Fitting Drawers to a Handmade Sideboard
During the glue up process the drawers are checked for square. Then the clamps are removed and the drawers laid on a flat surface for the glue to set.
The following day I started fitting the drawers, by planing of the excess material on the sides, starting at the back and working forwards.
…until the ends fit like below. Then it was a matter moving forward along the drawer sides removing more excess material.
And repeating the process on all the drawers until the were all fitting snugly.
After that I prepped the quarter sawn Oak for the drawer bottoms, which had been glued up a few weeks earlier and left to settle.
Fitting the drawer bottoms with a sycamore centre drawer muntin.
I then planed and cleaned up the front of the drawers to get a complete view of the through dovetails. All the drawers were then disassembled and sanded. Finally all the internal surfaces were waxed, polished and the drawers reassembled.