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Pen chest in quilted makore

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Project by Louis posted 55 days ago 854 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve built this a few years ago during a woodworking class. The chest has seven drawers and can hold 98 pens. Each drawer is 1 1/4 inch high and has two handcut dovetails on each side. I can tell you that this has consumed a lot of the build time!

The face is outlined with wenge and the drawer pulls are also made of wenge. The carcass of the chest is mitered and reinforced with biscuits. The back panel, not shown, is plywood and is veneered with quilted makore from the same board. This was done just so that I could practice the maximum techniques possible.

The drawer slides are made of purpleheart and are held by brass screws; the only metal in the chest.

As for the finish, it was a coat of tung oil followed by a few coats of wipe-on poly.

I had bought a 7.5 PMP board for this. Notice how the grain for the drawer lines up throughout. It was a big and heavy board which cost me purple toe. Yeah, you know the thing, like your wife says, “don’t leave it there, someone will hurt himself/herself”. To which one replies, “nah it´s fine, it´s only for a short time”. Well, she was right and I ended up with a big toe turning purple. Makore board 1, toe 0.





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Cricket

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#1 posted 55 days ago

It’s beautiful, Louis! Do people have 98 pens? (grin)

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#2 posted 55 days ago

Don’t know about others, but I’m getting close…

Thanks by the way :)

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#3 posted 55 days ago

Very nicely done—beautiful wood grain on front.

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#4 posted 55 days ago

Very Nice Work Indeed Louis. Thanks For Sharing.

Rick

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#5 posted 55 days ago

Beautiful.

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#6 posted 55 days ago

Wow a real beauty to store some great work…. Very nice.

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#7 posted 54 days ago

I would not use this myself for pens because as soon as I make one ( a pen that is) I have it already made with someone in mind.I think this is a really beautiful chest of small drawers though one of the truly very best I love it and I could see my lovely wife Bronwen using it in her office.I thank you for sharing in fact if you have any more pics please post them Your pal Alistair

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mcoyfrog

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#8 posted 54 days ago

Awsome, I don’t think i’ve ever seen makore, I’m gonna go try and find some soon. Beautiful work and great job

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Louis

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#9 posted 54 days ago

Thanks everyone for the nice comments.

Added some details to the text.

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Thrakintosh

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#10 posted 51 days ago

Only 98? I’d need three. ;-)

Beautiful job!

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#11 posted 49 days ago

Very nice, the finish is great looking.

CtL

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