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Offline Mike Goetzke

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Bad Day In The Shop...
« on: March 30, 2020, 09:40 AM »
...always better than good day at work.

So in my spare time I'm working on an under lathe storage cabinet. I made the box last weekend so yesterday I had some time to make the drawers. I picked up some BB at Rockler using their new curbside pickup.

I was breaking down the ply with the track saw and using the TS to rip to size and on my last rip on one of the boards found it was too narrow  [eek]. So checked all my dimensions and they were fine so just for grins I checked the rough stock and sure enough it was 1/4" off! Since it's a shop cabinet I made the piece from a leftover from another sheet of BB but the grain will be running vertical.

The drawers were to be half blind dovetailed. I've done this a few times before on 1/2" stock with my Leigh RTJ400 jig without much tweaking. Yesterday had heck of a time getting it dialed in. Still struggled with the first drawer and checked and double checked everything. Decided to take a break. Tore down everything and set it up again no adjustment necessary this time. Must have been those gremlins. So was able to make the 5 drawers for the lathe cabinet and two for a vanity I'm working on.

Maybe I should have tried making Domino drawers - maybe next time.

Forgot - when I went to cut dados for the drawer bottoms on the router something wasn't right at the end of the cut. Found out my split fences were out of alignment. When did this happen???

« Last Edit: March 30, 2020, 09:43 AM by Mike Goetzke »

Offline jobsworth

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Re: Bad Day In The Shop...
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2020, 10:19 AM »
Cant tell ya how many times something simular has happened to me. I quit using DT jigs and use thru dominos for drawers now. Clamp to a MFT or a old cheap DT jig just using the clamps made my life easier.

Offline Peter Parfitt

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Re: Bad Day In The Shop...
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2020, 02:46 PM »
Hi Mike

I use a very simple technique for drawers explained to me by a master craftsman.

Here is one way:

and then a variation:

I hope that this helps.