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Project by CharlesA posted 08-04-2017 09:57 PM 606 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son moved to Montreal this spring, and after I knew he was moving, I wanted to make him something that would fit with his new life, living on his own in another country, becoming fluent in another language, etc. I decided on a Campaign Style Chest of Drawers from Chris Schwarz' book. I really like the aesthetic of Campaign style, and the fact that it breaks down and is made to move makes sense with my son’s lifestyle for the next chapter of his life.

I chopped more dovetails by hand in this project that I’ve ever done in a year. Full blind hidden dovetails for the top case joints. Half blind for the bottom case joints.

I thought I was much master at hand cut dovetails than I am. I almost always do drawers this way, but I usually only have 1 or maybe two drawers in a project. I was pushed to the limit on 5.

There are two separate cases to make moving easier. These babies are sturdy and fairly heavy:



My friends Stan turned the legs for me with some cherry that came from his yard.

Finished with shellac and Satin General Finishes High Performance, both sprayed.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson





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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 08-04-2017 10:18 PM

Great work! Love the cherry. Kudos on the dovetails!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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tyvekboy

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#2 posted 08-05-2017 03:00 AM

That’s a cool gift that he’ll treasure for a long time to come.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 08-05-2017 02:02 PM

This is a nice piece of campaign furniture.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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balidoug

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#4 posted 08-05-2017 02:16 PM

This is a fabulous piece. I’ve had something like it in mind once my unplugged skills get to that point, so thanks for the inspiration. I am curious about the layout lines in picture #4 (the brass handles); I’ve not seen that method before. can you elaborate?

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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CharlesA

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#5 posted 08-05-2017 02:51 PM

Thanks, everyone.


This is a fabulous piece. I ve had something like it in mind once my unplugged skills get to that point, so thanks for the inspiration. I am curious about the layout lines in picture #4 (the brass handles); I ve not seen that method before. can you elaborate?

- balidoug

There’s a good reason you’ve never seen that method—I just made it up. I made my own template to route out the mortises for the handles. I wanted to be able to set the template up exactly where I wanted it, so I drew these for a kind of grid when placing it. The template was slightly too large, so I did the entire mortise, then then moved it to cut the other two sides a bit more. The graduated lines helped me keep the whole mortise centered.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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BurlyBob

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#6 posted 08-05-2017 09:28 PM

That is truly wonderful. Outstanding job.

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