LumberJocks

Concave Chest of Drawers #1: Getting Started

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Blake posted 1999 days ago 3194 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Concave Chest of Drawers series no next part

I started my next project based on an idea I got from a gorgeous piece of maple that I had laying around which I found when I cleaned out my shop recently. The board was an impulse buy several months ago. I didn’t have a use in mind for it when I bought it. It was 6’ long, almost 10” wide and a little over 1/2” thick.

This is the design I came up with for a Concave Chest of Drawers:

Some of the Features will change as I start building, especially on the structure of the legs. Also the ugly knobs are just placeholders. My Sketchup drawings are really just a “Sketch” to give me a visual idea of space, proportion, and design ideas.

I didn’t take a very good photo of the board before I started chopping it up, but it has a lot of figure.

Chopping it into the four sides:

The first “sneak peak” to get a sense of space and size:

I decided to keep the joinery simple. I cut the finger joints on my router table and Incra fence.

Here are the finger joints:

And the dry-fit:

I used a cutoff of the maple, piece of string, and a few clamps to draw the arcs (the depth of the arc was just determined by what looked good when I tightened the string):

I love carpet tape! And here I am using it to attach the top and bottom before cutting out the arc.

I cut the arc on the bandsaw:

And cleaned it up a bit with the spindle sander. (The other pencil line you see here was where I originally drew the arc but decided to put it on the other side because the wood had a better face)...

The last “sneak peak”... (in this photo you can start to see some of the figure in the maple)

I plan on making Bent-laminations for the five drawer fronts. The drawers will be about 2.5” tall with lots of dividers for jewelry. I have not decided on wood for the legs yet. They will probably not be as contrasting as the Sketchup design above. The drawer fronts will be maple as requested by my wife… (“its for me, right?”)

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com



17 comments so far

View scarpenter002's profile

scarpenter002

466 posts in 2529 days


#1 posted 1999 days ago

Blake,
Wow, looks like a good start. I look forward to pictures of the drawer construction.

-- Scott in Texas

View HAP HANSON's profile

HAP HANSON

45 posts in 2436 days


#2 posted 1999 days ago

Blake as always nice project!

-- Doc Hanson

View Scott Bryan's profile

Scott Bryan

27251 posts in 2446 days


#3 posted 1999 days ago

As usual I can see that you simply cannot resist a challenge. Your progress on this piece is looking pretty good. This is going to be another interesting series.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

View Martell's profile

Martell

11 posts in 2000 days


#4 posted 1999 days ago

Great idea. I like finger joints, as much as dovetails.

-- Martell

View Todd A. Clippinger's profile

Todd A. Clippinger

8768 posts in 2723 days


#5 posted 1999 days ago

I love your vision for this piece. The wood is “speaking” to you. That is your designs are inspired by the wood itself. You have got it Blake.

Was just talking about you with Thos. Angle this morning and showed him your piece.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

View PetVet's profile

PetVet

329 posts in 2111 days


#6 posted 1999 days ago

This is going to be a great project, looking forward to the next installment!

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

View Paul's profile

Paul

649 posts in 2716 days


#7 posted 1999 days ago

Beautiful wood. I can see why it was an impulse buy.

-- Paul, Texas

View Beginningwoodworker's profile

Beginningwoodworker

13337 posts in 2297 days


#8 posted 1999 days ago

Nice job, Blake!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

View Kindlingmaker's profile

Kindlingmaker

2654 posts in 2150 days


#9 posted 1999 days ago

Great step by step photos! Looks like your project will be an eye catcher!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

View David's profile

David

1970 posts in 2763 days


#10 posted 1999 days ago

Blake -

As always, a very cool project underway! This will be a fun project blog to follow.

David

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

View Karson's profile

Karson

34869 posts in 3024 days


#11 posted 1999 days ago

Blake It’s got a great shape. Are you veneering the drawer fronts or laminating solid wood?

The wood is spectacular.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

View cylis007's profile

cylis007

56 posts in 2093 days


#12 posted 1999 days ago

It looks like it is coming along great. It is already very impressive. Keep up the good work!

-- A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave. ~Benjamin Franklin

View GaryK's profile

GaryK

10262 posts in 2612 days


#13 posted 1999 days ago

Watch out for spring back when you laminate the drawer faces. The thicker the lamination’s the more spring back.

You might want to make the face layer thicker to allow you to “tune” it later.

Or do all the drawers exactly the same and then make the case match them.

It’s just about impossible to predict the exact amount of curve you will end up with.

Good luck

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

View 's profile

593 posts in 2596 days


#14 posted 1998 days ago

I’m glad you didn’t quit. The world doesn’t deserve to be deprived of your talent. Thank you Blake.

View Bill Akins's profile

Bill Akins

421 posts in 2322 days


#15 posted 1997 days ago

So far so good. Nnice series of photos, can’t wait for the finished product.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

showing 1 through 15 of 17 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase