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The following video shows how I outfitted a desk drawer. It includes placing the mortise lock and creating a pencil/pen trough. The placement of the lock is facilitated by prior modeling of the actual hardware. Early In a furniture project, I typically order my hardware. This gives me the opportunity of modeling it and including in the SketchUp file. In this way mortises and recesses are accurate in the model before I go to the shop.
In this particular desk, the drawer front is extra thick to account for the deep recess for the embedded handle pull. This thickness allows a mortise lock. Normally my drawer locks are not fully mortised rather recessed into the back face of the drawer front.
Here is a picture of the desk with the end drawer partially withdrawn. Note the drawer lock and the pen/pencil trough.
Here is the model of the mortise lock.
And here is the model of the trough.
In the video, I incorrectly drew the trough at full depth of the drawer. Nevertheless, the procedure is and steps for SketchUp are correct.
Here is the shop construction……
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RalphBarker: thanks, I tried hard to replicate Modesto Ash. The trough is old growth redwood, and the drawer bottom is sugar pine.
The surface texture in the last drawing is very realistic, Tim. ;-)
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