Published at Friday, November 02nd 2018. by Heidi Slater in End Table.
I'm using a combination of inexpensive pine boards and plywood for this project. First I'll cut down the pine boards to their widths. To cut the decorative tapers on the bottom of each leg. I'M using my microbial no wait MicroDial Tapering Jig. As always, it's a good idea to cut all the pieces that are the same size. At the same time, so you don't have to adjust your setup., I can glue and tack the side pieces together. Two of them only get a rail on one side. Now I can attach the legs to those pieces, keeping in mind that the taper goes outside..
Whenever I use pocket screws, I like to use glue on the joint also. To make sure this lower piece is positioned in the same spot. On each side, I've cut out a scrap that I'll use as a spacer. And once again my poor spacial awareness kicked in and I've got the pocket holes on the wrong side of this piece. But it's already glued up. So I'm just going to fill those in. And once these are sanded down I'll paint right over them. I'll prepare the two back pieces, the same way. I'm going to glue and screw these into just one side., I'm notching out the corners in the lower shelf. Before I assemble anything, I'm going to glue on these drawer runners, which are just square pieces of solid wood., I'm sanding the tops of these runners down now with 220 grit sandpaper, because once this is assembled, it's going to be really hard to get my hand in There to sand it.
This part's going to be a little tricky. I need to set this shelf in place before I put this together. And again I'm using glue and pocket screws. Now I can glue this shelf into place. I can't get my nailer to fit inside of this gap, so I'm just going to clamp this into place. The drawers are just simple boxes made out of plywood., I'm using a rabbeting bit on my router to make a ledge for the drawer bottoms to drop into. I cut these two thin pieces of cardboard to use as the bottoms of the drawers. The rabbeting bit leaves these rounded corners, so I need to cut these corners to match., Then glue and tack them into place. I don't want the drawer going all the way back. I want it to stop right about here, so I've cut out some little stop blocks that I'll glue and tack into the back.
This piece of plywood is going to be the top. I'm covering up the edges with the iron-on edge, banding. Well, the paint's all dry and I've moved it inside.. It was just too blindingly white out in the sunlight and I couldn't see anything.. I want the drawers to slide in and out really smoothly. The key to doing that on wooden runners is to polish them using a paste wax.. I'M going to use this wax sent to me by my friend Linn.. She makes her own using linseed oil and beeswax. I'll include a link down in the description. If you'd like to check it out, yourself., It even smells good.. Let me show you how it works., Using a rag I'll, just wipe this onto those rails.. You can even put it on the paint. And I'll put it on the bottom of the drawers too.. Once it's dried for about 5 or 10 minutes, you can start buffing. It with a clean rag. Having drawers slide that easily is very satisfying.
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