Build a Multidrawer Cabinet: Introduction to Half-Blind Dovetails
In the latest episode of our interactive classroom, Gochnour shows how to begin laying out this type of joint.
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Author, woodworker, and teacher Chris Gochnour goes step-by-step through the construction of a versatile Shaker-style 12-drawer wall cabinet. Watch the process on video and download the plan. To ask a question about this project, talk to David Heim, managing editor of FineWoodworking.Com, in the Ask the Experts forum.
PART TWO: Cut Precise Dadoes and Rabbets
The success of a project like this depends on meticulous layout, measurement, and joinery. In this episode, see how Gochnour cuts precise dadoes and rabbets to create a case that will hold a dozen evenly spaced drawers.
PART THREE: Step-by-Step Case Glue-Up and Assembly
Instruction to execute this complex glue up. Gochnour shares insightful tips and techniques along the way.
PART FOUR: Construct a Frame-and-Panel Back
Use mortise-and-tenon joints to make a frame that holds a simple, flat back panel.
PART FIVE: Quick and Easy Drawers
This episode covers the assembly-line part of the project. Learn how to cut tongue-and-groove joints that let you assemble sturdy drawers in short order.
PART SIX: A Shaker Peg Board
The Shakers used wall-mounted pegs to hold many things, including cabinets like this. In this episode, Gochnour covers some of the finer points of making a modern-day peg board.
PART SEVEN: Introduction to Dovetails
The three segments in this part show you how to take the joinery to the next level.
Introduction: Tools, Techniques, Layout
Laying Out and Cutting the Tails
Laying Out and Cutting the Pins
PART EIGHT: Introduction to Half-Blind Dovetails
Here, Gochnour begins the first of two lessons on how to lay out and cut half-blind dovetails.
PART NINE: Completing Half-Blind Dovetails The conclusion of the lessons on dovetails. If you make one dovetailed drawer per day, by the time you’ve; finished the dozen drawers, you will have mastered the dovetail.