We have been working on fabricating the door fronts, but wanted to post a quick update and pictures of the 2 "end pillars" with their drawers in place.
Here is a short video stream showing the drawer stop/release mechanism at work.
Just a couple of quick images to show the completed installation of both the hand-fitted drawer runners underneath each drawer, as well the upper guides and horizontal anchor rails as above each drawer, making traditional drawer ‘down-pitch’ a distant memory.
Also shown are both drawer retention systems being installed using mortise and floating tenons and secured with high-performance wood glue.
Our shop took some time to design a custom, hand-fabricated permanent drawer retention/release system for this customer’s sideboard drawers.
At the owner’s whim, it simultaneously affords the secure retention OR quick release of either drawer.
Many commercially available cheap plastic drawer stops either severely limit drawer extension, hampering the complete visibility of their contents, or else the drawer begins to severely pitch downward as it is extended out, placing the contents in jeopardy of spilling.
Our company’s mechanism keeps drawer contents safe from ever spilling through the accidental removal of the drawer from its tracks, yet also allows its quick removal for cleaning or maintenance, etc.
Our device also supports the drawers’ full travel along their tracks, while maintaining nearly a completely horizontal attitude along its full travel length.
Just a quick image of the Maple and Tulipwood stock marked with a felt-tip pen to allow immediate assessment of how flat the jointed face is with each pass.
Once the ‘wave’ pattern has been machined away, the board is dead-flat on that face. It will then be run through the carbide helix-headed planer, which both planes the opposite face parallel (and dead-flat) and shaves each board to the plan’s final thickness dimension with a glass-smooth finish (a nice dividend of the equipment).
When this process is complete, the boards are then cut to final width and length, a drawer bottom channel is cut into the two sides and front and the precisely cut pieces are then assembled into the two drawers (one left side, one right side) shown in the plans and photograph.