LOL. Yeah, that was subtle, but he definately had a "goddammit"
moment shortly after shooting in all those nails.
FWIW, in my opinion using nails like that is the sign of a
hack. And using epoxy for anything that's not going to be
exposed to water is the sign of a hack (someone who can't
cut a tight joint). Given that, I'm not surprised he didn't
check his drawer for squareness.
I'm also kind of surprised that guy has all his fingers.
On Friday, July 24, 2015 at 8:53:55 PM UTC-4, Lew Hodgett wrote:
Oh, I agree with all that, but did you notice the scrap piece of wood under
the far left side of the drawer? That whole corner is completely misaligne
d. He even put his hand right on top of it when he was shooting the nails.
How did he not notice that or am I looking at something at don't understand
Pause the video at 10:34 and look at the far left corner and near right cor
A ignorant idiot, leading other ignorant idiots on the interwebz.
There is so much fail in his entire process and methodology it's hard to
know where to start.
Best thing someone can do is forget they saw it. won't be long before
those drawers all replaced by someone who actually understands how to
build drawers that not only work, but last.
And, as John McCoy rightly says, it is surprising he has all his fingers.
I could recommend a few changes in procedures.
In stead of a backer board to push the pieces receiving the rabbits into
the stacked dado blades, use a miter gauge mounted with a fence that is
adjusted flush up against the rip fence. This keeps the piece square to
the rip fence when cutting the rabbits.
Rabbit the side pieces, not the front and backs of the drawers. This helps
hide the joint when the drawer is open.
He should have used clamps to insure that the joints were closed.
Oh and those groves he cut with the grain to receive the drawer bottom are
groves, not dado's.
Gel contact cement, that's pretty cool. I did not know that existed.
These are my suggestions, in 2011 I built 100 drawers +\- a drawer or two.
On Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 11:38:28 AM UTC-4, Leon wrote:
You are correct, sir. The text overlay states that he was mixing 5 minute epoxy.
Maybe that's why he screwed up the corner. Maybe he said to himself "The epoxy is drying. I don't have time to move the scrap and align the corner. I'll fix it later." ;-)
That's what he gets for using cheap epoxy, he should have used
Apropos of Leon's comment, it is possible to over clamp epoxy
(not that that seems to have been an issue for the video guy).
While you really can't glue-starve a joint by overclamping
when using PVA glues, it can happen with epoxy.
I was being sarcastic about the West System...
With one end of the back 1/2" above the other (because it was
sitting on the spacer) there's no way the joints would ever
close properly, clamps or no. What he should have done is
measure the diagonals for square - then he'd have seen he had
Given he nailed the thing together, and used epoxy glue (which
will fill gaps) he actually didn't need clamps. It's still a
hack way to put it together.
You know, it certainly does not hurt to check for square, building drawers,
but for grins I was looking back at pieces that I have built in the last 5
years. There were over 150 drawers. I don't remember putting a square on
any or checking for square. I will add that typically I build a minimum of
4 at a time and once in excess of 30.
This guy in the video has so many bad habits that he was sure to screw up.
If you make square cuts and use joints that self square, things naturally
square them selves. Now I will add that my drawer bottoms are always
plywood, for dimensional stability, and captured by all four sides of the
drawer, except for the 30+ group I mentioned above. The drawer bottoms
typically have less than 1/32" spacing left/right and front/back between
the drawer sides. Basically the drawer bottom insures the drawer to be
square, and or square enough to prevent any noticeable problems.
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