184 drawers

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Project by Xtreme90 posted 03-22-2015 02:21 AM 6032 views 44 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Previously I posted a project called the Meisenzahl custom cross cut sled. It’s reasoning was for a 184 drawer chest I was in the process of building and needed a very precision sled to cross cut dadoes in my panels. I told you all I would keep you updated on the chest and how it was coming out…

Well here it is… 7 feet tall 3 feet wide of nothing but drawers. The whole exterior case is 3/4 quilted maple ply trimmed with curly black walnut. The drawer fronts are some really unique maple that has it all. Curl, quilt, boil, flame, spalt that really just set the piece off. It’s purpose was to eliminate my plastic containers that holster all my screws, nails, hardware, smalls. The plastic containers just bowled dust over time and honestly started to look outta place with the rest of the shop. All the drawers are the same 4”x3”x12” size for ease of arranging my screw sizes. And they are just the right size to bring it to the piece I’m working on with out it being another nuisance on the bench. I made 184 custom pulls for the drawers that are black walnut with a maple strip. 368 #4×1 brass screws mounting the pulls to each drawer really adds a nice touch too. Everything was prefinished inside and out which almost took as much time as the build. :-)

Below is some pics of the construction. I’m very very happy with my crosscut sled and how accurate these dadoes came out. Everything needed to be dead on or the project would have become a mess real quick.
Hope you all like.

Long sides with dadoes

Gauge blocks. .500 wide .250 deep EXACT

22 horizontal dividers. 14 dadoes in each panel.

Dry fitting everything

Vertical dividers.

Trim trim trim

-- "I don't cut wood. I machine it!" G.M. The wood machinest

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#1 posted 03-22-2015 02:26 AM

WOW! And I thought I was lucky with my two library card catalogs! Incredible project, beautifully executed. I am sure you will be happy with this project’s usefulness – I love mine. But you have BRAGGING RIGHTS!

Well done, sir!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#2 posted 03-22-2015 02:36 AM

That’s one hell of a torsion box! :)

All nuts, bolts, and screws should be so lucky to have such a home. Interested to see if\how you label the drawers.

Looks great.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#3 posted 03-22-2015 02:53 AM

Oh my!

That is truly amazing! I struggle with every drawer I make – this is just astounding! Well done,sir!

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#4 posted 03-22-2015 03:08 AM

Now THAT’s a LOT of drawers! I thought I was making lots of dovetails when I made my 33-drawer cabinet, but it can’t hold a candle to yours!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#5 posted 03-22-2015 03:28 AM

Holy Toledo! That’s a lot of dados. I can appreciate the finishing work too. Tons of surface area with lots of inside corners. I think I’d have to shoot myself. Nice piece though. Almost too nice for a shop.

-- tel

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#6 posted 03-22-2015 03:50 AM

Wow! Thats a piece of work!!

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#7 posted 03-22-2015 04:07 AM

Very well done, looks great.

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#8 posted 03-22-2015 04:16 AM

Wow, that is a labor of love.

Nice job.


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#9 posted 03-22-2015 04:34 AM

I concur WOW,super build.

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#10 posted 03-22-2015 05:17 AM

Holy $%#@*^ ! Incredible.

Thanks for sharing

Bill in MI

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#11 posted 03-22-2015 06:01 AM

What, you didn’t do hand cut dovetails for every drawer? Tsk tsk.

Also, you must have a lot of hardware to need that many drawers.

Looks great though.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#12 posted 03-22-2015 06:10 AM

Looks great. I would be proud to have that anywhere in my shop or house.

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#13 posted 03-22-2015 06:13 AM

Wow this looks great and intimidating. I admire your skill and patience!

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#14 posted 03-22-2015 09:21 AM

Do you remember in what drawer you have that piece …? :-/
Good project as well.

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,must polish it to shine...

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#15 posted 03-22-2015 10:19 AM

I’d call this over the top.
Nothing beats organization. Great photos too…...................

-- mike...............

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