Building the dresser frame (dresser build, part 2)
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Building the dresser frame (dresser build, part 2)

October 21, 2019


Having finished the
drawers for my dresser It was time to tackle
the frame of it. And i started that by
cutting up some 2×8 lumber into the pieces I needed
for the frame of the body. I planed about a milimeter off of each side just to get a smooth surface and also to
straighten a slight bowing into the lumber. Then I cut some betos into the parts
that would make the side of the drawer to later hold the drawer slides. I cut 4 of these which are gonna
form the corners of the dresser. And I cut betos in them which will serve to make more
room for the door glides. And also help me position them so I don’t
have to fiddle with where they should go. With these pieces here being the verticals I want to join them with
the horizontal parts of the frame length like so. And I want to use a really
sturdy sort of joint like this one, which I normally cut with my screw it my fox joint jig. And for that. I need to put the stock vertically on the table saw, like so. But the problem is these parts here are just a bit too long. And I can’t put them straight up on the table
saw. So I have to use a different method. And this gives me another chance
to use my favorite machine the pantorouter. I’ve got a
quarter inch router bit in here. And I made a template
with slots every inch. So that’ll make a cut every half an
inch to cut out those box joints on the end of the stock. And because it’s horizontal, there’s
no problem of it hitting the ceiling. Couple things about making these joints. The mating joint for this has
to be offset by a finger width. So I made a quarter inch
spacer which I just put here to cut the complimenting part of that. My initial joints were
a little bit too tight so I needed to make the
slots a little bit wider. And to do that I took this filler and I ground down a
taper on it, just a little bit. And that way it has a little bit of play inside the slots, which means I can wiggle the bit side to side a little
bit to make a wider cut. Here’s my dresser frame test assembled so far. I want to join the front and back frames with some pieces to go in between like so, so that I have this
wide edge continued all around. Now I put that in with
mortars and tendon joints So I’ll need to cut the vortice here. and here on every corner. Before I start gluing this together I need to cut some rabbits in the top to inset the panel flush there. And some slots in the side to have a panel here. Now I couldn’t get all the way
to the corner with the router So I have to finish that
cut off with a knife. Now it’s tempting to start by
assembling these side panels first. But these box joints in the
corners are really tricky So I’m gonna start by assembling the front
and back frame with the box joints. And then putting them together
and putting the panels in. Now it’s all too easy to put
these parts together backwards. So when I dry fit the whole thing I labeled it so this is E and E. And that meets with another part which
is also labeled E for this corner. And this part here, also labeled E. I dry fitted the other half of the
frame on while the glue was drying. Just to make sure my tenants
didn’t end up misaligned. And I’m gluing the side
panel in on all sides. It’s made out of plywood so you can
get away with that sort of thing. Got the side panels glued in. And I beveled the edges of all the tenants. And that’ll make it easier to insert all 8 of them at the same time. But I still have to work really fast. I use bar clamps to get all
those joints to fully close. but on the one corner I
had a bit of trouble and I had to switch to a bigger persuader. That’s a snub fit. With the body of the dresser completed,
it was time to fit the drawers in my next video.

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  1. Спасибо автору!!! Узнал много нового из его роликов. Жаль не знаю английского…
     С уважением.

  2. As usual interesting construction methods. Nice to see something different. I wish I could find construction lumber that nice here.

  3. I've never heard you mention a dado set before – I assume you just don't find it's worth the time to switch blades out most of the time?

  4. I would be willing to. wager this is the most highly engineered homebuilt chest of drawers in existence. And that's not at all a bad thing. First, love the idea for dado'ed drawer slides, it's the very first time I've seen this done, nice. And the box joints. with mortise and tendons all done with your router-bot. kudos. I am always entertained, usually impressed, and often just blown away! Keep up the good work!

  5. This should not come across as a criticism because you are definitely more experienced on this stuff than I am, but I'm confused why you have such sturdy joinery on everything, but then you simply glue and brad nail the bottoms on. Why wouldn't you cut dado's for those? Simply for space?

  6. Encore une belle réalisation !!! Mais juste une question , pourquoi colle tu ton panneau ? Tu ne devrais pas ne pas le coller justement , pour que le bois soit libre de travailler plus tard , sans risque d' éclatement ultérieur ??!

  7. What can't the Pantorouter do? I video on what it can't do would be interesting.
    Also, could you please do a video on creating a dust collection system for the pantorouter? It seems to really make a mess. Is there a way to contain the sawdust?

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