|Project by sawdustdad||posted 01-23-2016 10:15 PM||1008 views||8 times favorited||11 comments|
Here’s a shaker style chest with a drawer. It’s solid walnut with cherry drawer sides. The chest sides are dovetailed as is the drawer. Finish is 4 or 5 coats of Watco danish oil. The frame around the top is mitered and glued at the front but the side moldings are held on with sliding dovetails so the top, which is nearly 20 inches front to back, is solid wood and expands and contracts by about 3/16 inch over the course of a year. If you didn’t do it this way, either the top would crack or the molding would break off.
Adding the drawer at the bottom eases access to the contents and raises the chest itself higher so it’s easier to reach the contents.
-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Any board cut to length has a 50% probability of being too short.