Chest of drawers Sometimes called a lowboy

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Project by exsubsailor posted 01-17-2016 02:47 AM 809 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This 4 drawer chest measures 31”H x 37 1/2” W x 20” D. It’s made without any plans or drawings. I usually just do various steps as I go along. WARNING, that is NOT the best way to start or do a project. I used 12/4 quarter (3”) spanish cedar because at that time I could get it at the 4/4 board ft. price of $3. I’m very sorry to say that source no longer exists. When finished, it looks so much like mahogany, that on more than 1 occasion, the professional judge at the Florida state fair “fine handcrafted furniture” competition in different years ( different judges) thought it was mahogany. The top may not show in the pics, but it is beautifully tiger-striped lumber. The finish is wipe on tung-oil/varnish rubbed out with 0000 steel wool. The ball & claw feet with pierced talons and the embellishments on the front of the chest were my first try at carving. The side and back panels are waterfall bubinga and sand shaded maple veneer. It took longer than expected to get them right, but by the 4th leg it took a lot less time to get it done.

-- Art, Florida

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#1 posted 01-17-2016 04:47 AM

You are indeed a master craftsman. All your projects, like your name, are works of ART. Absolutely beautiful.

-- Enrico, Stow OHIO

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#2 posted 01-17-2016 11:58 AM

Miraculously…............. Beautifully.

-- Ganchik Sasha

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#3 posted 01-17-2016 12:43 PM

an heirloom for sure – great work

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#4 posted 01-17-2016 01:16 PM

Very, very nice work. For first attempt carving …. exceptional.
Thanks for posting this.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#5 posted 01-17-2016 02:38 PM

Art, this is absolutely beautiful and so nicely done. The carving is extraordinary for it being your first. I suggest that you take up carving on a regular basis since you obviously have a gifted talent for it.

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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#6 posted 01-17-2016 03:21 PM

Nice! Never seen a cabriole leg block-front lowboy, cuz that’s what it is, in case anyone asks!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#8 posted 01-17-2016 04:18 PM

Again, another beautiful build. Thanks for posting. Added to favorites and I’m adding you to my buddy list.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#9 posted 01-17-2016 04:25 PM

Very nice project. projects like this should go immediately to top 1. there should be a special catagorie and for work such as this, a special collection of fine furniture.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#10 posted 01-17-2016 04:29 PM

Wonderful Lowboy,with outstanding detail and superb workmanship.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 01-17-2016 04:37 PM

Very Nice, and you Finished it.
Some people start projects like this then let them sit. Glad to see you were strong enough to persevere.

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#12 posted 01-17-2016 04:59 PM

Oh my God! This is so far beyond my skill set I can’t even imagine producing a piece this gorgeous.

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

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#13 posted 01-17-2016 05:39 PM

Wow, that is a true museum quality piece. You really created a beautiful lowboy.

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#14 posted 01-18-2016 04:05 AM


Your lowboy is absolutely exquisite! Your offspring will all be wanting it for their heirloom!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#15 posted 01-18-2016 08:03 AM

Super job – though I think working without a plan makes things interesting :o)
That is a fantastic piece.

-- Live Forever...............or Die Trying

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