Bow Front/Bow Side Chest of Drawers II

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Project by Randy Moseley posted 03-26-2011 09:51 PM 2088 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a second one of these chests for a fund raiser for the local nursing home. The 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. I used the same MDF pattern on the leg design as the first one of these I made. 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.

-- Randy, DeKalb, Illinois

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Stephen Mines

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#1 posted 03-26-2011 10:44 PM

Hi Randy,
That’s a very unique and interesting build. The end result was kind of a shock at first glim but the more I look at it the more appealing it becomes to me. The design really works. Wonderful use of wood species and materials. Kudos!

-- Stephen Mines (

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 03-26-2011 11:19 PM

That is one beautiful chest!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for sharing!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 03-27-2011 01:40 AM

In one word…

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#4 posted 03-27-2011 02:46 AM

Very nice!

I like the contrast.

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

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#5 posted 03-27-2011 03:27 AM

i REALLY like the legs on this project. Very nice.

-- Alex -- "I will one day write something intelligent, witty, or humorous here"

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#6 posted 03-27-2011 03:42 PM

Great job, I too like the legs.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 03-27-2011 08:49 PM

That is just “BEAUTIFUL” I concur with above comment on the more you look at it, I really like this style, it’s like a great painting that you want to spend more time with, You are a very generous Man with a very worthy cause, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#8 posted 03-28-2011 07:43 PM

that is awesome! i hope it has a very special place to go.

did you follow specific plans etc?

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL -

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#9 posted 03-28-2011 07:47 PM

It’s so peculiar that I can’t stop looking at it (in a good way). He’s got a beefy little stance and tons of personality.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 03-29-2011 12:04 AM

Folks, we have a winner!!

-- you may only live once, but if you do it right that's all you need

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