I always say that folks won’t notice a small discrepancy in spacing or angle in your dovetails – they’ll only notice the gaps! As you mentioned, having a hanging drawer by dadoing the sides of the drawer is a good way to go. This overhang is sanded away after the drawers are assembled. The wide spaces between the pins will provide easy access from two angles. Start the router and rout the circle using a straight bit. Here are some supplies and tools we find essential in our everyday work around the shop. Selecting Material For more on all things dovetails (by both hand and power), read our collection of articles on the topic (just $3.99). Next time I’ll show you the steps to cut the joints, and assemble and finish the drawers. Mahogany or oak are other good choices. Assembling and fitting the drawer before installing the drawer bottom allows precise placement of stops glued to the lower rail. Short and sweet. If you mill your sides to a thin dimension, you should consider using drawer slips for reinforcement and extra strength. Proud sides. She builds the drawer first and then makes the cleats and wood drawer slides, spending time to fine-tune the machine setups and sliding dovetails. pages 50-54 Drawer slips are small mouldings, placed along the interior of the drawer sides to prevent their splitting under a load or heavy use. Become an UNLIMITED member and get it all: searchable online archive of every issue, how-to videos, Complete Illustrated Guide to Woodworking digital series, print magazine, e-newsletter, and more. by Mario Rodriguez Lay a rule on the router table and adjust the fence so it aligns with the cutting edge of the bit at the tabletop height. Use the best that can be obtained; whether it’s solid or plywood. When building furniture, we probably spend as much time making the drawers as we do making the piece itself. Generally, you want to run the grain in the direction of the longest dimension. Tight-fitting versions hold workpieces firmly without fasteners and still allow pieces with opposing grain to move slightly. This also makes glue-up easier because you won’t have to worry about damaging the delicate pins. From the February 2009 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. They also add character and detail. The design calls for dovetail boxes and traditional wood slides. I suggest making the width of your drawers 1/8″ narrower than the drawer opening in your cabinet. My jig cuts dovetails spaced 7/8″ on center, so I make my drawers heights some multiple of 7/8″. The side mount slides work best if you have some tolerance between the key and weigh. Cut the pins fat and pare them just shy of the line. We do wooden drawer slides often, usually for small cubby, drawers etc. The slot for the drawer bottom is located in the space for the lowest tail in the drawer front. Later, the guides are carefully planed to allow the drawers easy and smooth travel. The extra thickness in the bottom keeps it from sagging. Synopsis: After one too many drawer spills, Karen Robertson set about designing a slide that worked like metal but was good-looking enough to use on fine furniture. And if the stock is very thin, it can split when you cut the joint. The overall length of a drawer should be equal to the length of the drawer slide you use. ” kept them thick enough while making them lightweight, too. These are three small blocks that are glued and clamped onto the front rail of the drawer web, just behind the drawer fronts. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. Other router table technique: feed direction, cope and stick, molding on router table and making raised panel door here. With a sharp block plane, I took light shavings from the drawer guides (which were glued to the drawer web and flanked the opening) on each side. PWM. Modern cabinet hardware: Good, bad, or fine? So, a drawer that measures 16″ deep and 24″ wide would have the grain running side to side. Stand the workpiece on end with either face against the fence. If the joint is loose, raise the bit. I first make a sheet-metal template that gives me a clear pattern (that can be reused) to mark onto the drawer sides. On a larger drawer, I’d use my shoulder plane. And, if possible, orient the grain direction to make it easier to plane and fit the completed drawer later. But this is an aspect of furniture-making many woodworkers don’t devote enough attention to. A partial test fit will reveal any excess material that has to be removed. These drawers will be almost 14″ wide and 18” deep, which is also a good size. He currently teaches at the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop. Enter in your email and password to create a FREE account, KV Full Extension Side-Mount Drawer Slides, http://local.wordpress/routed-half-blind-dovetail-drawers-part-1/, Woodworking Blog Posts, Articles & Videos to Build Your Skills. But how to make a good drawer isn’t one of them. Here are some wood species that make good drawers. Its solid wood and has great lines. dado the box side and mount on matching wood slides, or use wood rail guides at bottom/top of box, or key rail on bottom of box, etc. Center and cut a 3/8″-wide slot through the beam. Undermount dovetails track the drawer nicely and also act as a tip bar when the drawer is extended. This allows them to be planed during the fitting process. A drawer that is deeper than it is wide will operate easily without racking or sticking. Basic skills on machines and with hand tools will produce crisp, clean work. My sides-to-front dovetails turned out good enough that I didn’t need a second chance at them. This provides easier access and the opportunity to “eyeball” any problems not visible from the outside. Then align the slips with the groove on the drawer front and the bottom of the drawer back; glue and clamp them in place. Maple is a tight-grained hard-wearing wood, ideal for drawer sides. When open, a drawer should reveal craftsmanship and quality consistent with the rest of the piece. I plane a little more off the back end of a drawer, making the back slightly narrower than the front. For example, to join a 1/2″ thick drawer side to a 3/4″-thick front cut the dovetail groove in the drawer front with 1/2″ dovetail bit and cut a 1/2″ wide tail in the drawer …