I recently built a chest of drawers base on a Shaker example from Hancock Shaker Village. The seven drawers of the chest have overhangs planed into the ends and top edge. The front of the drawer faces also have a simple molded edge.
I used a process I call gang planing on the end grain rabbets and molding profile. I really do not know if this is a common practice historically (I don’t recall seeing this anywhere) or not but it definitely is a time saver.
It is common practice to plane the end-grain moldings or rabbets before doing the long grain. This process is the same but instead of doing the end grain work on one drawer front at a time, I did two or three. This allows longer strokes and more sole contact with the planes, making accurate results much easier than short runs on end grain.
Will, That makes perfect sense to gang them up for rabbets etc. I will give it a try the next time the occasion arises. Thanks.
Good idea. Like gang ganging drawer sides for tails. I’ll bet at least some of the originals were made this way.