Tabletop Display Chest of Drawers

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Project by Paul posted 05-03-2007 09:18 PM 5144 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I mess around with collecting old tools and old fishing tackle. I made three of these to sell/trade at an antique fishing tackle show I attended last weekend. (Sold two) The folks that set up next to me at the show called it an artifact chest and suggested I make more and attend artifact shows (native american axe heads, arrow points, etc.) I left the lining,
padding, etc. for the drawers up to the buyer Approximately 12”x12”x24”

Stained red oak and red oak plywood, pine as the secondary wood on the drawers. This was my “guinea pig” project for testing out my new Porter Cable dovetail jig for the half-blind dovetails. It worked pretty well. Yet, it’s all about being careful each time in the set-up to get a tight fit. You can see that the drawer slide system is wood runners mounted inside the chest and a dado cut in the sides of the drawers to accomodate the runners. The drawers are interchangeable for rotating displays of collectables to be seen through the top glass as desired.

A fun project of my own design but based on the principle of collectables coffee tables and map chests that I’ve viewed in the past.

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#1 posted 05-03-2007 09:37 PM

Excellent project. I really like the drawer slides and the idea of making them interchangable for display purposes. Not to be nosey, but did you get what you were asking for them?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#2 posted 05-03-2007 09:42 PM

Nice chest! I mad a similar one without the clear top and used the same drawer glide design. You really gotta be careful to line everything up just right, don’t you? :-)

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

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#3 posted 05-03-2007 09:49 PM

oscorner – Let me put it this way, I got what I charged, but I wouldn’t get what I would need to charge if I was a solo professional running a business for a living. Or in order to be a professional and charge what I charged, I would have to become much more time efficient.

Charlie – Oh yeah! on being careful placing the slides. I misplaced the middle slides on all three by 1/16” because there were uneven gaps between the drawers. (tightjaw! errrrg!)

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#4 posted 05-04-2007 12:32 AM

Hi Paul,

nice cabinet ; the dovetails are perfect.

Send us a picture when it’s fully loaded


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#5 posted 05-04-2007 04:35 AM

Beautiful piece Paul. I really like this kind of display case and you did great job on it. Can I ask about the dovetails though. Is that stain over them? I can’t quite make out what is happening there.

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

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#6 posted 05-04-2007 05:14 AM

Chip – yes, I taped off the front of the drawers when I stained it. So there’s stain on the taiils of the drawer sides. I probably should have stained the fronts before assembly, and I didn’t take the time to tape off just the tails.

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#7 posted 05-04-2007 05:17 AM

Ahhh, I understand Paul. It’s a beautiful job and I just wasn’t sure what was happening there. Thanks for explaining.

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

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#8 posted 05-04-2007 05:18 AM

Very very nice. I could use a couple. I have both old fishing tackle and old tools.

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

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#9 posted 05-04-2007 06:24 AM

Paul -

Very nice work. I have been struggling with something to build for my son’s Revolutionary War and Civil War relic collection. This might be the ticket. Thanks for posting this project!


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#10 posted 05-04-2007 07:31 AM

Very nice work!

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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#11 posted 05-04-2007 05:48 PM

David – yes, folks at the tackle show said it would work for artifacts/relics

Thanks for the kind words everyone!

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#12 posted 05-06-2007 04:15 AM

Very unique you are very talented. keep up the good work. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 07-12-2007 05:56 AM

Mark, I thought you had left us. I kept looking for you smiley face and found you hinging behind your chop saw. LOL

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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