The first blog left off with the case finished and ready for some drawers. The next step involved my very first attempt at half-bind dovetails which have been a trademark of fine craftsmen for centuries. The drawer bodies are made from Southern Yellow Poplar which is harder than the pine normally used but still soft and light enough to work easily. The drawer bottoms are 3/8" bookmatched resawn poplar with tapered edges to fit in the groove but keep the strength in a drawer that large.
A few finishing touches I have put into this special project are the black cast iron pulls and the green leather drawer lining which add a real richness to the piece. Enjoy the build shots.
|Using my David Barron dovetail gauge to cut the drawer sides.|
|Test fitting the drawers to ensure they glide effortlessly|
|The drawers with a coat of finish on them, the insides|
are not finished.
|The finished case and darwers, just 5 more coats of Deft natural to go.|
|The ash ship-lapped back is screwed on|
|The finished cabinet with cast iron pulls installed!|
And now for some Tool Porn
This new tool chest allows me to store some of my nicer tools in a dust-free place - they will all be used just as much, only without the dust!!
|Measure three times, cut once, measure again!|
|The plane truth!|
|Saws - all??|
|A plane brown wrapper!|