|Project by techyman2||posted 02-22-2009 12:36 AM||1796 views||3 times favorited||4 comments|
Hi all, Last summer we tried to find a quality peice of furnitue to fit an alcove in my daughter’s bedroom. This proved impossible so I made a promise to make a chest of drawers to match the existing furniture and fit in the alcove. This is the result I like the simplicity of shaker designs and the concept of economy of materials so that did influence the design. The finish is danish oil, one of my favourites. It was built up through 5 coats and rubbed down between, the finish seems resistant to the inevitable cosmetics placed on it. The construction is hard maple top and external frames with finish birch ply panels set in to the frames. The internal drawer frames are beech. The top is edge joined strips of maple with biscuits to strengthen the joint. I made te handles from a routed strip of maple. These are screwed on and are not finished such was the pressue to get it into service. I intend to finish these gradually. I have a made one spare. When completed will replace the next to be finished.
The reason I took the time to make traditional drawer runners and dovetails, both stopped and through, was to revisit old skills that I seldom use and also a frustration with modern drawer runner fittings wearing out. The dovetails were cut using a dovetail cutter and an old dovetail jig. This was a first for me. I don’t think I shall go back to doing them by hand in the future. When I was younger at college my old lecturer used to say that you should feel and hear the displaced air being pushed out of the drawer as it closes. This is just what happens. It feels good just pushing them in and pulling them out. So smooth!!
My daughter is pretty pleased and we now have anoter heirloom peice of quality furniture.
-- Dave D