Shaker Single-Drawer Cupboard. Part 2.

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The basic carcase (consisting of parts А, В, C, D, E, F, and G) can now be assembled. Give all parts a thorough sanding, then dry assemble to check for a proper fit up. For the most part, the original piece was assembled with cut nails, a technique that was commonly used. Old-fashioned cut nails can still be purchased today. The Tre-mont Nail Co., Box 111, Warcham, MA 02571 sells what they call a «Fine Finish» nail (no. N-19 standard) that will work well. Order the 4d (1 1/2 in. long) size. To minimize any chance of splitting the wood it’s best to first bore a pilot hole for each nail.

Using the cut nails, first join part С to F. No glue is necessary here since an end grain glue joint has little, if any, strength. Drive the nails (about four are needed) through the top surface of part С and into the top end of F. The driven nails should be flush with the top surface of part C.

Next, part D can be joined to part G using the same technique. In this case, however, the nails are driven into the dado cut in the top surface of part D.
Use four light pipe or bar clamps to temporarily clamp parts CF and DG together. Now add parts A, B, and E, again using the cut nails without glue.
It’s important that the chest be square, so check it at this point. If all looks satisfactory, cut the two dears (H) to size and screw them to the sides as shown. Note the two rear holes are slotted so that when the top (I) is attached, it will be free to expand and contract with changes in humidity. The holes in part В are slotted for the same reason.

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