This is my first furniture grade woodworking project that I have done in about 10 years. The chest is dry fit together in my basement. I brought all the pieces in from my cold, northern ohio, un-insulated barn. I created my own plans based off of pictures in another post on LJ and from a picture of a similar chest on the L&JG Stickley website. It is made from Walnut that my father-in-law gave me. He figured that it had been drying in his barn for longer than I’ve been alive. Lots of knots, cracks, and checking to work around. However, the price was right. I did leave a couple of loose knots in the side panels for added character and because they were otherwise too nice of pieces to cut up. I saved the best lumber for the drawer fronts.
Total investment so far is $42.
I’m also still looking for hardware. The pulls I like are $20 each. I’m too cheap to spend that much.
-- Greg - For the benefit and enjoyment of the people