|Project by Mork||posted 10-10-2015 02:12 AM||1910 views||26 times favorited||15 comments|
Overall this Jewelry chest for my wife is 12” tall 20” wide and 9” deep. I looked at various options for the drawer slides for a long time and realized I’d have nearly $100 bucks just in the slides if I went this route so I decided to make my own. Overall it was fairly easy to construct although I’ll admit that cutting the dados in the drawer slides was a bit tedious. Up front I was worried about the drawers binding because they are wider than they are deep and only guided on the sides. Fortunately it worked out. It almost takes an effort to make them cock enough to bind. Of course a little candle wax further improved the action. The decision to make the slides longer than the box is deep insures that the drawers fully extend without falling out. I think it adds sort of a mechanical or functional look that I like.
It’s all 1/4 sawn red oak (exterior) from a red 30-inch red oak tree my neighbor lost in a wind storm. Of course I was quick to have the local tree trimmer deliver it to the Amish saw mill where I specified how it was to be cut. All quarter and riff.
I’m not a huge fan of oil finishes but the Watco Danish Oil in medium walnut worked out well. I think the only thing that bothers me is how it looks on the poplar drawers inside. If I had it to do over I would not have finished inside the drawers.