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Day 8 – Sacristy cabinet

Things started out well today. I got the drawer slides installed fairly quickly using my new drawer mounting jig from Kerg. Then things went downhill from there… Once the slides were installed, I tried to install the drawers. They were 1/8″ too wide. My wife complains that I never read the directions. Well this time, I did. The directions indicated that the drawer should be 1/2″ smaller than the cabinet’s inside width. Mine was exactly 1/2″ narrower. See what reading directions gets you? So, how do you remove 1/8″ from a glued and nailed drawer? I put my table saw fence right up against the blade and took a kerf of the top and bottom of the drawer leaving a 3/8″ piece sticking up in the middle so the drawer didn’t rock further into the blade. Next, I set the nails below the new surface and proceeded to plane down the 3/8″ piece. With a little sanding and planing, I now have five slightly narrower drawers. The drawers installed just as easily as the slides, but installing the drawer faces was a bit more of a challenge. I only left 1/4″ clearance between the drawers so there was not a lot of room for error. After I got them all installed and unclamped, one drawer popped out on the left. Apparently the drawer frame twisted and the box is no longer square. I made some gussets to square it up, but I may wind up remaking the drawer if I am not happy with the fix. I finally did finish with the drawer install though. Better luck tomorrow…

Preparing to install the drawer slides

Preparing to install the drawer slides

Installing the drawer slides

Installing the drawer slides

Left side done

Left side done

Right side done as well

Right side done as well

Oops, the drawer does not fit

Oops, the drawer does not fit

Cut down the drawers, now I am planing the remaining piece in the center

Cut down the drawers, now I am planing the remaining piece in the center

Finished product

Finished product

First drawer installed

First drawer installed

All five installed and functioning

All five installed and functioning

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