455 Walnut Buffet Pt. 5

March 18, 20114 Comments

We’re nearing the end of the Walnut Buffet build. Just a couple more episodes and we’re done. If you have any questions so far about some aspect of the construction, drop me a line EMAIL YOUR QUESTION or leave a comment in today’s shownotes.

Today I’m showing you how I constructed the drawer boxes for the two large drawers. Drawer box construction is really simple. At the heart of it, it’s nothing more than assembling an open topped box that slides into an opening. The big question on my mind when I’m building drawers for any project are how will they slide in and out of the opening and what joinery am I using to assemble the drawer sides to the front and back?

The first joint most woodworkers will answer with – dovetails. But is it the only joint you can use? What if you don’t know how, or you’re just not fond of them? Let’s discuss some common joinery techniques that not only look good but are just as strong as the dovetail. That’s what’s coming up in the second half of the show today.

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  1. Bob says:

    Hi Matt, looking good man. I noticed you have accumulated a number of wood planes Do feel that you use your hand planes more and more and machines less and less? I am getting tired of the noise the machines make and find I will use a hand plane every chance I get now. I have one of them tenon jigs you mentioned and have not used it in 2 years. I found it is not really needed to do woodworking any safer and I have found its not as accurate as one may think I think I will be selling it and put the money into a medium size shoulder plane from Lie-Nielsen.
    Keep up the good work, I like the videos. I will order the plane here when I get enough from selling all the stuff I never use.

  2. Jim Wellman says:

    Great series. I think this is your best build series yet. Good content and the side bars are very informative. They seem to be longer than usual (good thing). Keep up the good work.

  3. Dean says:

    Good info Matt, Thanks.

    I’ve also stuggled with the set up of 45 lock miters. I’m planning a 8′ tall post 8″ square using 3/4 stock. I found info about using full table length feather boards. Haven’t had the time to test yet, but soon now that the weather’s nice. Any future videos dealing more with this topic would be very interesting.

    On a separate note, Your work bench looks great. Do you have any videos showing a close up of it, or how you made it?

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