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Project by dshute posted 04-21-2011 02:21 AM 1677 views 13 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I should have taken some in process pics but I didn’t. This is yet another peice for our bedroom set. It was originally going to be a blanket chest but do to the lack of space for another dresser in our room I decided to make the chest with drawers instead of a lid. Construction is mortise and tenon joinery, solid red oak. Finish is Minwax red oak stain with Waterlox original. Drawer boxes are hard maple with 3/8ths baltic birch bottoms. Normally I use poplar for drawer boxes but didn’t have any and had the maple. This was a fun project.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York





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CartersWhittling

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#1 posted 04-21-2011 02:44 AM

Very nice chest, clean construction and style.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23 http://carterswhittling.wordpress.com/

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#2 posted 04-21-2011 02:53 AM

Another super build.

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#3 posted 04-21-2011 02:54 AM

Great Lookin Chest

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#4 posted 04-21-2011 02:59 AM

Very nice job, how many coats did you use of the minwax?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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308Gap

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#5 posted 04-21-2011 06:36 AM

Your attention to detail shows, well done. As a complete novice to woodworking can I ask a ?? Do you measure for the drawers once the you know the exact spacing between the slides?

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#6 posted 04-21-2011 02:35 PM

I like that better than a blanket chest.. great build.

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

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dshute

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#7 posted 04-21-2011 11:16 PM

To answer a couple of questions. 308Gap asked if I measure for drawers after building and installing slides, I have always fit drawers to the opening so yes they are built after the case but not before I install the slides. Drawers operated best when you keep close tolorance.
Bigike asked about how many coats of stain, one. Waterlox is applied with three coats, 400 grit between coats and 1500 grit wet sand after last coat has dried for 48 hours, just to tone it down a bit.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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308Gap

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#8 posted 04-22-2011 06:39 AM

Thank you sir, I have searched for that answer for a long time. After seeing the pictures of your project, my wife said ” TRY to build it like that”. My last project did finish well because I didn’t acclimate the wood. I’m learning.

-- Thank You Veterans!

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308Gap

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#9 posted 04-23-2011 11:07 PM

The wife picked your chest in knotty alder for our bedroom. I think the clean lines did it. So where do I send the wood?

-- Thank You Veterans!

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dshute

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#10 posted 04-24-2011 01:36 AM

308Gap, you can do this, it was almost too easy and very fun at the same time. I used 1” long by 3/8” thick tenons and matching mortises. Three frames were made to go under the top, between the drawers and one under the bottom drawer. Frames were made from poplar and are 2 1/2” wider so I could set the drawer slides on them for easy installation. The frames were set in dado joints and glued. Frames were also mortise and tenon. The panels are also solid oak resawn from thick stock, love my bandsaw!

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#11 posted 11-10-2012 01:31 PM

Very nice. I have seen others talk negatively about red oak. Your project shows how handsome red oak can be.

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dshute

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#12 posted 11-10-2012 05:59 PM

I don’t get hung up on what others say about wood species, if a particular species fits your criteria then that’s all that is important. There are relatively few wood species that I cannot see the beauty in without a coat of paint.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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