After much delay, the drawer for the dovetailed plant stand is done. It’s about time, too, as the table has been finished for a while.
I think part of the delay was caused by apparently sharpening the 1/2 inch blade on my router plane slightly out of square. That made the rabbets on the drawer a PITA to get perfectly parallel. In the end, the glue up/nailing took some coercion.
The drawer fits snugly on the sides, with no wracking whatsoever. I imagine it will wear down against the runners overtime , so I set the nails slightly. The vertical fit is not so perfect: about 1/16 inch between the top of the drawer and the underside of the tabletop (due to removing the slight twist in the fully-assembled drawer).
I don’t have a picture, but the 1/4 inch birch ply drawer bottom fits into a groove I plowed with my router plane. It was also a PITA, but you make due in an apartment woodworking shop with what you have. The router plane fence attachment worked fine, but the fence itself could be wider. I’ll attach a wood extension.
I ultimately decided against adding a veneer to cover the rabbets, partly because of laziness but mostly because the piece will be finished with Milk Paint. I think a base coat of Seagull Grey, a single top coat of Antique White, and some paste wax will do just fine.
It’s a function piece, after all.