On Sat, 09 Apr 2005 01:59:31 -0500, Australopithecus scobis
Get an azebiki - very useful saw. Mine lives in the "building work"
toolbag, because it's handy for house repair stuff. I suppose I ought
to have a "good" one too.
A dozuki would probably work here, if you have one with a bellied
tip, although it's slower than you realise. Japanese saws have finer
pitch near the handle, so the tip is probably just a single coarse
tooth that's usable. I've done this for thing grooving, but it's
amazingly slow. OTOH, you can find dozuki with thinners blade than
I'd expect this not to work as simply as you expect. Unless the cuts
are also perfectly straight and smooth, you'll need clean-up space and
that too will increase the kerf. I'd do it by accepting that it won't
work and instead taking the apron into halves or quarters, centred on
the drawer. I can then close the drawer surround up as needed, so that
the drawer is a perfect fit, no matter how much I had to remove.
I'd rip it in half on the bandsaw, stopping at the drawer ends. Then
rip the drawer separate with the azebiki. Finally crosscut down at
each end with a fretsaw to free the three pieces. Maybe a thin dozuki
for the second pair of crosscuts, once I'd removed the first half.
if you don't lose too much in the kerf, and you joint it back together
carefully, then the joints in the front won't be obvious.