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3 Drawers, no tape, no ruler [extended]



These longer, more detailed versions of the basic build videos will form the basis of a 'Basic Builds" course, planned for release next year. This is not the finished item, but it's as close as I have at the moment and is offered here for members to give feedback, and to see if there's anything they feel might be missing.


Thanks! Peter

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Hi Peter, as you know I had a go at making drawers for my cube before you did, so it has been interesting to compare methods and design. My drawer backs and bottom were only 6mm with the front and sides 12mm (6mm + 6mm). Thinner materials plus the slight inaccuracies from hand sawing meant I glue-clamped the sides and bottom in one go (see photo) as that way I can even out the cutting imperfections. I am envious of the options perfect right angles allow.

One aspect of your drawer design that might be worth mentioning in the final video is the choice of having the drawer bottom attached to the side of the sides and to the undersi…



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petermillard
petermillard
Nov 06, 2022
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Hi Catherine. Yes, I went through the general construction of the drawer box when I did the 'little plywood boxes' basic build, after the shelves. It works so well for drawers/boxes to have the back sit on the base, then the side just 'planted' onto both as all for forces are front-to-back, push/pull. Having the fascias rebated means that they present a 'clean' front but still have plenty of glue area to fix them, even without a mechanical fixing like nails. 👍

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Gav Reid
Gav Reid
Nov 04, 2022

what was the the liquid beeswax brand , it looked nice and not as yellow as some of the others on Baltic birch can go ?

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petermillard
petermillard
Nov 04, 2022
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I think this was Liberon, but I’ve not found much difference between them tbh. 👍👍

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Hi Peter, great video as always couldn't find the link for the spring clamps you used in the build. Regards David

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petermillard
petermillard
Nov 04, 2022
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Sorry David. Links are in the public videos, I'll paste it in here 👍:


Heavy duty spring clamps - https://amzn.to/2Rw0b5u (US:similar) https://amzn.to/2qSwgZV)


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Hi Peter, excellent video, and shows how much can be achieved with mm precision and very basic tools (and a bucket-load of experience as well!) Definitely interested in a basic router table. Its on my to-do list so interested to see how you tackle it. I bought a router plate with integral screw lift from Banggood which of course doesn’t have holes that match either of my routers, so going to have to drill some holes to try to adapt it. We’ll see if this proves to be a good investment or not. In terms of the basic build video, there are some bits you give plenty of explanation to, like affixing the drawer fronts, and there’s others where I felt …

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petermillard
petermillard
Nov 04, 2022
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Thanks Geoffrey, that's great feedback; I can do things like stop blocks for the rebates etc.. in my sleep so it's not something I'd normally concentrate on but you make a very fair point; I think I do say in the vid that the side and base are both 12mm, so the rebate is a straight 12mm deep cut in the face, 12mm in from the edge. And the edge cut just squares that off to leave a 6mm lip all around the three edges. The stop blocks are there because I wanted to be able to switch from the face cuts to the edge cuts quickly, without leaving the rail in place, so yes, it's an important step that…


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If you don't have any (or want to buy any) mdf fibracolour I reckon you could stain normal mdf to replicate it. I did a quick test on some scrap and it doesn't look too bad.

I used chestnuts spirit stain, available in lots of different colours

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petermillard
petermillard
Nov 04, 2022
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I'll give that a try, thanks! 👍

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