My wife and I recently moved into a new house which has a narrow, but very deep vertical pantry. The pantry has a few shelves, but does not have any internal drawers, with the depth of the pantry this is a major drawback. I have considered Marc's spreadsheet for buy vs. build and am planning on going with the build option. I will need about 6 drawers, roughly 10" wide and about 24" long. I need to be able to build these quickly (eg one shop day / one weekend) or SWMBO will choose a less desirable option.
I am planning on using 1/2" Birch plywood for the sides, solid birch for the front and back and 1/4" birch plywood for the bottoms. I am planning on using Blume undermount hardware. I was going to pick up one of the Leigh dovetail jigs and do half blind dovetails for the sides into the front (e.g. cover the exposed plywood edge.) I was going to use Birch to match the existing shelves, but I could easily be pushed to another pale wood. Thoughts? Any suggestions on expediting? Experience with the Leigh 4212 or 4216 jig? Should I just use hardwood for the sides as well?
And yes, I would rather cut the dovetails by hand, but my dovetails aren't that good yet and I am far to slow to get these done in a weekend.
If you enjoy using red oak, then I guess that's a plan. Around here, kiln dried red oak costs 2$ a bf and I don't like using it so it wouldn't be worth my time to build, cut, then dry but that'll sure keep you in wood for a while.
What kind of mill you planning on building? If you don't plan to mill often, may want to just consider an Alaskan mill or even buying the green mill harbor freight sells. There are actually some good reviews of it for what it is.
A friend of mine had a guy come in and fell two huge red oak trees on his property. In exchange for helping him clean up the aftermath he gave me all of the wood I wanted!! I now have roughly (8) 8 foot by 30" diameter logs laying in my yard waiting to be milled. I have contacted about 8 sawyers in my area and only one of them answered me and is willing to travel and cut at my location. after he gave me his rates and asked me a couple questions he has become unreachable. (I could go on a rant here about hiring people to do work and how I can never find people/companies willing and able so I usually end up doing it myself but I will hold my tongue) So after watching hours of you-tube videos and a lot of convincing to my wife I have decided to just design and weld-up my own mill and cut the lumber myself.
If anyone is interested I can try to do a build thread on the mill here at WTO or I might do it on the Garage Journal forum.