A Chest of Drawers and Nightstand for Michael

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Project by dakotawood posted 04-23-2017 02:02 PM 1175 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Phew – I finally completed this project! It took me over a year (I started it, took 8 mo off from the shop, then returned to complete it). It’s walnut with cherry bowties and pegs. Maple back, drawer sides, and carcass parts. This thing is a beast! Very stout and heavy!

I learned a lot with this project: first time doing double mortise and tenons, first time working with a slab and live edge, first time doing bowties, first time doing a chest of drawers, and a few other firsts as well.

I sprayed on 3 coats of Endurovar semi gloss – my new favorite finish.

These plans came from Michael Pekovich at FWW. I changed things up and made my own Sketchup file first.

Thanks for looking!

All the carcass parts ready for glue-up.

Planing the tops level. I took almost an inch of thickness on the nightstand to get it level. That’s a lot of work!

This piece popped out when chopping the bowties.

Epoxy saved the day!

Just for added protection, I added 3 bowties to the bottom as well. Bowties are 1/2” thick.

Planing the drawers to fit. This is my favorite part of woodworking!

Love my refrigerator box spray booth!

Love my custom brand!

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#1 posted 04-23-2017 02:17 PM

Hey they really came out beautifully. Nothing looks first time to me. Beautiful joinery and finish! Michael seems to agree :)

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#2 posted 04-23-2017 02:52 PM

Great looking, very nice work. Looks like you have a very happy customer.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 04-23-2017 04:04 PM

Great job of creating heirloom furniture. Michael can hand this down to his own child some day.

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#4 posted 04-23-2017 04:24 PM

These pieces are very attractive. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 04-23-2017 05:44 PM

Awesome job sir

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 04-23-2017 08:54 PM

well judging by the big smile on michaels face id say you made him very happy,and why wouldn’t he be with a beautiful set of furniture like that,excellent job travis.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#7 posted 04-23-2017 10:02 PM

Great job! But I think you should have taken more time off before completing it – give him a chance to grow some
more so he can reach the top drawers. LOL

Seriously, great design and choice of wood, sure to be handed down for generations. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#8 posted 04-24-2017 12:29 PM

Great Job!

-- Doug...

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#9 posted 04-24-2017 03:34 PM

Very nice, well done.

-- Change begins somewhere may as well be with me.

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#10 posted 08-11-2017 03:04 PM

Wow! This is really nice. I want to be like you when I get big!
I like your brand – I had one made, but have now been forgetting to burn it into my projects when done, lol.
I also want to make drawers like this without slides. More precision required, and they are more traditional. Sounds backwards, I know.

-- Pete

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