Hand Tools Archive
Bill Tindall, E.Tn.
I like to assemble a case piece all at once. This one was complicated- 60 joints.
An aid are the dovetailed drawer dividers, an alternative to M&T more commonly employed. When these joints are well made they are self squaring and require no clamping to hold them in place. The strategy is to dry fit enough to hold the piece in alignment, glue in the rest, then glue those that were dry fit. This attribute was a great help in enabling this thing to be assembled all at once. The clamps are used to hold the M&T joints together as needed or in anticipation of maybe needed.
Dry fitting the whole of it enabled a plan to be made and the glue up went smoothly. Some light sanding of scuff marks here and there and this part is ready to be finished.
On to the tedium of yet more drawers. This desk is for a particular application. I'm making it reversible so that at some time in its future the drawers could be used to the left. Never made a reversible drawer before. We will see how that goes.