Tuesday 6 February 2018
I've been able to spend a little more time on the walnut chest and with the drawers glued up it was time to carefully fit each drawer. I made a nice tight drawer support from 1" ply, to ensure the thin sides were fully supported and didn't flex during planning, higher angle planes with a super tight mouth were needed to avoid tear out on the highly figured sides.
When I get close to the required fit I use sandpaper for final tuning, it's amazing how easy it is to go too far!
The drawers are fitted from the rear, this should enter quite easily as the rear is a shade wider than the front, see previous posts for the process.
The fit at this stage makes sure the drawer can come out of the front but still binds a little at the rear. Final fitting will be done with the drawer bottoms in place.
The walnut is looking gorgeous, I can't wait to get some finish on!