I've been slowly working on the drawers for my kids desks. In past posts, I've shown and talked about the groove for the bottom and cutting the dovetails. I think that next time I cut dovetails, I'm going to take some scrap and practice first. The second drawer turned out much better.
Once everything was cut, it was time to glue up the drawers.
I set out all the clamps and glue and measuring tools I'll need. I then paint on the glue on all the dovetails on both sides. I think I'm getting better on how much glue to use because squeeze out wasn't too bad. I use my diagonal measuring tool to see which side I need the diagonal clamp on to ensure the drawer is square and then place the clamp on. A few more measurements and a few turns on the diagonal clamp get it square. I leave it clamped overnight.
The dovetails were a little loose (more on the first drawer than the second) so I decided to do a little over engineering and put pins in the center of the tails on the the sides. This takes away all stress from just the glue and puts some of it on the pins..
First I mark the centers of the dovetails. I am using 1/4" hardwood dowels so I drill a quarter inch hole that goes through the tail and about a half inch into the drawer front (and the back for the back tails).
I have let the dowels glue dry overnight and then I used a flush cut saw and then a bit of sand paper (I think the above picture is after the saw but before the sand paper). I then take the opportunity to do an initial sanding of the drawer with 80 grit.
QUICK NOTE: one of the power tools I still use is a Festool sander. I really should stop using this. I tend to oversand with the power sander and hand sanding would likely minimize that. I may pack the sander away and see if I can go to only hand planes and hand sanding for the next project.
Next I need to cut the plywood bottoms for the drawers and then choose what kind of drawer pull I am going to use.