I’ve made drawers. Not a lot, but several. I actually enjoy making them and look forward to that step in the build process. Up to this point all of my drawers were built with standard stock thicknesses, 3/4″ fronts and 1/2″ sides and rear with 1/4″ bottoms. The mini tansu however, requires the drawers to be made from thinner stock, 1/2″ fronts, 5/16″ sides and rear with 1/8″ bottoms. To complicate it even more I am building these drawers in the traditional Japanese method. The sides are rebated and pegged to the fronts, the rear is joined to the sides with pegged finger joints and the bottom is rebated into the front, glued and pegged in place.
The plan for today was to build both drawers and have them glued and clamped by quitting time. Heck, the smallest drawer is only 7/8″ tall and roughly 4″ square. Yea…that didn’t happen. I found that smaller is much more difficult to execute. These small pieces are just tedious to handle. Harder to clamp and hold for the necessary operations. Cutting the joinery is no more difficult. Just the holding of the parts.
I only managed to get the larger drawer built and glued together today. By the time that was done so was my patience. I have a rare half day off tomorrow and will have another go at the smaller drawer. Hopefully a fresh start on a new day will see the second drawer go together smoothly.
I’m going to have to take a look at the process before I tackle any more small-scale drawers. Hopefully I can find a few ways to modify my process to make the construction process a little less frustrating.
Greg Merritt…Part 7