Lingerie Chest Sketchup Design

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Blog entry by Blake posted 12-09-2008 08:59 PM 2829 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another design popped into my head yesterday and I couldn’t help Sketching it out. This is my idea for a Lingerie Chest. What do you think?

I might do this one in all cherry with no contrasting woods. This would let the design speak for itself and be more subtle. I have not made any concrete decisions yet for wood choices.

I don’t know when I will start this but I thought I would post the design anyway. I’m already knee-deep in projects right now.

It certainly goes along with the theme I have been working in lately:

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-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 12-09-2008 09:00 PM

cool, Blake. I like contrasting woods.

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#2 posted 12-09-2008 09:02 PM

Very unique—hard to tell but are the drawer fronts curved or just cut on an angle to appear curved?

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#3 posted 12-09-2008 09:04 PM

They would be curved.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#4 posted 12-09-2008 09:09 PM

I like it!

How about stability when a drawer is open?


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#5 posted 12-09-2008 09:11 PM

I was just thinking about that. Weight concentration will be a big consideration. I will keep the drawer fronts light and the back and bottom panels heavier. It might even need a little ballast in the bottom of the case.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 12-09-2008 09:43 PM

Very cool design I am not sure on stability though.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#7 posted 12-09-2008 09:51 PM

The laminated legs would also be thicker than it appears in the drawing. At least 1” by 1”.

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#8 posted 12-09-2008 10:48 PM

Very nice design, I was going to suggest you “beefed” up the legs a little. Blind dovetails on the drawer fronts and through dovetails on the backs.

You should make a mock-up of the legs to test for strength, the lower crossover looks like it might be a problem with strength, (even with 1” thick legs) when it has the weight of the drawers and their contents.

You might want to consider veneering the drawer fronts (cherry veneer on cherry main wood, unless you can get cherry boards which are really wide), so you get a matching uninterrupted grain pattern, which would be very striking indeed. As for the secondary wood, think about Aspen or Birch both provide a stable light hardwood and provide a good contrast with cherry to show off the dovetails.

Think about 1/2” material for the case and drawer fronts and 3/8” material for the drawer sides & backs – it will reduce the weight considerably and add to the delicacy of the piece, it may also aid the stability. Again for this you should make a mock up to test the stability with the top drawer fully open and loaded with chocolates (at least thats where my wife keeps her secret supply).

On the finish you might consider leaving it unstained, but go for a high gloss finish, maybe even French polishing, which would really enhance the piece and make it stand out even more than the design does at the moment.

I look forward to seeing this one come to fruition

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#9 posted 12-10-2008 01:36 AM

Great looking design there Blake… I’ll be very interested to see a blog of the build (especially legs)

Tony gave some great advice..As an absolute amateur at furniture design I would not have thought about some of the points he made.

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#10 posted 12-10-2008 02:25 AM


Another fantastic design! I really like the shape and the delicate nature of this piece perfect for what it is meant to hold. Don’t know what you were think regarding the construction of the bowed front and top but you could laminate the substrate (poplar) and then veneer over the front as Tony suggested with the grain running matched vertically. The substrate would be the same shape cut out several times to give you the width of the drawer fronts and the back of the case for that matter. I really hope you decide to build this. As I mentioned on the phone I really like the all cherry version. Also, if I were building this I would construct the legs first then take the curve for the case sides/front and back from the finished laminations vs. the other way around since you will experience slight spring back as you know from your other bent lamination projects.

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#11 posted 12-10-2008 02:34 AM

Well, I got here after everyone else voiced my concerns. I really love this design but second the need for beefier legs. Really great, Blake.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 12-10-2008 02:48 AM

Designing is so fun. Working out the details will come the further you get into it. Initial shape and concept is fantastic!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#13 posted 12-10-2008 03:02 AM

Very cool design. I hope you build this baby, just so I can see the finished product ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#14 posted 12-10-2008 03:53 AM

beefy legs, lingerie, curves, chest…it’s bound to get lots of hits in a google search.

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#15 posted 12-10-2008 04:58 AM

Blake – you are certainly full of ideas. Wish I’d get some like that! I think it’s a great idea. I do go along with the others and think the legs need to be beefier. I’m wondering if you could incorporate wrot (I know that is not spelled right) iron legs with the wooden case.

Can’t wait to see you bring this to life!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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