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8 Drawer Dresser In Walnut

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Looks great! Smart man putting dust covers between the layers of drawers will save you lots of frustration. My wife's dresser drawers are always getting hung up on stuff falling through.  

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15 hours ago, Ronn W said:

Looking good.  Can I see a close up of your clamp splices??

I'll send them to your email as well so you can zoom in on them and be able to read the rulers. The groove is a hair over 3/8" by 1 1/8". Hole is 5/16" and i just used a 1/4" bolt. Don't need to tighten it much just enough that the nut doesn't fall off. It acts as a pin.

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On 1/6/2019 at 10:43 PM, Chestnut said:

Nice trick i just figured out. I like the white pencil for walnut but keeping it at a fine points has me going through these pencils rather quickly. I learned that if i mark everything out in pencil i can highlight the line with the white pencil and it allows me to see things perfectly. Graphite after all is a good lubricant so i assume it's stopping the white from sticking to the surface.

I discovered this last weekend while marking lines on walnut for Domino locations. The white pencil actually does act as a highlighter. 

Looking great Drew! 

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So I decided to not do hand cut DTs because i did probably 5 trials an the experience was miserable... Maybe some day in the future but not today.

Started out with the cheap cherry i bought a few months ago.

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I didn't notice all the dark stuff on it when i picked it up because it was raining and dark out. The closer i looked at the wood the more it looked like it may have been dried improperly.

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Not sure if it was in a fire of some sort but it made me feel a bit sorry for the fellow selling it. I hope he didn't loose much if it was in a shop fire or something. The wood was stable though no serious internal stress and it was very very well mannered. Maybe this is a good way to dry wood. Start it on fire and then douse it with a house.... yeah not going to try that any time soon.

So i decided to try the skip pin method with my PC dovetail jig. It turned out to be really easy and i like the look a lot better than the standard machine DT look. I'll be using this again.

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Took me maybe 5 evenings to get all the material milled, cut to length, and dovetails machined out. Because the width that works best with the jig is X-1/4" the top drawers being 5" need to be trimmed after the fact. So i haven't test fit them yet.

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Drawer bottoms are my usual 1/2" ply glued in a rabbet cut around the entire bottom. I did this for the last nicer drawers i made and really like the result. They are sturdy and maximize the internal space. For these i set up the dado stack.

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With the dado stack it's a pain to do stopped rabbets so i just blew through the sides and the back beings that they won't really ever be seen unless you pull the drawer out and look for it. There are just a couple square gaps missing on the back 2 corners. With the way the dovetials laid out on the front there is a hole facing forward but that will get covered up with the face skin.

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That left 2 corners that needed to be squared. Us a marking gauge to lay out lines.

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Few wacks with a pig sticker.

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Clean up with my nice 1" wide chisel

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An with about 5 min of work a perfectly square corner.

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Some glue and some clamps and drawer's done.

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I have completed all the drawers and will next be starting on the final parts which is adjusting the drawers installing a center divider and then cutting the face veneer and gluing on. I'm excited and nervous for the face veneer. I think it's going to look awesome but i'm nervous i'm going to mess it up. I only have 1 shot at this....

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4 minutes ago, Chestnut said:

I only have 1 shot at this....

Great work as usual Drew, just remember what Yoda says "there is no try, only do or do not" i'm sure you will do fine, oh yeah, nice work on the drawers, glad you took us along for the ride.

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16 hours ago, Chet said:

I had a woodworker who I respect greatly for his woodworking knowledge once told me that hand cut dovetails or dovetails in general are only precious to the woodworker, no one else even notices.

Yeah but were the only ones who matter :ph34r:

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Don't buy into the 1 shot addach. If you screw the first set up, I'm sure you will come up with something awesome.

Some of my best accomplishments have come from screw ups.

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Yeah, veneer is so thin, if you screw up, slap another layer on. Great job on the drawers Nut! 

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12 hours ago, Brendon_t said:

Don't buy into the 1 shot addach. If you screw the first set up, I'm sure you will come up with something awesome.

Some of my best accomplishments have come from screw ups.

 

12 hours ago, K Cooper said:

Yeah, veneer is so thin, if you screw up, slap another layer on. Great job on the drawers Nut! 

Oh I'll get it done but i don't know that i have enough material to mess up and be able to use all matched pieces of the same stock i'd have to go a different route.

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I'm sure you'll do great.

When I built the Smoking Lamp cabinet, I went through 4 iterations of the doors/drawers together specifically because I ran out of the very curly stock. Tried a bunch of things and ended with perfectly straight Qs walnut out of necessity. It also looks so much better than the original idea.

 

Point being, you got this and IF you screw it up, you'll recover nicely. I've got no doubt.

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It’s not that often that you see a crotch with that figure. At least I don’t anymore. 

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I had enough time to slice 6 1/8" veneees before i got hit by a nasty bug like a freight train. Is the best way to sand shop veneer to attach it to a substrate for drum sanding?

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Do you attach it to the substrate with dbl back tape? I wouldn’t think so but I’ve never done that before. 

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3 hours ago, curlyoak said:

Why not glue it to the substrate that will be the project?  Then drum sand it?

I kicked that around but there are bandsaw marks on both sides and i figured they should be cleaned off before i glue it down. Also i assembled the drawers because i wasn't sure if the dovetails would extend proud of the surface and create issues.

Think i'm just going to joine a piece of wood and double stick tape it to that.

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