I've been reading a very interesting article in the August 2001 issue of Fine Woodworking (pp. 66-69). This article describes NK-style drawer construction, which was invented by the Swedish Nordiska Kompaniet in the early 1900s (thus the style name).
I won't try to fully describe the differences between conventional drawer construction and this style; I hope a number of members of this forum also read FW and, perhaps, have considered this article. In brief, it describes a different way of constructing drawers. The drawer bottom is built first, consisting of a plywood bottom panel with two hardwood runners at the edges, into which the panel is rabbetted. This allows easy fitting of the bottom to the carcase or frame, and provides a good way of providing a large bearing surface for the runners. The body of the draw is built after the bottom is made and fitted, as a 4-sided box which is glued onto the bottom.
This style looks like it could be adapted to boat joinery very well. I'd guess the results would be superior to conventional construction (as, say, described in Bingham).
Has anyone in the forum looked at this technique? Used it already, or a variant, and think of it as old hat? Know why it would work well, or poorly? Adapted it for boats?
I'm rather taken with the technique. I'll be constructing the drawers and storage for Ceol Mor this winter, and I'll likely use an adaption of this technique aimed at boats - specifically, some means of positively retaining the drawers. Of course, if someone out there can save me the trouble of thinking for myself...