Making the Drawers

There are six drawers that fit into the drawer housing. Although the dimensions of the two bottom drawers differ from those of the

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four top drawers, each drawer is constructed identically. An assembly diagram is shown in Figure 13.

  1. Rip 20 linear feet of 1 x 8 pine to 6-1/2 inches in width.
  2. Cut the following pieces from the ripped pine (to construct one of the four upper drawers): two drawer front/back pieces (V), each 11-3/4 inches long, and two drawer sides (W), each 16 inches long.
  3. Cut a 1/4-inch by 1/4-inch dado 3/8 inch from the lower edge on the inside of each drawer piece (V and W) to accommodate the plywood bottom. (For some helpful hints on cutting dadoes, refer to the section on "Tips and Techniques.")
  4. Cut one 11-1/4-inch by 16-1/2-inch drawer bottom piece (X) from 1/4-inch-thick plywood. Assemble the drawer as shown in Figure 13 using glue and finishing nails. The decorative drawer front is added later.
  5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 three more times to build the additional three upper drawers.
  6. Cut the following pieces for one lower drawer from full-width 1x8 pine: two lower drawer front/back pieces (Y), each 11-3/4 inches long, and two lower drawer sides (Z), each 16 inches long.
  7. Cut a 1/4-inch by 1/4-inch dado 3/8 inch from the lower edge on the inside of each drawer piece

(Y and Z) to accommodate the plywood bottom.

  1. Cut one 11-1/4-inch by 16-1/2-inch lower drawer bottom piece (AA) from 1/4-inch-thick plywood. Using glue and 3-penny finishing nails, assemble the drawer as shown in Figure 13.
  2. Repeat steps 6 through 8 to build the additional lower drawer.
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