We got Drugs - A variation on the Apothecary theme

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Project by Douglas Krueger posted 06-03-2009 05:55 PM 1976 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally getting around to posting the last project, it just seems to get harder and harder to put down the tools long enough to do some posting.

This is the latest creation, a loose interpretation of the old apothecary chest. The visible wood is Thailand padoo and is featured in a lot of my projects since it occupies the most space in the wood pile. Internal frame is 1x and the drawer bottoms and backs are plywood.

The drawers were an exercise in the Leigh jig learning curve in how to create blind dovetails. After a mere 20 drawers I think the brain cells absorbed a bit of the ‘how to’. The internal frame was Dowelmax’d together as was the face frame. That is one versatile tool once you get the hang of it. All assembly was without nails, screws or anything else attracted to a magnet, just can’t seem to ignore the metal-less project challenge.

As with most of my larger projects this one contains secret compartments and for now they shall remain that way as they are being utilized for the purpose. The bottom X brace was probably the most challenging part as well as the most labor intensive as it was roughed out on the TS followed by hours and hours of hand rasping and sanding.

Finish is 5 coats of sprayed 2 part polyurethane.

All in all, a long winded but fun project and plan to do a blog on creation/assembly some day soon if there is enough interest.

Thanks for lookin’

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#1 posted 06-03-2009 06:08 PM

Douglas, that is VERY nice. I wish I had the talent to doo all of those drawers. It is something I need to learn how to do.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 06-03-2009 06:10 PM

Doug, beautiful wood grain and color. The design is exquisite. A lof of LJs will be wanting to create one for their home. Yes, please blog! Thanks for sharing this gorgeous piece!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#3 posted 06-03-2009 06:23 PM

Very nice design and excellent workmanship. I was always amazed, when going into the “drug store” in Hong Kong or southeast Asia, and saw the apothecary cases that went almost floor to ceiling. I thought, “If I could make something that big, with all of those drawers, I could fill it up with stuff in no time.” Yours’ is more realistic.
Great piece. Thanks for the post.

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#4 posted 06-03-2009 06:38 PM

Man, I like this!!!!

I really like that you used heart wod and sap wood. I think the color contrasts adds to the beauty of the project!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 06-03-2009 09:04 PM

Yeah, very nice! Please do the detail blog as to how this came together… I need all the learning I can get.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#6 posted 06-03-2009 11:45 PM

Good looking project Douglas and practical too with all those drawer. Thanks for the post.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 06-03-2009 11:54 PM

Doug that is a great piece. I love the grain in the top it’s to bad it gets covered up.

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#8 posted 06-04-2009 05:32 AM

Great looking cabinet! You did a beautiful job on this piece. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 06-04-2009 05:35 AM

Most outstanding work ,looks great

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