Back upstairs I went. I rounded up a notebook and pen and began to work things out. I checked the floor plan and furniture sketch from the Airstream brochure. It showed five drawers in the chest of drawers, and per the floor plan looked to be 18" wide and 17" deep/long. The height had to be less than 36" because that's the height of the bottom of the window it sits in front of. Those gave some design constraints/guidelines for the design. Nearly an hour later I had a page filled with a couple of crude sketches, a lot of numbers, and some vague notes.
|My rough sketch and calculations|
With that bit of design finished, I descended again to the basement to begin work. That's when I opened my newly-purchased Kreg pocket-hole jig and read the instructions. It uses some specific screws, and while it came with some as a "starter" selection, I needed more to complete more than a single drawer. I thought I could get started on some other aspects first, only to discover I also lacked sufficiently-short nails/tacks to use to attach the square dowel that is needed for supporting the drawer bottom, and for the rails (runner/kicker) that will support the drawers in the case. And I had done some math wrong, and needed a 1" x 6" rather than a 1" x 8" for the sides. Oops. Another run to the store entered my evening. Tomorrow, work will actually begin. Sigh.