Recently I finished working on 3 similar jewelry boxes. It's a design
I have done before with a dovetailed box in the middle suspended
between two vertical natural edge slabs. Rails across the top and
bottom of the box are pocket-screwed into the slabs, and the pocket
holes covered with some decorative pieces. The box houses a number of
drawers, which may also have some natural edged drawer fronts, so the
drawers are odd heights. The drawer slides are dadoed into the sides
of the box, only glued at the front to allow for expansion /
After completing all of them, with the caps glued over the pocket
holes and finishing complete it was with much chagrin that I noticed
that the orientation arrow inside the box which ought to be pointing
up was in fact pointing down. Oh well, flip it over, right? Except
the slabs on this one were quite nice at the 'top' ends and not very
nice at all at the 'bottom', with one of them tapering significantly
so that the back rail was only partially flush to it.
However, on only this one out of the three the drawers were
symmetrical. So theoretically I could put the drawers in with it
upside-down. But there was no way that the slides were going to line
up like that. But what is the harm in trying, right?
They fit almost perfectly.
All I had to do was lower two of them on one side by 1/32" or so. And
I was able to just barely fit my LV miniature shoulder plane in
between the slides. So it took all of 2 minutes to fix what would
have been the biggest mistake I've made all year.
If you are anything like me, at this point you would now be wondering
when the other shoe was going to drop, because that just doesn't
happen without something else happening to make up for it. And I
didn't have to wait long.
The next thing to do was to drill the holes in one of the other ones
for the knobs. Take a drawer out, mark the center, drill the hole,
put it back. That's a pretty simple task, eh? One that would really
cause a problem if you screwed it up, eh? Yeah. On the 4th one I
went from marking at whatever dimension minus an 1/8th to plus an
So I got to sand all those drawer fronts down, make wooden pulls and
glue them on, and refinish them. And all is right with the universe
Anyway, here are the three of them:
PS that mini shoulder plane has caused me more pain, it's so darn
small I keep smacking my hand into stuff, so it's about time its size
came in handy. Still I wish they made one just like it the same width
but double the rest. I have the bigger rabbet plane but this one is
much easier to adjust.