My first chest of drawers (small)

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Blog entry by Jimthecarver posted 04-04-2008 04:37 AM 1664 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this small chest of drawers from scrap wood that was just laying around the shop. It started with a phone call from my Dad. He had explained that he needed a small chest with 3 drawers to fit between the beds in his fifth wheel trailor. The measurements of 14.5” X 18” X 27” was a tight fit so I decided to use the space wisely and not have an overhang on the top.
I decided to use the Herring bone pattern on the top to use up a few small scrap pieces of Oak and Maple,(I didnt have a pieceof wood that was large enough for the top) So when all else fails go for it and get a little bit creative.
I used simple tongue and groove style guides for the drawers and box joints for the drawer construction.
I needed to think of a way to make a stop to keep the drawers from coming out to far but be able to take them out if needed, remember lol….this is my first and I’m kinda winging it w/o plans.
So I cut a small notch in the tongue about an inch from the end for the stop pin to drop into.
Photobucket And made the stop on a pivit with a spring under it to keep just slight pressure on the tongue.
I stained it with Golden Oak to match other cabinets, I’m not a big fan of stain I would rather enjoy the ture color of the wood.
Next step is to get the finish applied then deliver it to Dad almost 6 hours away…but it will be worth it to see the smile. Thanks for looking

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#1 posted 04-04-2008 04:48 AM


This is a nice chest. And I really like the top of it. The herringbone pattern adds a lot of interest to the piece. Very innovative solution on the drawers too.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#2 posted 04-04-2008 05:11 AM

great work. Sometimes it is more fun to work without a written plan. I especially like to top

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#3 posted 04-04-2008 05:13 AM

Hi Jim

Nice looking Chest. Love the top. I am sure your dad will be pleased. Thanks for posting.

God bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 04-04-2008 08:31 AM

Very nice chest. That top is fantastic!

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

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#5 posted 04-04-2008 10:34 AM

Great job on that herringbone top. The whole project is well done.

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#6 posted 04-04-2008 07:41 PM

Very nice. I love the top. I bet he loves it also. It is awesome.

-- Hope Never fails

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#7 posted 04-04-2008 11:03 PM

I wish I had scrap wood that beautiful. Wonderful work.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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#8 posted 04-05-2008 02:13 AM

Wow – great chest. If this is your first project I just imagine how great your going to be. Keep up the good work

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#9 posted 04-06-2008 07:35 AM

Really very nice work there. I especially like the drawer latches.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#10 posted 04-27-2008 02:21 AM

this is a great project and a very clever drawer stop system !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 04-28-2008 11:12 PM

Amazing project! I really loved the top. can someone point me to how to make such gluing? I can’t figure how to clamp this!

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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