Harry and the drawer fit.

On his return from the Christmas break Harry is straight into the intense process of drawer making and fitting. The traditional technique we use has been passed down from generation to generation of master craftsman. One day I plan to make a video detailing the technique but I guess there is an argument that when you run a furniture making school you should keep some of your secrets for those that invest the time and money to attend the courses.

I’m not going to detail the full process here but I will share some images of Harry getting stuck in.

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Harry starts by fitting the drawer backs to the drawer openings at the front of the carcase.

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He uses a shooting board and is aiming for absolute accuracy. A few shavings too many at this stage and the drawers will never be that perfect piston fit. The tolerances during drawer making and fitting are tiny so sharp tools, a high level of skill and the ability to be patient at the critical times are essential.

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And when the drawer backs are fitted its time to do the same for the drawer fronts…

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As you can see Harry has the grain running across multiple drawer fronts. If he doesn’t get this right the eyes will pick up on it in a flash and it just won’t look right.

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So far so good. Harry is quickly becoming an quick and accurate furniture maker. We expect good things from Harry.

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