A drop-leaf coffee table, end table and corner table in the classic Queen Anne style
Begin by measuring the drawer openings to double-check the drawer sizes against the List of Materials...then cut all Drawer components to size, as required. Plan to leave a 1/16" space on the Drawer Sides and Tops to provide room for the Drawers to move in and out freely. Remember, the Drawer Fronts are larger than the openings to allow for 3/8" rabbets on the insides to recess the Fronts.
Drilling Drawer Front Sockets
Lay out the joinery on a piece of identically-sized scrap stock. Remember, this piece must be EXACTLY the same thickness and width as the Drawer Fronts (length isn't critical).
Using the Horizontal Boring set-up, use your Miter Gauge as a guide and sliding position controller. Working with a 5/8" Brad Point Drill Bit, clamp stop blocks in the Miter Gauge slots to limit the travel of the Miter Gauge when drilling the upper and lower side sockets (See Fig. 15). Use an easily-removable 1" long wooden spacer to fit between your Stop and the Miter Gauge Bar to position the center hole. All three hole positions MUST be EXACTLY symmetrical from the center of the width of the front and no more than 1/64" away from the edge of the rabbet.
Fig. 15. Set-up for drilling the Drawer Front joinery.
Use your trial piece of stock with the joinery laid out on it to set up the stops on the exact centers and drill the 1/2" deep test sockets.
Once all is set precisely, position the Rip Fence as a back stop and set your drilling depth-of-cut to the exact thickness of the sides. Drill all sockets in the ends of the first Drawer Front (See Fig. 16). Reposition the Fence and Depth Stop accordingly and drill the Sockets in the second Front. DO NOT CHANGE THIS SET-UP...it will be used later!
Fig. 16. Drilling the Sockets in the Drawer Front ends.
Cutting Drawer Side Pins
Lay an end of a Front piece on a stack of corresponding Side pieces that have been taped together in perfect alignment and hold the Front piece firmly against the end of the taped-together sides. Align the bottom of the sides with the bottom rabbeted edge of the Front and trace the positions of the sockets onto the top side of the stack of Sides (See Fig 17.)
Fig. 17. Trace the sockets on the stack of Sides
Pad saw all of the Drawer Sides to the traced sockets using your Bandsaw with a 1/8" Blade. Be sure to stay on the OUTSIDES of your lines.