Tall Chest of Drawers

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Project by Terry Ferguson posted 1272 days ago 1828 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At 50” high this six drawer chest is all white oak. The carcass is white oak ply that was angle mitered to provide continuous grain match up the sides and over the top to a horizontal joining piece. The drawer sides and front are full mitered joints with indian rosewood corner splines and the drawers run on wood rail supports that fit the routed groove in the drawer sides. The drawer parts, especially the faces were hand picked figured white oak.
This is a lower grade wood that is rejected by large furniture makers because of lack of uniform grain and difficulty to cut and plane. I bought a whole unit of this oak off the back of a truck that came to Oregon from Alabama to get rid of wood that no one wanted. A serendipitous mistake on my part – I like the grain figure.

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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#1 posted 1272 days ago

I agree I like the grain figure as well.

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#2 posted 1272 days ago

from afar that figure on the drawer fronts looks more like cherry – absolutely fantastic cherry. I’d love to see it in person as ive never seen oak like that.

anyway, that’s a beautiful chest of drawers, the design is really cool. How did you make the pulls?

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#3 posted 1272 days ago

I love the design, great job.

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#4 posted 1272 days ago

I have to agree with AarunK… looks like cherry, but cherry is in such high demand, they would not have sold it that. I making a window seat for one of my sons and wanted to use cherry but decided on oak because of the price difference. Nice work Terry and nice design… is that your own design?

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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Terry Ferguson

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#5 posted 1272 days ago

Everything that I build is my own design, however I have to admit to being influenced
by many styles and many craftsmen, contemporary or in the past. One of my favorites is Wharton Esherick.
Some say that there are no new ideas, only reshaping of past ideas.
We are all exposed to many different visual experiences and use any one or a combination of them as a starting point. So maybe what I build is not really all my design but the sum of my experiences and research.
When any one builds or creates a project that can be labeled as “Arts and Crafts”, “Green and Green”, “Mission”
or whatever that probably means that that was their starting point, but with their own creativity added.
Some people are creative enough to start a new style that is unique. Wendell Castle and Sam Maloof come to mind and in terms of far reaching influences in the world of woodworking – the great James Krenov.]
Bet you didn’t think you were going to get this rant.

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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#6 posted 1272 days ago

Creative, unique, beautiful craftsmanship.

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#7 posted 1272 days ago

Wow i really like this project, It looks awesome. Out of all your projects this is my favorite one. I love the design.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#8 posted 1271 days ago

Stunning what a lucky score with the wood. You used it well

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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