Bow Front/Bow Side Chest of Drawers

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Project by Randy Moseley posted 1287 days ago 1848 views 8 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chest is 36” high, 22” deep and 30” wide made with red oak and walnut. The face frame is cut in the curve using 2 X 4 pine, the final curve with a flush cutting bit against a MDF pattern, then veneered with thin red oak resawn on the table and band saw. Drawer fronts are red oak resawn, drum sanded to thin flexible pieces, then plastic resin glued back together on a curved form made of 2 X 6 pine boards (tip: cover the pine forms with wax paper to keep the drawer fronts from sticking to the forms). The legs are 3/4” walnut laminated into posts then cut out on the bandsaw and sanded with a spindle sander. The leg design was done by experimenting on paper then cutting a MDF pattern. The sides are 1/4” oak plywood, kerf cut every 3/8” so they would bend in the slots cut in the legs with a straight bit. Inside drawer fronts are also kerf cut to bend as shown in the last picture. The finish is two coats sanding sealer and two coats lacquer, sprayed. This project is to be donated for a charity fund raiser silent auction.

-- Randy, DeKalb, Illinois

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#1 posted 1287 days ago

WOW, Randy – that is one gorgeous piece of work! I could only hope to be able to do something that nice someday. Thanks so much for posting!


-- cut it twice and it's still too short...

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#2 posted 1287 days ago

Beautiful! Well done.

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#3 posted 1287 days ago

Nicely done, Randy… I especially like the addition of the walnut and those legs are endowed with playfully curvaceous elegance.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 1287 days ago

Great work and I love the design especially the legs.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#5 posted 1287 days ago

beautiful piece!

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#6 posted 1287 days ago

Flat out awesome! Well done Randy!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 1287 days ago

Fantastic craftsmanship!

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

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#8 posted 1287 days ago

Lovely Piece. Creative and thoughtful design. Sure hope the auction price is worthy of the subject!

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#9 posted 1287 days ago

You should be proud!

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#10 posted 1287 days ago

You definitely have a way with curves and design stuff! Gorgeous! Thanks for posting.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#11 posted 1287 days ago

That is a very nice piece, Well designed with fine craftsmanship and a real eye for taste, your leg design is intriguing, fits the project very well, congrats on a job well done, I hope those at the fund raiser represent your effort and generosity appropriately, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#12 posted 1287 days ago

All I can say is BEAUTIFUL WORK.

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#13 posted 1287 days ago

Beautiful piece!

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#14 posted 1287 days ago

Oh man, waw!

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#15 posted 1287 days ago

The craftsmanship is wonderful.

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