Hepplewhite Chest of Drawers

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Project by Len posted 12-25-2008 11:28 PM 2618 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project appears a little daunting, because of all the fine detail in the final product. It was a challenge, but that’s how we grow!
Primary material is mahogany; the carcass top, bottom, and back are mahogany plywood. The drawer “strings” are maple, and the cock beading on the drawers was cut from mahogany, and inset when the drawers were done.
The more challenging the project, the more satisfying it is when done!

-- Len Rogers

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#1 posted 12-25-2008 11:34 PM

Well done great Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#2 posted 12-26-2008 12:15 AM

Nice looking chest.
Just as a positive critique. It appears from the photograph that you did not use a grain filler. On mahogany used for a “fine” piece of furniture like this you get a better looking finish if you use a grain filler before applying the finish. However some people like to see the porous texture of the wood. A similar situation can occur on other woods; red oak being one.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 12-26-2008 04:35 AM

Great job!

The feet seem unusual to me. Is that your own design or copied from a piece in this style?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 12-26-2008 05:05 AM

Exquisite detail and design. You did a beautiful job on this piece. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 12-26-2008 05:52 PM

very nice!!

-- Martin, Gatineau, Québec

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#6 posted 12-26-2008 06:13 PM

Beautiful piece , the detail work is great. You did a very good build on this piece also

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#7 posted 12-27-2008 02:36 AM

Thank you for your nice compliments!
The original piece was featured in Fine Woodworking some years ago, and included in a compilation book a couple of years ago. The plans are available from “Tools for Working Wood”, either from the internet, or by phone to their “800” number. (Their service is terrific, by the way.)
The feet are a little different, Charlie. They’re upwardly sliced on the bandsaw, soaked in water for flexibility, then a curved wedge is driven into the slice and glued in place. The result is a nice curved line up the leg.
Les, you’re right about a grain filler, but I’m sorry you missed it on this piece. There’s definitely grain filler there, but you have to be careful with that stuff! Too much, and you can’t get enough off to show the grain; too little, it doesn’t do the job. I think there’s just enough—but it took a lot of scraping to get off the excess.

-- Len Rogers

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#8 posted 12-27-2008 06:09 AM

Nice job. have you ever used Pumice and Danish Oil as a grain filler. It does a great job. I put some japan dryer in the Danish Oil so it will harden up and gingerly scrape off the surface after the pumice and Danish Oil has hardened. The pumice is like transparent glass so the pores are there but the surface is smooth.

Try it. Hobbyist may never have used heard of it, but Professional finishers have. The man who is finishing TChisles tiger maple chest even referred to doing that in the video that Tom posted a few days ago.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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