3 woods chest of drawers

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Project by KnickKnack posted 06-26-2011 09:27 AM 1989 views 8 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been working on this for about 3 months, but it seems like a whole lot longer.
The design is based on the bedside table I made a while ago – I still think the sliders being part of the structure and having “no” sides is an interesting idea.
A whole bunch of “firsts” in here…
  • breadboard ends for the top
  • inset strips – these were less difficult than I thought – the main difficulty was getting the oak exactly the right width, and the rounded ends, and an exact length. They didn’t look like anything much until the fuming darkened the oak.
  • “Dovetail drawers”. Not the traditional method which I still think is a little beyond me, but sliding dovetails instead.

I like the contrasts between the ash/oak/beech, but overall I think this has come out a little bit too “busy” – a problem, I think, in trying to incorporate too many new ideas/details/techniques in a single piece.

Fumed oak, ash, and beech. Oil/varnish/thinners finish.

As is customary – let them comments, good bad and indifferent, fly!

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#1 posted 06-26-2011 11:54 AM

Great job friend! I really like the design!

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#2 posted 06-26-2011 12:09 PM

Lovely piece of work. Thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 06-26-2011 01:34 PM

Beautiful work, interesting design. I really like it.

Great shop mate in the last pic, too.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#4 posted 06-26-2011 02:35 PM

Beautiful wood combination. I like it!

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#5 posted 06-26-2011 03:38 PM

Very impressive woodworking!

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

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#6 posted 06-26-2011 04:13 PM

i really like the design! fantastic work!

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#7 posted 06-26-2011 04:21 PM

Very interesting and unique. It looks very nice.

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#8 posted 06-26-2011 04:33 PM

Very different design. It came out great, and the use of the contrasting woods worked splendidly.

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#9 posted 06-26-2011 05:45 PM

beautiful work again! this piece brings together nicely some of the design elements youve been using in your smaller pieces. I really like how the drawer slides go all the way through. I like it partly because it looks cool and partly because it is an efficient use of wood. What is the purpose of paneled sides if you have enclosed boxes (drawers) inside anyway?

I agree with you that it is a little busy. I think the beech breadboard ends and strips along the front make it that way – using just the ash there would have calmed it down, and then you always have the different color for the drawer sides that show.

a few questions:
could you give approximate overall dimensions and also how wide are those legs?
Do the dovetail splines on the drawers go all the way through to the bottom?
how are the drawer bottoms constructed? (solid panel or ply? floating?)
how are the beech strips across the front joined to the oak slides?

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#10 posted 06-26-2011 06:42 PM

Thanks for the comments.
Dimensions – these were the design drawings, all measurements in centimetres, and it came out that size more or less a few mill. The “basic square” is a nominal 10mm – actually more like 11mm. So, for example, the ash horizontals are ~20mm.

(The second picture shows some extra beech decorative pieces I’d toyed with the idea of adding, but, thankfully, I pulled back from that)

Yes, the dovetail splines are full length.
The drawer bottoms are ply, floating.
The beech horizontal strips are attached only to the ash horizontals – they’re not structural since the drawer is sliding on the oak and the rigidity of the frame comes from the ash/oak joins.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#11 posted 06-26-2011 07:16 PM

Great work and I had to look at it for a while to see all the details. I really like all the things you have going on here! Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 06-26-2011 10:32 PM

hi fantastic piece of workmanship love the design and the combination of wood you used

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#13 posted 06-27-2011 04:00 PM

ah cool! i didn’t realize that the oak slides basically created a bridle joint around the ash parts in the front – that would make things very very strong.

how did you mill out the oak slides? also, how wide are the ash pieces along the front (that is, how deep do they go into the cabinet?)?

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#14 posted 06-27-2011 05:43 PM

The ash pieces along the front (and back) are about 4cm for the middle pair (4 in all – 2 front 2 back), and about 6cm for the top and bottom (4 in all – 2 front 2 back).
This picture of the back taken during construction (yep, I didn’t square up the slots) ...

As for the oak sliders – lots of passes on my router table – they’re all basically the same, and (except the top and bottom, which are kindof) symmetrical – take off a coupla mill, flip, repeat etc. I cut the slots to receive them in the ash first, so I could “sneak up” on exactly the right depth. Since the ash recesses are “through and through” I clamped them all together and did them all at once – no possibility of even a mill of mismatch front to back or side to side.
I thought it was more like a mortise & tenon, but it looks quite like a bridle joint too – 2 joints for the price of 1! lol

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#15 posted 06-27-2011 05:49 PM

Outstanding. The details make it. You’re operating at very high tolerances. Very nice work.

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

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