Shelf with drawers
When I built my first box joint jig, I ended up making a whole bunch of little boxes out of oak scraps. Some of these boxes I turned into drawers that I mounted under a shelf in my old workshop and filled them with miscellaneous screws.
But in my new workshop, I didn't have a convenient shelf that I could just mount these drawers under, so I ended up building a shelf out of oak for these drawers.
The shelf uses three shelf brackets, which are held together with a
simple mortise and tenon joint. As usual, I made these with my
For the tenons, I used my home made
To trim the ends of the tenon, I set the blade to be just a few millimeters
above the table, and pushed the tenons sideways across the blade back
and forth while slowly advancing it to the center of the blade.
The nice thing is, I can use the rip fence as a limit for how far to push it
against the blade. And the rip fence was already set to the right position from
cutting the shoulders of the tenons.
I rounded the ends of tenons with the coarsest file I could find. I used
to do round them with a carving knife, but but a file is quicker.
A fine flat rasp would be even
better, but rasps tend to be very coarse, and curved, so a coarse file
suits my needs better. The file also has an edge with no teeth on it, which is
handy for avoiding accidentally filing into the tenon's shoulders.
One of the tenons after filing the corners round.
I also like to round all edges and corners that are exposed. I use a small palm plane
for this. Stroking it over the edge at different angles produces approximately
a quarter round edge of 2 to 3 mm in radius.
With the plane sharp enough, it can be used to round the edges on the end grain as well.
Gluing the shelf brackets together. The clamps across the mortises are probably unnecessary,
but I tend to put then on just for good measure.
The next step was to glue some 12mm x 12mm square pieces of wood to the sides of the shelf
brackets to support the drawers. As there are two drawers between the brackets, I also
made some T-shaped profiles to screw to the bottom of the shelf to hold the drawers.
See also: See also
Building a Low bookshelf
More on Wooden drawers