Ambrosia maple and mahogany mini chest of drawers

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Project by AstroGuy posted 12-25-2016 09:19 PM 2282 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mini chest of drawers for my daughter’s bookshelf in her college dorm room. Simple project of my own design.

Case is dovetailed mahogany with integral feet and the inset drawer fronts are Ambrosia maple. Just simple rabbited drawers. Secondary wood is poplar. Drawers are friction fit and knobs are beech with black milk paint. Finish on mahogany is three coats of semi-gloss Armour Seal with wax. On the drawer fronts, I used sprayed lacquer + wax to decrease the darkening effect of oil.

This was a fun project and a learning experience. Particularly because of the challenges of keeping the Ambrosia maple grain pattern lined up and fitting so many small drawers.

Thanks for looking! Feedback always appreciated.


-- Richard

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#1 posted 12-25-2016 10:48 PM

Very nice , love the wood well done.

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

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#2 posted 12-25-2016 11:14 PM

Stunning. A beautifully crafted small case and drawers.

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#3 posted 12-25-2016 11:20 PM

Looks fantastic. I having been thinking about a similar project-I have some book matched figured walnut that is screaming draw fronts. What type of joinery did you do for the drawers?

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#4 posted 12-26-2016 02:00 AM

Great looking chest of drawers, and I love the drawer fronts. The Ambrosia maple grain pattern is stunning. Great job on the drawers and casework.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#5 posted 12-26-2016 03:10 AM

Thanks for the feedback, everyone.

I’d love to say that the drawers were all done with hand cut dovetails but… I opted to go with simple and reliable rabbited drawer joinery for these small drawers. Since I couldn’t remake a botched drawer front and keep things aligned should I have messed up the half-blinds, I decided to take a safer route for this project. Something to try next time!

I should mention that the drawer fronts are solid wood, not applied veneer. I gave some thought to embellishing them with an applied bead, etc. but felt that the ambrosia pattern contrasted with the black knobs was busy enough.


-- Richard

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#6 posted 12-26-2016 03:47 AM

Very cool Rick

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#7 posted 12-26-2016 06:25 AM

That’s a really nice chest of drawers, love the grain pattern.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#8 posted 12-26-2016 03:20 PM

That came out great Rick.
Nice job !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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