Bow Front/Bow Side Chest of Drawers

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Project by Randy Moseley posted 01-14-2011 08:09 PM 2476 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 01-14-2011 08:17 PM

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!


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#2 posted 01-14-2011 08:20 PM

Beautiful! Well done.

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#3 posted 01-14-2011 08:23 PM

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 01-14-2011 08:24 PM

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 fibreglass trees.

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#5 posted 01-14-2011 08:25 PM

beautiful piece!

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#6 posted 01-14-2011 08:30 PM

Flat out awesome! Well done Randy!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 01-14-2011 09:05 PM

Fantastic craftsmanship!

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

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#8 posted 01-14-2011 09:13 PM

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

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#9 posted 01-14-2011 09:20 PM

You should be proud!

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#10 posted 01-14-2011 09:38 PM

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

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#11 posted 01-14-2011 09:41 PM

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 01-14-2011 09:47 PM

All I can say is BEAUTIFUL WORK.

-- Ed Port Republic

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#13 posted 01-14-2011 10:15 PM

Beautiful piece!

-- She was only a rancher's daughter, but all of the horsemen knew her.

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#14 posted 01-14-2011 11:53 PM

Oh man, waw!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#15 posted 01-15-2011 01:06 AM

The craftsmanship is wonderful.

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