Chippendale Small Chest in Black Walnut

  • Advertise with us
Project by matt garcia posted 1599 days ago 2979 views 3 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well here she is in all her glory! I really like the way this project turned out. When I originally saw the 16” wide walnut at Rockler’s, I knew this piece was destiny! Now on to construction.
The case is dovetailed at all four corners. The draw dividers are dovetailed into the sides, and the runners are mortised and tenoned to the dividers, then just squared to the frame, and screwed in place. The base is mitered in the front two corners, and squared in the back with a straight piece of pine (this was a Frankenstein!!) mortised and tenoned together. The feet were rough cut on the bandsaw, then the concave curves were sanded to the line. I have trouble with my spindle sander when it comes to convex curves, so those were final shaped with a #49 and #50 hand rasp, mill file, and finally sandpaper (how about that Chuck!!). The feet were then mitered on the tablesaw, and glued together, then glued to the base. The rear feet were rabbeted to the back feet, then glued to the rear case.
The base is then routed on the edge with a classic bit, then the transition moulding is routed with a larger classic bit, then installed inverted to the base. Since all the parts of the base were in the same direction as the mouldings, they were all just glued and clamped in place. The case is then just screwed to the base. The upper moulding was routed with the same bit I used on the waist moulding of the Highboy, then installed inverted to get a different profile. The drawers are rabbeted half blind dovetail, and through dovetail construction done on the Leigh D24R. The finish is Watco Danish Oil Black Walnut, “fogged” on shellac and wipe on polyurethane. The brasses were from Horton Brasses.
If you look closely in pics one and three, you will see my top and side panels glued up for the tiger maple version of this chest. This was a very fun project, and I am quite pleased with the outcome. The plan was from Glen Huey’s DVD which is very detailed, and has tons of tips and techniques for this project, that will easily transfer to other projects. I hope you all enjoy! Now it’s back to work for me, vacation is over. : (

Updated 11/30/09:
Thanks for all the kind words everyone! Just an update on the dimensions. The chest is 28.3/4” tall, 27” wide, and 16.1/2” deep. The brasses were from Horton Brasses.

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

29 comments so far

View griff's profile


1206 posts in 2260 days

#1 posted 1599 days ago

Matt. This is a gorgeous piece. The walnut is amazing. The craftsmanship is superb. you did another smooth build.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

View rozzi's profile


322 posts in 1820 days

#2 posted 1599 days ago

Very Nice. A piece to be proud of. You did an outstanding job.

-- Duane, Iowa

View a1Jim's profile (online now)


109187 posts in 2075 days

#3 posted 1599 days ago

Matt great workmanship and wood selection beautiful. Were the dimensions listed?

-- Custom furniture

View CharlieM1958's profile


15542 posts in 2717 days

#4 posted 1599 days ago

Fantastic job, Matt! You really did that walnut proud.

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

View SnowyRiver's profile


51451 posts in 1979 days

#5 posted 1599 days ago

Great work. Very nice piece.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

View Grumpy's profile


19053 posts in 2349 days

#6 posted 1598 days ago

Great job Matt. Nice style & design.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

View degoose's profile


6881 posts in 1853 days

#7 posted 1598 days ago

Outstanding… construction notes are awesome and the finish is excellent… looks the part..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

View mynoblebear's profile


722 posts in 1606 days

#8 posted 1598 days ago

Well done keep up the good work.

-- Best Regards With Personalized Rocking Chairs And Furniture On My Mind,

View GaryK's profile


10262 posts in 2487 days

#9 posted 1598 days ago

Fantastic Matt! Very good job on the finish also.

Where did you get the hardware?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

View DavidH's profile


500 posts in 2241 days

#10 posted 1598 days ago

turned out great Matt! cant wait to see the tiger maple one :)

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

View Russel's profile


2199 posts in 2437 days

#11 posted 1598 days ago

Absolutely beautiful. True craftsmanship.

-- Working at Woodworking

View Ben 's profile


155 posts in 1863 days

#12 posted 1598 days ago

Walnut is my favorite wood. You definitely did the wood justice. Great Work.

View Bob A in NJ's profile

Bob A in NJ

1145 posts in 2497 days

#13 posted 1598 days ago

Matt, Another great job on design construction and finish!

-- Bob A in NJ

View Beginningwoodworker's profile


13335 posts in 2171 days

#14 posted 1598 days ago

Nice work,Matt.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

View Dusty56's profile


11605 posts in 2186 days

#15 posted 1598 days ago

INCREDIBLE !!! Great job , Matt…..that Walnut is just soooo purdy : )

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

showing 1 through 15 of 29 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase