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Project by Ryan Nicholson posted 01-30-2018 08:01 PM 1395 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All,
This is a big chest of drawers I made for the wife. She wanted a chest of drawers that she could store all of our bedding and linens in.

So, I drew the chest up on my CAD program and realized it was going to be big.

Big as in 6’ wide, 3 1/2’ deep and 3 1/2’ tall.

The drawers are 2 1/2’ wide by 3 1/2’ deep by 12” tall.

It was then I realized that if I used hardwood it was going to cost a fortune. So, I settled for making it out of construction grade 2×4’s and some 4/4 clear pine.

I made the secondary wood for the drawers and dividers poplar because I had a lot of it on hand. The top is made out of two stacked and glued sheets of 3/4” plywood edged with pine, and top-skinned with 1/4” birch plywood.

The joinery for the carcass is all mortise and tenons and all of the tenons were draw-bored. All of the drawer joinery is dovetails. The drawers are all through drawers, so you can get to the back of the drawer easily. Drawer handles are pine as well.

I decided to put the chest on casters so the wife could roll it out for access to the back of the drawers.

The finish is 12 coats of blonde shellac and hand rubbed with pumice and rotten-stone.

I was pleasantly surprised how great the finish made the grain pop on the pine, and more importantly, the wife was very happy with the whole project.





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#1 posted 01-30-2018 08:33 PM

yeah thats big.did it fit through the doors ok?looks good,wife happy,your happy!

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

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#2 posted 01-30-2018 08:43 PM

Thanks Larry. Funny thing that. I built it in the basement and it stayed in the basement!

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#3 posted 01-30-2018 08:50 PM



Thanks Larry. Funny thing that. I built it in the basement and it stayed in the basement!

- Ryan Nicholson


was that by choice or it wasnt gonna leave even if you wanted it too!-lol. also welcome to lumber jocks.

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

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#4 posted 01-30-2018 08:50 PM

Don’t know what I’m more impressed with the mortise and tenon (draw-bored), the fact you used inexpensive wood/plywood, or the finish. Really impressive all the way around with a very clean look.
P.S.
Every time I use construction lumber it twists on me and if tried what you did it would look like a twisted pretzel. Yours though, it’s perfect, shake my head. Great job!

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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Ryan Nicholson

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#5 posted 01-30-2018 09:01 PM


Thanks Larry. Funny thing that. I built it in the basement and it stayed in the basement!

- Ryan Nicholson

was that by choice or it wasnt gonna leave even if you wanted it too!-lol. also welcome to lumber jocks.
Hah! It was by choice. No room for it upstairs.
- pottz


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#6 posted 01-30-2018 09:09 PM

Thank Jay!
I have to admit that construction lumber takes a lot of patience. Joint and plane it and let it sit for a day or two, then repeat the process. THEN, once the carcass is built and you think it’s straight, a lot of hand planing comes into play. It’s worth all the work though.


Don t know what I m more impressed with the mortise and tenon (draw-bored), the fact you used inexpensive wood/plywood, or the finish. Really impressive all the way around with a very clean look.
P.S.
Every time I use construction lumber it twists on me and if tried what you did it would look like a twisted pretzel. Yours though, it s perfect, shake my head. Great job!

- XrayJay


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#7 posted 01-30-2018 10:40 PM

Nice looking workbench. :)

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#8 posted 01-30-2018 11:13 PM

Very Nice Indeed & Well Done Ryan!

-- (Rick S.)... "Don't Worry About What People Think! They Don't Do It Very Often Anyway!"

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#9 posted 01-30-2018 11:24 PM

Yeahhh, that ain’t gonna happen Ohwoodeye

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#10 posted 01-30-2018 11:27 PM

Thanks, Rick


Very Nice Indeed & Well Done Ryan!

- Rick


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#11 posted 01-31-2018 01:49 PM

Ryan, you did a real nice job on this dresser.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#12 posted 01-31-2018 02:40 PM

Thank you, Charles!


Ryan, you did a real nice job on this dresser.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck


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#13 posted 01-31-2018 07:45 PM

Made your wife very happy and had fun at the same time…what else could you want. Great job

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#14 posted 01-31-2018 07:50 PM

Wow, that’s a big one ,good build.

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#15 posted 01-31-2018 08:05 PM

Yeah Man! Thanks.


Made your wife very happy and had fun at the same time…what else could you want. Great job

- Hawaiilad


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