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Drawer Construction

There are several different ways to construction a traditional drawer, which most commonly involves cutting hand-dovetail joints; usually single-lap or “half-blind” dovetails where the sides meet the front, with through dovetails at the back – although, I’ve also seen people use a sliding dovetail housing, for the rear joint. While this joints offer strength beyond the sole reliance on the adhesive used, they are time-consuming to cut and, if you’re working to a commission, it’s very difficult – if not impossible – to cut the cost down on a large chest of drawers, for example. Even with a time-saving router jig; unless you buy the very best, you’re going to end up limited to cutting pins and tails of equal width – just as you might find in a mass-produced piece of furniture! 😛

So, I’d like to take a little time to talk about drawer construction and to share with you this method of “efficient” joint design that I’ve recently come up with…

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Curved Cabinet Cock-Ups

On and off for the past week, I’ve been discreetly working away on a small cabinet made from regular English oak and brown oak, with a curved front. That means both the drawer front and door will also have to be curved – not something I’ve done before! While I feel I’ve made very good progress already, I’m once again frustrated with myself for making a couple of basic errors.

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