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Monster Bench...(PartV)

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

I've been rather busy at work lately so my woodworking has taken a back seat over the past few weeks. Nevertheless, I've managed to sneak in a little time here and there in the shop to get the drawers started for my new woodworking tool chest.  

My tool chest will reside beneath my new woodworking bench. The drawer openings  allow for the following drawer sizes whereas h = height of drawer, w = width of drawer and d = depth of drawer:

  • 4 drawers 3"h x 15"w x 23"d

  • 2 drawers 3"h x 21"w x 23"d

  • 4 drawers 5"h x 15"w x 23"d

  • 2 drawers 5"h x 21"w x 23"d

The drawer fronts, sides and backs are all made from " sanded plywood and the bottoms are 3/8" sanded plywood. I used my Porter-Cable Omnijig to create half blind dovetails to attach the sides to the front. The back will be a simple dado joint and the bottom will sit in a dado joint as well. This is a very traditional drawer construction technique and will yield a drawer that will be strong and durable for years to come.

Figures 1-6 below illustrate the process of using my Omnijig to make the half blind dovetail joints and the completed side and front pieces.

         omnijig setup     omnijig setup     routed dovetails

Figure 1                                          Figure 2                                           Figure 3     


      routed dovetails     drawer pieces     drawer pieces

Figure 4                                          Figure 5                                           Figure 6




If you have any questions or comments about this blog entry please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Thanks and be safe when working with tools!!!




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Robert Burgoyne, also known as "Burgie", has been doing woodworking for nearly 30 years. He started learning at an early age in his grandfather's garage and continued while working with his father in construction. The hobby has now become a business with Creative Landscape Accents. Burgie builds  high quality woodworking projects for the outdoors and also enjoys making decorative accent pieces for inside the house. While not working in his shop doing woodworking Burgie enjoys computers, restoring his old 1964 Chevy C60 2-ton dump truck and riding his Harley-Davidson Road King throughout beautiful Colorado.



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