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FIG. 4: DRAWER SLIP PROFILES

Make the drawer slips and bottom.

The dimensions of the drawer slips depend on their profile. Of the several choices shown in Fig. 4, the flush slip is the simplest to make but the most exacting to fit. Cut the slips from the same quartcrsawn material as the drawer sides, and saw the groove in each slip.

For the bottom, glue up quartcrsawn wood about '/4 in. thick. When the glue dries, smooth-plane the bottom and saw it square and to finished width, allowing 3/16 in. for a tongue at the front and about '/4 in. extra at the back. (See Fig. 3.) Note: The length of a drawer bottom is in the direction of the grain, whereas the length of the drawer itself is measured from the front to the back.

The drawer bottom has a rabbet on three sides, forming tongues. With flush slips, the side tongues are on the underside and the front tongue is on top. Lay out and cut the side rabbets one at a time, making sure they fit the grooves exactly. (See photo, below.) You can rout the rabbets, cut them on the tablcsaw, or plane them with a shoulder plane.

Chasing rabbets. Rabbet one edge of the drawer bottom and fit the slip> then knife the inside width of the drawer Now you can lay out the final length of the bottom and the other side rabbet.

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