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Shaker chest of drawers in soft maple for my son

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Project by AnthonyT posted 12-06-2014 05:14 PM 1013 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well this was my first shot at a shaker inspired dresser and at hand cut joinery. I wanted to make something that was a tribute to woodworking in the mid 1800s. I think it’s close but with some modern touches. The carcass and drawer fronts are made from soft maple (some figured/curly) and the drawer sides are beech. The back panel is a beech frame with maple ply. The interior frame parts are all mortis and tennoned (24 joints total). The upper drawer center divider has sliding dovetails. The bottom skirt and all drawers have blind dovetails. I might go a little thicker on the dovetail pins next time for the drawers. Overall it turned out well, defiantly not perfect, after like 80 hours of work. My hopes are that it lasts long after me.

-- Measure once cut twice and if it's still too short cut it again.





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#1 posted 12-06-2014 10:49 PM

very nice looking chest

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#2 posted 12-06-2014 11:13 PM

I like it! I made some legs for my dining room chair of soft maple. It looks a little odd but it works. The “curly” stuff you used looks like curly hard maple to me. I like working with beech too. Why did you pick those woods, may I ask?

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#3 posted 12-07-2014 04:33 PM

Well being new to the design and joinery I went with a cheaper material. Some of it was from a second purchase which had some shade variance. The beech was from my dads stock pile. For future projects I will be using more cherry.

-- Measure once cut twice and if it's still too short cut it again.

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#4 posted 12-07-2014 07:32 PM

Cherry’s my favorite. It does everything well. And the pieces I made a few years ago are turning a nice color. Good luck and welcome to LJ. Nice bunch of people here. I have never been stumped trying to work something out.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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