Stickley inspired chest of drawers

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Project by Walnutty posted 08-30-2010 12:14 AM 3239 views 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Stickley inspired chest of drawers that I made from oak, pine and cottonwood that my father had sawn from trees given to him by an aquaintance that ran a tree service. I designed the piece using Google Sketchup. The show components are oak, the drawer sides and backs are pine and the dustframes are cottonwood. The finish is transtint reddish-brown dye, a sealcoat of sherwin-williams fast dry varnish, general finishes dark mahogany to fill the pores and then topcoated with the fast dry varnish. The fast dry varnish was a bear to use even thinned. It dried to the touch fast as advertised, but the previous coat would soften and get gummy when applying the next coat. This was really a problem when I was putting on and wiping off the gel stain. Oh, I forgot the drawers are shellacked except for the the show side. Hardware is from Lee Valley, nice heavy brass for the price, about $8.00 a pull.

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#1 posted 08-30-2010 12:29 AM

Wow…this is a real heirloom piece. Congratulations on a wonderful accomplishment!

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

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#2 posted 08-30-2010 01:56 AM

Great looking chest of drawers, very well done.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#3 posted 08-30-2010 02:09 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#4 posted 08-30-2010 02:22 AM

Hi Wal,

Great piece. Very well done. Showed it to the wife and said, would you like something like that? without hesitation, she said, yes. Living with me for thirty + years has to be a bugger at times. So for her to say yes right away is really a compliment.

Thanks for posting Great job.

Thanks jb

-- Playing with wood and metal for the last 50 years, driving and building Land Cruisers for the last 40. Experience is what you get when you don't know what you are doing.

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#5 posted 08-30-2010 02:57 AM


-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#6 posted 08-30-2010 04:03 AM

Excellent execution – on the COD as well as the Sketchup drawing.

-- Joe

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#7 posted 08-30-2010 06:27 AM

nice work! that’s really beautiful.

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#9 posted 08-30-2010 01:19 PM

Nicely done.
Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#10 posted 08-30-2010 01:26 PM

Beautiful job, wonderful piece. You’ll be able to pass this down through the family, make sure to sign and date it.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 09-01-2010 04:20 AM

Beautiful piece. Excellent craftsmanship. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 09-01-2010 04:31 AM

Beautiful, great job

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#13 posted 09-01-2010 05:14 AM

Wow, you clearly put a lot of work into this piece.

-- "Most everything means nothing...except some things that mean everything"

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#14 posted 09-03-2010 03:19 AM

Thanks everybody for the kind comments.

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