No metal slides this time ;)
Fitting the drawer fronts was exactly as much fun as you would think.
Next time I have two columns of drawers there WILL be a stile between
them. The construction is a plywood box with everything attached to
that, the top with screws in elongated holes. There's a slot on the
inside face of the front legs into which the thin face frame of the
The top was made with this jig (posted before):
Very nice. I especially like the way the 3 woods work together.
Norm played the rerun of his bentwood hatrack last week. I was thinking,
"This ain't so bad. Maybe I'll try one." And then he attacked some lathe
turned round pegs with a belt sander, "to give them the hand cut look", he
explained. This was after hand splitting and riving the stock from a green
log. It's clear that the man doesn't have a clue.
I like how that turned out. When the design itself has strong
elements I try to keep the wood simple. It's nice doing something
fancy that isn't all exotic and figured woods all over the place
Well Norm makes me scratch my head from time to time, but he's got
skills. He's never claimed to be anything he's not, and I doubt I'd
be where I am today without him. I bet if he got out of his antique
copying comfort zone he could surprise a few folks, and probably
These boxes are outside and WAY outside "the box".
I really like the concavities in the top of the natural edge piece
functional and really interesting.
And the one using sample coopered doors - really nice - especially
the continuity of the grain on the drawer faces. What did you decide
for the drawer guides?
The bent ply piece is beautiful - the drawer floating - elegant.
Putting drawer pulls on highly figured maple is always difficult.
The pulls you came up with - and their staggering is a really
nice solution to a potential nightmare. The wavy edge near the
corner is a nice idea as well.
I'd like to include some of these images in the stuff I've put
together on How To Unlearn How To Not Be Creative. Would you
be willing to do a write up on how the ideas were converted to
reality - and done so well? You explained the coopered door
leftovers earlier but where the ideas for the others came from
would be great examples of thinking non-linearly.
There ya go Kevin. You got the CharlieB stamp of approval. That is high
And Charlie. Your informed comments and support for one the wreck's
creative souls is much appreciated as well.
Good on both of ya.
You can get a look inside the drawers on my etsy site, though you
can't really see the slides. The top two drawers the runners are just
glued to the inside face of the carcass, with the edge beveled so they
are horizontal. The drawer boxes were made with the sides extra thick
and cut at matching angles to the carcass, then I dadoed them for the
slides using my tenoning jig that rides the rip fence on the TS. The
top drawer is in three sections to try to maximize the space because
of the curvature. It was done in a not so terribly elegant way
because I didn't have a 1/8" router bit to make proper stopped dadoes
for the bottoms.
Remember how you suggested having the slides attached to the drawer
rather than the carcass? Well, there you go.
I had shown all but the top box before, and I talked a bit about those
decisions. The wavy edge, I had a slab that was intended by the guy
that cut it to be for a guitar top, so he cut it to fit his pattern
which ended up having about 1/3 natural edge and 2/3 straight cut.
When I went to try to fit a jewelry box under it, if I had cut it
where the natural edge started to get the full width it would not have
been long enough. If I cut it longer and ripped it down to remove the
natural edge it wouldn't have been wide enough. So I compromised
between the two. That decision created some asymmetry which gave me
license to do the drawer pulls in that staggered layout, which was
something I really agonized over. So that is really a case where I
did not plan any of the features that are the signatures of that
piece, but being open to one slightly oddball decision led to another.
How bout I put up a page that you can link to?
Thanks for the kind words,
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