Jewelry Box/Chest of drawers

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Project by Mork posted 10-10-2015 02:12 AM 1729 views 25 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 10-10-2015 02:39 AM

That is really nice. Did you use any other finish over the Watco?

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#2 posted 10-10-2015 03:51 AM

Very COOL project… :)

Nice job!

Like those drawer runners…

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#3 posted 10-10-2015 04:56 AM

Very nice!!!

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#4 posted 10-10-2015 06:26 AM

Great Job!!!

I also like the slides extending past the front! It gives it a craftsman look, which I’ve always liked.

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#5 posted 10-10-2015 01:28 PM

Really nice! There is something about the style of this I really like. The use of extensions is quite creative. Has a green and green look to it. Thanks for sharing!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#6 posted 10-10-2015 01:42 PM

This turned out beautifully.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 10-10-2015 03:58 PM

Thanks for all the complements. I didn’t use any finish over the oil although for something that might be exposed to moisture that might be a good idea. I think the oil is intended to be use as a stand alone finish but I’m sure you could use it the same as a stain and put poly over it. I used Watco Danish oil many years ago on a clock and I think they have changed the formula. This dried in maybe 24-hours but what I used before took much longer. In fact you could smell the Watco oil for years. The old platform had a different smell. less like paint thinner but I prefer the new oil.

I agree with the comments about the slides, they worked very well and also give it a green and green and craftsman look.

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#8 posted 10-10-2015 06:45 PM

It turned out fantastic. I also like the runners extended. The whole look is pleasing. I’m glad I got to see this.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#9 posted 10-10-2015 07:53 PM

looks great

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#10 posted 10-10-2015 09:38 PM

Your box turned out very nice. As many others have mentioned, I too really like the extended slides. Way to think outside the box.

-- Joe - - Laughter is like a windshied wiper, it doesn't stop the rain but allows us to keep going.

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#11 posted 10-11-2015 01:42 AM

Hey… a comedian. Good one… “outside the box”

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#12 posted 10-11-2015 04:14 AM

First Rate job& design, four Thums Up

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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#13 posted 10-12-2015 04:02 AM

Very, very nice, Mork!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#14 posted 10-23-2015 12:08 PM

Super nice Mork. I like it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#15 posted 11-17-2015 06:21 PM

That’s great, ineresting design.. Very Nice!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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