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Posted: 04/14/21 08:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

PastorCharlie wrote:

I keep Bondo handy to correct the errors of manufactoring.



I have used that as well. I've also used wood glue mixed with saw dust, epoxy mixed with sawdust, used nothing - especially if it would not be seen. There are all kinds of different adhesives to use, and most will work well.


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Posted: 04/14/21 08:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

JoeH wrote:

Maybe I missed it, but, what keeps the drawers from sliding open while underway ?




You have not missed it. As of now, there is nothing in place to keep them closed.

I have considered using magnets, or a lock type which is part of the drawer pull/latch.

As you can tell, I haven't made up my mind yet.

Any suggestions?

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Posted: 04/14/21 08:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

sundancer268 wrote:

Super Glue to keep them closed?[emoticon]




Then keep a heat gun handy to release the glue? Lol.

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nohurry wrote:

sundancer268 wrote:

Super Glue to keep them closed?[emoticon]


Oh no! fulltimin would definitely use Por 15. [emoticon]




Using Por 15 and they will never come open, short of using a crow bar. Lol.

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Posted: 04/14/21 09:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Measure once- Check.

Measure twice - Check.

Measure thrice - Check.

Cut once - Check.

Test fit assembly - Che.... @#$%^&*(*&^%$ - NO FIT! ARGGGGGG.

Well then.....

In this pic, you can see where the dovetail is cut in the plywood.

You can also see where the dovetail bit is - and in fact should have been cutting the plywood!!!!!! UGH!



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Time to cut a new set of drawer fronts for these 6 drawers. The one redeeming factor in this situation is ..... (drum roll) ... I can still use these incorrect ones for the next set on the other half of the drawers under this counter.

The second set will be more narrow, so all I'll have to do is to shorten them a few inches, recut the dovetails, and we'll be good to go.

Therefore, it's not a total loss.

The front of the drawer sides were about 1/2" more narrow than the back half. Still don't know how I made them wrong, but I did. Duh!



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Sorry for the out of focus pic. The outside edge at the rear of the drawer is about 20"

The outside edge of the front is about 19.5"

As you can see, I cut the dovetail right where I had it marked!


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Posted: 04/14/21 09:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

SOOOOOOOOOOO - I proceeded to cut a new set of 6 drawer fronts for the ones I messed up, and then cut the new dovetails - In The Correct Place - and then cut the groove for the drawer bottom.

I then test fit the new pieces - and they FIT! Wahoo.

I used a small paint brush to spread the Titebond 3 in the grooves and dado's, and dovetails, and proceeded to assemble the new set.



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Posted: 04/14/21 09:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I assembled 4 of the 6 drawers. Two of the 5" high, and two of the 8" high.

Measured across the corners after assembly, and they were right on the money.



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All of the joints were tight enough that no clamps were needed, except for holding the back of the drawer together.

Everything else was a nice snug fit, and with the dovetails up front, there was no way for anything to move after assembly.

By the way - does this count as a miracle?

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Posted: 04/16/21 08:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Finally was able to test assemble my large 12" deep drawers today.

It's great when things just fit like a glove, like they should when test fitting, and then final assembly is a breeze.



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Posted: 04/16/21 08:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I figured as deep as these drawers are, I should use a couple of extra clamps to hold the back of the drawer together.



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