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Project by Matt posted 09-19-2006 04:12 AM 4683 views 14 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son’s clothes were scattered between two different chest of drawers. Both chests were o.k. but not much to look at or easy for him to open either. The time came to build something worthwhile for him and perhaps something that will be passed from family member to family member over the years. I’ve never worked with Cherry before, so I decided this was the project to experiment with. The body is made of No.1 Common Cherry and the drawers are of made of poplar. I used sliding dovetails to attach the drawer rails to the sides and another first for me was in the construction of the drawers. For this project I decided it was time to try my hand at handcut dovetails. I was so nervous I was going to mess up the pieces I chose for the drawer fronts, but I had been practicing for about a month so I knew it was now or never, they turned out great. I’m very proud of this project and couldn’t wait to share this with you.

-- Straight grains & sharp blades





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#1 posted 09-19-2006 05:19 AM

Good job on the dovetails! Hope we get to see a picture after the cherry goes red.

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#2 posted 09-22-2006 03:46 AM

I think this turned out great. Clean design, with great little details. Something your son will be passing on no doubt. Kudo’s on doing the dovetails by hand, you should be proud. I voted this as one of my favorites in the summer contest! I can’t tell by the pictures, what color/finish are the pulls?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#3 posted 09-22-2006 04:29 AM

Thank you to both of you for the great comments, they are really appreciated. To answer your question Scott, about the pulls, they’re a solid black porcelain. I knew I wanted something dark against the natural color of the cherry. I considered a few metal pulls but they seemed cold, these were just right.
Thanks again for the compliments, I still can’t help but stand and stare at it from time to time.

-- Straight grains & sharp blades

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#4 posted 04-15-2007 01:50 AM

I remember the podcasts about this. I’m glad I came across the original LJ post. Thanks for sharing Matt.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 04-16-2007 05:08 AM

Thanks Wayne,

I really wish I had documented the whole process a little bit more. But I have a feeling it would have taken twice as long to build.

-- Straight grains & sharp blades

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#6 posted 05-03-2007 01:33 AM

Matt -

This is such a cool project and something that Aiden will treasure in the future. I love the dovetail work. Outstanding!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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#7 posted 05-03-2007 03:06 AM

Wow Matt, when an outstanding example of woodworking like this pops up it really makes me thankful for the shuffle. Just beautiful, beautiful workmanship. The dovetails are awesome. So glad I got to revisit this beaut.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#8 posted 06-12-2007 03:51 AM

Shuffle is a great feature!

Great chest. I’m working on two now and hope they come out half as well as yours did!

Beautiful!

-- Paul, Texas

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mot

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#9 posted 06-12-2007 04:30 AM

Shuffle is great, as is Pulse. Great chest. The halfblinds are great! A real piece of craftmanship!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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WayneC

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#10 posted 06-12-2007 05:16 AM

Shuffle would really be great if it could get Matt to put down the microphone and come commune with us for an evening…. Hint Hint….lol

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Matt

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#11 posted 06-13-2007 04:52 AM

Thanks for all the very nice things you’ve all said. I recently showed this to a neighbor who shares the wood working bug. He called me a few names and walked out! On his way out he mumbled something about being a showoff…

-- Straight grains & sharp blades

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WayneC

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#12 posted 06-13-2007 05:15 AM

Lol. Good to see ya again. Hopefully the weekend was not too stressful. Missing the tool show was a bummer. I’ve seen some pictures of it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#13 posted 06-13-2007 05:23 AM

Great Job Matt. I’m hoping that it was well received.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#14 posted 04-25-2008 05:51 PM

You’ve got to be carefull working cherry. Once you start down that slippery slope, you may never look and another wood the same again…

Excellent dovetails!!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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Matt

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#15 posted 04-25-2008 09:04 PM

This requires a different 12-step program…”Hi my name is Matt and the only thing I want to build with is Cherry….”

-- Straight grains & sharp blades

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