As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am going to build this. The temperature was 50 degrees yesterday, so I fired up the circular saw and cut up all the plywood.
I really had hoped to get my shop all organized before I got started on this thing. But warm weather and ADD prevailed. I really didn’t even finish my drawings, but meh, who needs plans. I am going to start with the carcass.
I started with a blank piece of birch plywood. This is the piece that will be painted white(left side in the picture above). When I built my armoire I had shit for tools. I still do not understand how that thing has survived 3 moves. I am really going to be focused on being precise and fixing my mistakes (if they need fixing). I feel the need to point out that I bought the plywood on clearance at Lowes for 25 bucks a sheet.
This piece will be both the top and the bottom of the drawer carcass. Before I cut it in half I need to router the rabbets on the edges for the sides and the dados for the separators. This is my new router, it’s pretty badass. 2 and 1/2 horsepower bitches. I’d like to put a metal cutting bit in there and go to work on the hood of Cowski’s new car.
I made my guide marks and routered the wood, I used a 3/4 in straight bit, set a 1/4 inch depth on the dados and 3/8 inch depth on the sides.
In my plans I had drawn the back as a 1/4 piece of plywood that would just nail on the back. I decided that this isn’t a piece of O’Sullivan furniture and the back should fit in a routered groove so you don’t see it. I knew there was going to be some aspect of doing this that would mess me up, since I didn’t go back and change the plans. I cut the top and bottom to a width of 17 1/4 as opposed to the 17 inches that had originally planned.
Too bad they are hanging on the wall and not in the saw.
I stopped at this point and changed blades. Which took forever because I had never done it on my new saw. Not a big deal here as these pieces are going to be filled and painted. This is a picture of the rabbet I made for the back. I made the depth of the rabbet 1/4 inch.
And here is the issue that I knew would surface once I put it together. You can see that if I were to put a back on this, there would be small gap at the top and the bottom, and you would be able to see the backing from the sides. To fix it, I set the depth of the 1/4 inch rabbet to 3/8, that fixed the 1/16 inch gap. Then I am going to extend the sides to 17 1/4 and then add a rabbet that stops short of the edge so that the back is not visible. I really didn’t waste any wood, I just cut down the side pieces to be the center to pieces and I’ll make new sides tomorrow.
I laid it all out. And marked my pieces.
Then dry fit it. Everything is perfect, so far. The side pieces need to be exactly 6 inches high and 17 1/4 long. You can see from the picture how perfectly the dividers fit in the dados. I am very happy so far.