Five Drawer "Not Just Any Box" Contest Entry

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Project by molarman posted 01-11-2008 03:57 AM 3606 views 24 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was made with a stand, but as the stand made this project exceed the maximum allowed height for this contest, it was removed for the purposes of this entry. The drawers are joined with half-blind dovetails, and are made from maple with bubinga fronts. The cabinet is cherry as are the drawer pulls, while the dovetailed cornerposts are made from bloodwood. It measures 11 3/8” tall, 8 3/4” wide, and 6” deep. The drawer fronts are radiused to create both shadow lines and visual interest. I finished it with Waterlox original followed by buffing with tripoli and wax which creates an ultra-smooth surface which begs to be touched.

-- Woodworking is not a's a joinery !!!

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#1 posted 01-11-2008 04:04 AM

Excellent Box! I love the drawers.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-11-2008 04:10 AM

Nah, I’m sorry..that’s a chest of drawers. You’ll have to wait for the chest of drawers contest. <g>

Seriously, that’s fantastic! I’m sitting here in awe of those sides-to-top joints, trying to figure out exactly how you made them. The fit and finish are amazing. People are going to have a tough time with the contest vote, trying to pick a favorite out of some awesome boxes.

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

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#3 posted 01-11-2008 04:13 AM

Whoa…That’s beautiful. Definitely gotta have this one on my favorites list. Nicely done.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#4 posted 01-11-2008 04:25 AM

Great Design! I love the contrast of the different woods.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 01-11-2008 04:39 AM

Yes, This is a real fine piece.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#6 posted 01-11-2008 05:14 AM

another great entry.

Oh man, it’s getting tough!

-- Paul, Texas

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#7 posted 01-11-2008 05:31 AM

Great Box. A nice design and great execution. Congratulation on finishing.

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

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Douglas Bordner

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#8 posted 01-11-2008 05:46 AM

Wonderful work, MM. Those radiused drawer fronts are an especially nice touch. And the cornerpost doves are very cool too. I’m guessing it’s more Incra work. Competition is going to be stiff, I can see.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#10 posted 01-11-2008 06:23 AM

great contest entry ! beautiful

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

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#11 posted 01-11-2008 06:35 AM

Elegant box, extremely nice work.

-- Marge, Colorado

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#12 posted 01-11-2008 06:37 AM

Nice box! The craftsmanship is great and as others have said, the drawer fronts are very eye-catching.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#13 posted 01-11-2008 06:38 AM

Molarman that is an outstanding box. I like everything about it. I’m hoping that you used the Keller dovetail jig for it – give me some hope for my future projects.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#14 posted 01-11-2008 06:43 AM

This is a great project. How did you shape the drawer fronts?

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#15 posted 01-11-2008 06:54 AM

Yeah, that’s very cool. The drawer fronts are a really nice touch.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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