So this piece was primarily a chance to play with drawer techniques when using non-mechanical slides (in this case, oak rails screwed to the side of the carcase, slots in the side of the drawers). A few lessons learned:
- To prevent racking, drawers want to be as tight a fit on the sides as possible.
- Use a soft wax, not just a melted beeswax, for drawer lubrication.
- Do final fitting on the drawers after finishing. Finishing dramatically changes the thickness of the slide rails.
- Even ¾" maple sides will bow out and change the fit on other drawers if the drawers are fit tightly.
- I still need to figure out a good way to mill the countersink and attachment hole into the drawer rails so that I can do adjustment on the rails after I screw them in.
Drawers are Poplar, with Ziricote faces from the seconds pile at http://www.lmii.com/, they were once destined to be guitar backs. The two pieces weren't face matched, so I joined the sequence there in the center, it didn't work as well as I'd hoped.
Handles are from a block pulled from one of the buckets of wood scraps donated by http://www.griffinokie.com/ for Family Build Night. I'm not sure what it is. Of course those are sequenced down the face.
Sides are maple, and next time I think I'll do an analine dye, or do my first few coats with an amber shellac, to make it pop more.
There are a bunch of flaws, somehow I ended up cutting the fronts shut a hair shy of where I wanted to, the dovetails got a little sloppy in the glue-up, but it was a great learning process, and it'll look better in my shop than the red metal toolbox that it's going to replace.