Chest of Drawers

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Project by Randy Sharp posted 06-03-2010 04:12 PM 2180 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this project with plans from The NewYankee Workshop series of Shaker style furniture. The plans are provided in Norm Abrahm’s book and television broadcast.

The construction is intermediate skill level and took about 20 hours to complete to the finishing stage. Rather than mortise and tennon joinery for the drawer runner frames, I chose to use Kreg pocket-hole screws to connect the pieces.

The most difficult aspect of this project was the use of 6-8”-wide pine boards. Gluing up panels is not my forte’ and getting a perfectly flat panel from pine has always been a challenge for me. Mastering this skill will take more practice.

The half-blind dovetails (drawers) were an enjoyable learning experience. Reading tool instructions doesn’t come easy for me, but finally comprehending the jig settings gives me confidence to move forward on future projects.

The finish is a basic pre-stain conditioner, cherry stain coat, and three poly coats.

Note: The final picture in the series is one of two more chests in progress. Rather than pine, I am using birch plywood. The carcass construction for two of these was much faster, easier, and tighter than a solid pine carcass. These will be painted.

Thanks for looking.

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#1 posted 06-03-2010 04:32 PM

Nice chest, thanks for sharing.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#2 posted 06-03-2010 04:44 PM

Very nice chest of drawer great job

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 06-03-2010 05:00 PM

Nice to see you, Randy.

Good looking chest. What kind of dovetail jig were you using? They look really nice and tight.

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

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#4 posted 06-03-2010 05:53 PM

Looks good and solid! Great work.

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#5 posted 06-03-2010 06:09 PM

Damn I thought it was cherry. Great finishing. The slight blotching mimics cherry too. I like it alot. yeah I have problems with edge gluing too.

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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#6 posted 06-03-2010 06:14 PM

The dovetail jig is a PC 4210 I bought at Lowe’s. I think this is what you have, isn’t it Charlie?

I noticed it is now on clearance for $109 at my local store. I will be using it again this weekend and will be able to submit an in-depth review. But early prognosis…it’s proving to be a great bang for the buck!

Even before using it, I built the PlansNow version of the Portable Dovetail Jig Workcenter. I’m very pleased with the functionality of the jig and work station.

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#7 posted 06-03-2010 08:59 PM

Yeah, that’s the one I have. That workcenter looks pretty good. Thanks for the link.

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

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#8 posted 06-03-2010 11:14 PM

Nice chest of drawers.

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#9 posted 06-04-2010 01:16 PM

Nice job
Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#10 posted 06-04-2010 02:09 PM

I like your chest of drawers. I am finishing a night stand and then will be starting a similar looking chest.

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