Having mulled this around in my head for a while, I decided it would be cool to make a drawer that hung from the underside with no external parts. I realized in my scrap pile I had some nice pieces of quarter sawn oak that would do nicely. Since the entire drawer will be exposed, the entire drawer will need to be oak. If it slid into a cabinet, I would probably use pine for the drawer with an oak face, but solid oak this one will be.
First up is to resaw a piece of scrap to make two sides to the drawer.
|Resawing a piece like this is getting easier for me. Perhaps practicing on ripping 12/4 beech helps.|
|I'm happy with this.|
|A close up right off the saw.|
I started by using my pollissoir that I bought from Don Williams, and finished it off with what I have been calling an uzukuri. I'm not sure if this is really the name of this tool, but it is essentially a Japanese polisher much like the straw pollissoir from Don, only it is made from horsehair and intended to leave a much finer finish. I think it is normally used on softwoods, and in combination with courser burnishers gives a nice texture to softwoods. Using it on this oak, I feel like it gives a final bit of polish to what Don's burnisher has done. The wood is really smooth and silky to the touch after this treatment.
|I like it!|
|I like it!|
|Notice I have overcut my baseline on the inside of the drawer a bit. I have done that on purpose.|
|This picture looks cool and you can't see the gaps.|
|Through dovetails and some tool porn.|
First, a glue up of the carcass of the drawer. Let it dry for a day before removing clamps.
|Part I of glue up.|
|Part II of glue up.|
I figured if I put that weird one in the back of the drawer it won't be so noticeable. Besides, it is the drawer bottom, and The Frau says the drawer will be full of crap and you won't see it anyway.
|Smoothing the panel with my Sargent smoother.|
|This is the widest board I have ever shot this way. It took a little finesse.|
|I used the shoulder plane because it is a bit lower angle than my rabbet plane, important for this cross grain work.|
|Sliding it in.|
|Another view showing how the slips work.|
|Even closer view.|
I made some more battens out of oak that will hold the drawer from the inside in grooves that I plowed in the top of the drawer. Again, no glue for these. I will screw them in. Here I am drilling clearance holes in the drawer battens for the screws. The center one is round, and the holes on the ends I elongated to allow for cross grain movement.
|Dick saw on the battens.|
|Parafin wax on these brass screws because I had it handy.|
|Glamour shot I|
|Glamour shot II|
|Glamour shot III|
If you missed the first two parts, see them here: