin and, with the four sides still assembled, mark the position of the large dovetail housing on the bottom edge of the front and back using the tails as a template. Cut out these housings using tenon and coping saws. Glue up the sides and muntin and, when dry, clean up with a plane.

2 Cut the long and short strips to support the base of the drawer from square-sectioned pine. Glue and pin these strips around the inside bottom edge of the drawer. Cut out the base and glue and pin it into place on these strips. Fit all the drawers into the carcass and adjust the runners if they do not run smoothly. An

Large drawer

Small drawer

Large drawer

Small drawer

Large drawer a

55/sin (143mm)

Small drawer a

415/iein (126mm)

Small drawer

3/i6in (4mm) plywood

plywood

1/4in

FIG 12.13

Sections through drawer fronts with dimensions.

Small drawer

Section WW (see Fig 12.12)

3/i6in (4mm) plywood

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

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