Cherry Chest of Drawers Part5

Chest of Drawer Series


From what I have seen online there is not much on repair or tightening up hand cut dovetails. We are all human and working with wood no dovetail is perfect. I cut mine with a bit of overhang to help make up this difference.
dovetail board
These boards I am working with are very old and have been in my shop well over a year. But even in the 2 weeks I was doing the joinery on the carcass the temps and humidity have been all over the place. That caused my panels to move. So the joints were not all that “tight”.
dry fit carcass
So I want to show a few of my methods for getting that tight fit look.
What methods do you use?
In the video you will see the carcass glue up then dovetail repair.
Yes Randy I used a sander and a light-bulb.
The joint you pointed out last time was the first and hardest to repair. Next time I will do the joinery on the bottom first then do the show sides.

Drawers are next.
drawer mock up

Please be careful. Some of the things I do are dangerous. It is not my fault if you get hurt. Use your brain, be safe.

14 Responses to Cherry Chest of Drawers Part5

  1. Anonymous says:

    Any sign of part 6 yet??

  2. binks says:

    Greetings from the UK! Really enjoying the cherry chest series……..when will we get to see part 6 please?

    • David Bardin says:

      Binks it’s coming. My daughter is on me to finish as well. A few things have come up. My wife’s health has been bad, gradin in and the summer choirs have set in. I have it setting in my small shop and it need to get finished.
      Soon my friend. I promise soon.

      • binks says:

        Thanks – just making one myself and wanted to know how you were going to construct the drawers and runners and whether you’re using blades or not? Anyway waiting patiently now! Sorry to hear that your wife is unwell – I am sure we all wish her the best for a speedy recovery. Binks

        • David Bardin says:

          Its going to be all wood. I will make the drawer fronts and space them out. I had taken some scraps and made a tool box for my shop. It will be done close to this method.

          Thank you for your well wishes. I will forward them to her.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Nice save.
    I see a lot of people leaving the tails and pins long and either planning or sanding them flush.
    Congratulations on the subscribers. I noticed that you are using Subbable. Is that working out okay for you. I’m interested but I don’t know anything about them.

    Dave N.
    aka Old Sneelock

    • David Bardin says:

      Thanks Dave that means a lot coming from you.
      I had to go look up “Subbable” , if I am using it i didn’t know it. Something I use may have turned it on. Now I will be looking into it a bit deeper.
      I do recognize the guy on there home page. He has made a pretty big name for himself being a nerd ;’)
      Please come back and feel free to give us a bit of your knowledge.
      I have seen your work and enjoy learning from you.

  4. DIYaholic says:

    I won’t hold it, the use of an electron killing sander, against you….
    You big galoot you!!!

    Obviously you did something right….
    For it to come out square, right out of the gate.

    Many would be to insecure to show anything less than perfection.
    Thanks for taking the time to show the imperfections and remedy!
    Us neophytes need the cure!!!

    Looks like your shop helper enjoyed the snow….

    • David Bardin says:

      I am a hybrid woodworker. I am sure Roy has some material cut by saw.
      Thank you Randy. I was just showing that there will be errors with every joint and this is the way I repair mine.
      A lot of folks show all there perfect joinery you don’t see the mistakes. I like to see the mistakes and love when someone shows me how to fix it.
      She did and thanks for the post. Pres….

  5. JL7 says:


    Nice work on those dovetails, they really turned out nice. That pesky wood movement thing is always an issue, and the sawdust/superglue thing is great. Makes you wonder how the old timers got it done without the CA glue..?

    Glad the grand baby got to experience a little snow. If snow has a purpose, it would be for the kids….

    Congrats on all the subscribers…well deserved.

    Carry on….

    • David Bardin says:

      Yep it was taking so long night time fell.
      Hide glue maybe. I am sure they took a bit of more time and care than I did.
      She was loving it. They had her only outside for ten minutes and she not want to back inside.
      I hate it my feet stay cold.
      Thanks Jeff for all you do.

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