I'm going to add some drawers to the reloading bench this summer. Partly to help me organize stuff and partly to learn how to use that PC dovetail jig that's been sitting on the shelf awhile now. I don't want to get into how long exactly, but it does predate Ned's shop. I've never made a drawer at all, jig or no jig.
I'm thinking to make them out of plywood for the invisible parts (sides, bottoms, backs) and maybe some soft maple for the fronts (I have a little maple on hand). Right now, the only router I have is a PC8529 plunge, 2.25 hp that mostly lives in the table. I would like to get a fixed base router, especially for the dovetail jig, but I don't know if it is in the budget. If I can squeeze one out, how important is variable speed for a fixed base unit that is a 2nd router? Would one of those Hitachi 2.25 fixed base units do well? Or would it be easier somehow to use a PC router with the PC jig?
Next, what should I be reading and thinking about as I contemplate drawers? I feel like the biggest newbie here as far as actually using my tools.