cherry/sycamore chest of drawers

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Project by woodsmithshop posted 04-20-2010 04:25 PM 2362 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built a chest of drawers for the wife this past Christmas, seeing as how our bedroom is not very large, I decided to make it tall and narrow, it is a little over 6’ tall and about 28” wide, the drawers are all the same size, 10” high, the drawer pulls ( walnut) are recessed into the drawer fronts, and stand proud about 1/4”, same with the door pulls. because of the height I put 2 shelves at the top instead of drawers, then lined the inside back with red cedar, the legs are ash, ( the thickest wood I had) the side panels are cherry ply, the rest is solid cherry except for the raised panels, which is quarter sawn sycamore, all topped off with cherry crown moulding I made on the router table. I used Zar Brazilian cherry stain, and sprayed on Crystalac water based poly. this was my own design, with ideas from many others.
thanks for looking.

-- Smitty!!!

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#1 posted 04-20-2010 04:31 PM

Great work! I love the wood combination and the design.
The door design gives it real style and the walnut pulls add to the overall effect.
The cedar is a very nice touch!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 04-20-2010 04:38 PM

Looks beautiful. Love the attention to detail. Nice design lines.

-- Kate,

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#3 posted 04-20-2010 05:00 PM

Excellent design and workmanship. I don’t think I have ever seen sycamore used like that before. It’s a great idea.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 04-20-2010 05:19 PM

Beautiful work.

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#5 posted 04-20-2010 05:32 PM

You did an outstanding job on this gem. I love the contrast of colors on the door. The feet are “Awesome” as well….

Very nice work…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 04-20-2010 06:32 PM

Nice build.
I especially like the feet and side panels.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#7 posted 04-20-2010 08:09 PM

very nice work! the contrasting woods look great.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#8 posted 04-20-2010 08:32 PM

thank you everyone, this was overdue by about 40 years. lol
but like they say, “the cobblers kids go barefoot”

-- Smitty!!!

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#9 posted 04-20-2010 09:25 PM

And plumber has a leaky tap… well worth the wait… what a great project and I love the curved side panels and the doors are fantastic too..
well done..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#10 posted 04-21-2010 01:21 AM

all of the above + a lot more
well done


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#11 posted 04-21-2010 06:00 AM

Unique design

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#12 posted 04-21-2010 06:03 AM

Very impressive. Every part of this is interesting to look at. I really like it. Awesome!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#13 posted 04-21-2010 03:49 PM

Good job!! Nice design.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#14 posted 04-22-2010 02:58 PM

Nice Piece of work. I love to accent darker woods with lighter ones. Normally I use Walnut and White oak due to the fact that I have a lot of it. GOod Job!

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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#15 posted 04-22-2010 04:18 PM

originally, I was going to stain the sycamore, I wanted to accent the quarter sawn grain, but after making some tests on it, it blotched so badly I decided to just keep it natural.

-- Smitty!!!

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