I braved the heat and humidity and spent most of the day in the shop. The plan for the day was to clean up the case that I assembled yesterday. So I sharpened my plane irons and went to work flushing all of the outer surfaces. The only tricky bit for this is trying to figure out how to hold the thing. Part of the work was done with the case on the bench and secured with a clamp that, in turn, was secured in the vice. The other holding method I employed was to prop the case up on my trestles and brace the case against the front of the bench. I worked methodically around the case until I was done.
With the cleanup of the case out-of-the-way I turned my attention to drawer fronts. Like I stated before, I’m building this project from #2 grade mystery pine. Other than the knots, this material is actually quite nice to work with. Generally the grain is very straight with tightly packed growth rings. When choosing the pieces for the outer case I was very careful and cut them in such a way as to keep the grain running continuously around the case. I wanted to continue paying close attention to the grain for the drawer fronts. I decided to treat the interior drawers as separate from the large bottom drawer. The large bottom drawer will be matched to the removable panel.
So I sorted through the remaining lumber until I found a mostly knot free section large enough from which to cut the interior drawer fronts. Then cut and fit the fronts, going as far as to remove sections of the blanks to account for the dividers. My thinking is this will keep the grain lines running smoothly without any disjointed looking transitions. It worked out pretty well.
The same was done for the large bottom drawer front and the removable panel. Heck, I was even able to blend them with the edge grain of the center divider. Additionally, the removable panel was thinned to 12mm to slide easily into its housing grooves.
The remaining drawer components will be fabricated from the same lumber and I’ll need to purchase an additional 4ft-6ft piece. The bottoms will be fabricated from 6mm birch plywood.