As a woodworker in Tucson I receive a wide variety of requests to custom design and craft specialty projects. This was one of the more unusual. The client needed a cabinet to store his large and growing comic book collection.
Working with the client, I came up with a six drawer design in cherry with a walnut stain to blend with the color scheme of the other furniture in the room where the cabinet was to be placed. The challenge in this project was to get as near perfect a fit as possible for all six cabinet drawer fronts. The key is precision in squaring up the main case of the cabinet, making identical alignments in fixing each drawer front onto each interior drawer assembly, making identical drawer interiors and mounting the drawer slides to achieve exact clearances between the drawer fronts and the cabinet sides.
This type of work inspires a lot of respect for professional cabinet makers. We decided on interiors made from poplar with dovetail joints. I made partitions that can be moved between slots on the drawer slides to support different depths of stacked comics. All the interior pieces are finished in blonde shellac. The drawers run on self closing slides rated at 50 pounds plus. All show surfaces are top coated with satin urethane.