Drawers

1 Cut each of the drawer fronts to size with the grain running from top to bottom. (The fronts are smaller than the drawer openings in the carcass, because when finished they will have a cocked bead around the edge.)

2 Using a rebating plane, make a rebate % x 3/sin (9 x 9mm) on the inside of the two short edges of the drawer front to house the drawer sides. Make a smaller rebate 3A6 x 3/i6in (5 x 5mm) along the lower inside edge of the drawer front where the plywood base will fit.

3 The drawer sides and back are made from plywood because the housing joint method of construction works well in this material. Plywood is readily available in the correct thickness and is not likely to warp even though relatively thin, which can be a problem with solid wood.

Cut a strip of plywood to the correct width and long enough for two drawer sides and a back, with a small allowance for waste. Using a router and 3/i6in (5mm) bit, cut a groove along the lower inside edge where the plywood base will fit. Cut the plywood into the correct lengths for the sides and back and form a small notch in the front lower corner of the two sides. At the back edge of the two sides, use the router to make the housing for the drawer back. Cut out the drawer base and assemble the drawer to check that all the parts fit together snugly: do not glue the drawer at this stage. It will help to ensure that the drawer is square if the plywood base itself is exactly square.

Repeat steps 1-3 for the other two drawers.

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