Walnut Chest of Drawers

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Project by Ricky posted 01-26-2007 04:43 PM 3018 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Walnut Chest of Drawers I recently completed. Solid walnut (even the back is solid walnut) that I cut and dried myself. For the case construction I used was blind DT’s. For the drawer dividers I used sliding dovetails with the web frame using loose tendons. Solid wood panel back. Secondary wood is ash, with solid wood drawer bottoms. Graduated drawers with the finish of BLO, shellac with a top coat of Waterlox varnish. Moldings were attached using dovetail keys. I cut a rabbet on 3 sides of the drawer fronts with the bottom flush then used a round over bit for the drawer front detail. It is 51 ½” tall and 32” wide and 19” deep.

-- There are two theories to arguing with a woman... neither works.

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#1 posted 01-26-2007 05:55 PM

Ricky, your chest of drawers is gorgeous! I relly like the figure of the walnut and the very nice detail of how you finished the back. Must be very satisfing to see such a beuatiful project from wood that you cut and dried.


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#2 posted 01-26-2007 08:49 PM

and a very beautiful back it is to.

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#3 posted 01-26-2007 09:39 PM

I love Walnut I’d love too touch, & feel that nice finish.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 01-27-2007 01:36 AM

Ricky, you have my respect for this piece. It’s beautifully executed. I particularly like the way you have finished surfaces not normally seen. The back looks great and it’s a pity to hide it against the wall. Truly destined to be an heirloom piece.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 01-27-2007 01:59 AM

the only thing word that I can find that even comes close to my perspective is: “PERFECT”.

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#6 posted 01-27-2007 04:29 AM


-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 01-27-2007 06:36 AM

Thanks everyone for your nice comments.

-- There are two theories to arguing with a woman... neither works.

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#8 posted 01-27-2007 12:58 PM

You just might be a Lumberjock if … you spend your time complimenting the part of a piece that NOBODY WILL EVER SEE. I guess that’s what makes this piece a Masterfully done work of Art. That back, WOW. When the unseen back of an item is better than the FRONT of mine, makes me glad that I’ve decided that the bar has been raised and I need to step up.

Welcome to the shop. (Ya gotta just love it when a Newbie walks into the shop, totin’ a Masterpiece)

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#9 posted 01-27-2007 04:35 PM

I have an Oak chest of drawers in the works. I hope mine comes out even half as nice!

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#10 posted 02-01-2007 01:14 AM

Nicely done. I really appreciate your fine black walnut stock.

-- Terry

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#11 posted 02-01-2007 03:11 AM

Rick Very nice chest of drawers. and Welcome to LumberJocks.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 02-07-2007 03:28 AM

that’s a really beautiful piece. Both the front, back and drawers!!!!!

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#13 posted 02-15-2008 07:23 AM

one heck of a posting. beautiful work. what have you been working on ? looking forward to seeing more.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#14 posted 03-08-2008 03:37 AM

Classically elegant design, fantastic execution and a beautiful finish. Great job. This is definitely a piece to be proud of! I’m glad you didn’t succumb to the “lazy’s” and finished the back. A true professional quality piece.

-- Mark

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#15 posted 03-08-2008 12:47 PM

Magnificent. I am glad this came out of the archives.

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