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Coming Unstuck

A couple of weeks back, I forewarned you of the dangers of leaving your workshop contents ‘un-prepared‘ for fluctuations in the British weather during the winter (see here). While cast iron can be cleaned of rust and protected again with relative ease, I also showed you an image of the drawers below my workbench; two of which had found themselves in a partially-open state and were refusing to budge. Yesterday, I decided to do something about this…

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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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