Back-panels are a bit like underpants, you just never know...bit of a chore to make, but they need to look half decent. Here's one of a couple dry fits, in between some fine tuning up of the panel sizes and rabets.
Big Will came out for the flushing and fitting.
I didn't get carried away on a perfect fit, but the back-panel does offer some racking strength, so I aimed for a reasonable fit. Made up some aluminum swivel clips and a couple leather tabs to make the panel easy to take in and out, just in case.
Drawer pulls are an exercise in patience. When all I wanted to do was mount those false fronts. But some fun was had in la-la land.
Hold it right there. my setup to keep tiny things still on the horizontal mortiser.
Shooting tiny tapers.
Glueing posts into tiny dadoes cut in the bars before pinning with 1/8 aluminum rod.
Not an option to drill a false front in the wrong place. Couldn't cut more Elm parts if I wanted to. There's nothing left. So I made a template/dowel jig for each drawer to drill the mortises for the pulls.
Rebel without a cause. He's sitting there waiting for his feet, and back panel and an ungodly amount of finishing. But the false fronts seem to finally be in place. I used shims for the reveals (made them a hair over 3/32) and double stick tape on the drawer box front to place the fronts. Then screwed them in place and used the Blum slider tilt and height adjustment to fine tune. Good thinking having these adjustments, unfortunately the height adjustments are all made of thin plastic, so most of them snapped off.
Box joints must be one of the easiest ways to make a box. right? Never done them before, so why not give it a bash.
Easy, yes pretty foolproof once you've dialed the setup (I used a dado blade method). quick? maybe not so much. Exhibit A - blow out at the back of the cut.
Exhibit B - not so much blow out after refining the process.
Even with a zero clearance fence, it's takes time to avoid the blow out. clamp the workpiece, finger pressure is not enough. zero clearance fence, obviously. Making smaller, multiple passes helps. As does scribing the cut with a marking gauge, as you would for dovetails.
Here's my jig on the sliding table. The hardboard layer gets added once the location of the jig is fine tuned. I clamped that chunk of wood onto the slider in case I dropped a drawer side onto the blade. Having it go over the blade and across the other side would be A+, but this gave me enough comfort.
Drawer bottoms getting made up. Some re-sawn western maple to avoid plywood.
Drawer parts stacking up, but luckily there's a nice rack to store them on.
I started spending time in my garage a few years ago. Things started getting interesting. I like designing things. I like building these things. In an environmentally responsible way, of course, sustainable materials and construction that will last generations.