This is a doll chest that i built for my 9 year old daughter’s birthday. It holds her two American girl dolls. I now have built something for three of my children and have three more to go. This doll chest does have a couple secret compartments. One drawer has a false bottom. The shelf on the center section over the drawer pulls out to reveal a compartment behind the drawer. The bed also has some storage although its not so hidden. My kids see my secret compartments as my trademark. I used box joints to make the frames of the three boxes. With a wolfcraft pro doweling jig I joined the backs together. All the wood used is 1/2 inch thick oak. When I make another one for my youngest daughter I will use a lighter wood. On the drawers I did not use dovetails but I also did not use any nails, which is a first for me. The drawers use rabbet joints to attache the sides and back. I used a water base mahogany stain and high gloss polyurethane. I struggled with the stain and had to re-sand once. I may be tempted to sand some of it again. The next doll chest will be stained with a lighter color.
As I build different things I have learned I should have bought a better table saw. I currently have an inexpensive craftsman 10 inch. The big issue is the miter gauge which has a lot of play. It causes me to spend a lot of time trying to make the box joints. The slop also made it easier for one of my dado cuts on this project to shift. The tabs on the miter track make it almost impossible to use a better miter gauge. I may build a sled to ride over the top of the saw to help solve some of the issues. The sled will be stabilized by guides riding on the outside of the table. My band saw is a Grizzly 513 17 inch and it is awesome. I would not trade that at all. I also heavily use a Ryobi oscillating belt/drum sander. My dust collector is a modified harbor-freight dust collector mounted on a feed grinder cyclone which vents outside. It does help although to protect me from irritating my lung infection I now use a MSA respirator. I am borrowing a porter cable router which is in a wolfcraft table from a very gracious friend. I also have an old sears router and a master-force plunge router.