Craftsman Chest of Drawers

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Project by Greg Mitchell posted 07-08-2007 03:50 AM 8211 views 15 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chest of drawers was built for my wife and I bedroom. I built the case out of white oak, and the drawers out of birch plywood. The drawers are put together using a drawer lock bit, and then doweled to add strength. It has been finished with a few coats of poly/oil.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#1 posted 07-08-2007 04:53 AM

Very nice look, Greg.

Surprised to read that you backed up the drawer lock joint with dowels. Why did you feel that was necessary?

I’ve got two sets of drawer lock bits fro Lee Valley and, I must confess, have never had much success in getting them to line up properly (although that was prior to my current precision table set-up. I guess I should try it again.

The finish and color is lovely. Did you stain the White Oak, and did you rub out the poly?

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

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#2 posted 07-08-2007 05:03 AM

Great job, Greg. I’m a sucker for white oak, but it’s pretty much impossible to get here in New Orleans.

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

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#3 posted 07-08-2007 05:19 AM


How are the draw fronts made, are they false fronts over the drawer box or is the front the actual front of the drawer? I am working on my first real furniture piece, an entertainment center in the Mission style and it will have 4 small drawers, just curious.

Oh, looks great too, should have said that up front!

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#4 posted 07-08-2007 05:30 AM

Greg -

Great looking chest of drawers! I’m a sucker for the Mission Style – great job.


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#5 posted 07-08-2007 05:30 AM

looks good. I’ve got an oak dresser in the works for my 3 year old daughter. I hope mine comes out as nice!

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#6 posted 07-08-2007 06:20 AM

Oh this is really nice. As David said, I’m also a sucker for mission style. Really nice piece.

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

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#7 posted 07-08-2007 08:05 AM

Looks good! I’m wondering how the drawers slide…on wooden runners or with drawer slide hardware?

Do you have any pics of the inside of the case with the drawers out?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#8 posted 07-08-2007 11:33 PM

Good looking work! Nice job Mr. Mitchell!

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#9 posted 07-09-2007 03:59 AM

Great looking chest of drawers. It is amazing the transformation that took place once the finish was applied.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#10 posted 07-09-2007 04:03 AM

Great chest. The design looks great.

I like it very much.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#11 posted 05-25-2008 05:38 AM

Great job.

-- Bud -

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