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Chest of Drawers

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Project by bryguy22 posted 06-20-2016 03:05 AM 958 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a really fun project to make. The lumber was taken from trees I cut down, milled on a homemade bandsaw mill and air dried for several years. The primary wood is walnut with the secondary being poplar from a tree taken down by a storm alongside a local roadway. There is so much wood available locally if you just ask. Most of it is free. Occasional I will buy a log off of craigslist but in most cases it seems people want S4S finished pricing for a green on the stump log. It is a ton of work to go from standing tree to milled dimensional lumber. While the work to do this is very labor intensive and slow, I find the reward is worth it because you had a hand in every step of the process. It is also nice to build a project with a single tree which allows more control over grain and color.

The legs are attached by haunched mortise and tenons. The plans are from the “wood whisper” guild build. I cannot say enough good things about Marks instruction and guidance step by step in the process. I have learned a lot from this project, combining new techniques with old. All of the wood for the project, drawers, top, fronts, were made by book matching 8/4 stock on the shop bandsaw. This was time consuming but the overall grain continuity and color match were worth it. The drawer pulls are shop made walnut pulls.

The finish applied is a Waterlox hand applied finish. This finish really pulls the vibrance of the air dried walnut and builds quickly. Each coat was slightly rubbed with a paper bag to remove dust nibs. The drawers are sprayed shellac which allows a smell free quick drying finish for the interior that will not affect clothing. The overall finish is a silky smooth coat that really accentuated the natural grain patterns of the wood.

-- Bryan, york pa





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#1 posted 06-20-2016 11:02 AM

Very well done…nice looking chest

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#2 posted 06-20-2016 11:17 AM

Great job

-- John , Central PA , www.jcsterling.com on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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#3 posted 06-20-2016 11:37 AM

beautiful chest

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#4 posted 06-20-2016 12:16 PM

very well done.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#5 posted 06-20-2016 01:39 PM

This is true furniture. Too bad there wasn’t a demand for this sort of thing. It’s a hobby now, but it used to be that all furniture was built this way, more or less. Great job, and thanks for sharing! It looks great!

-- Pete

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#6 posted 06-20-2016 02:48 PM

This is very nice!

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#7 posted 06-20-2016 02:52 PM

this is really nice
To take it from start to finish must be very rewarding

-- Greg Simon

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#8 posted 06-20-2016 03:04 PM

very nice chest dovetail is a great feature

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#9 posted 06-21-2016 01:50 AM

Wow, Chester’s drawers never looked so good. Love all the detail you put in it.

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

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#10 posted 06-21-2016 06:23 AM

Beautiful, elegant, massive design – definately daily top 3

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 06-22-2016 09:38 PM

Beautiful Chest wonderful workmanship.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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