Chest of drawers

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Project by Mork posted 08-20-2011 08:55 PM 2461 views 8 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve just finished designing and building a chest of drawers made of quarter-sawn oak. Although I have been woodworking for many years this is my first venture into furniture making. One primary reason for not doing this in the past is the availability and cost of quarter-sawn oak. I figured that if I was going to put a lot of effort into building something really nice that I needed to start out with some nice wood. Thanks to Lumber Jocks I found the wood!

More to come… two nightstands and another chest of drawers.

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#1 posted 08-20-2011 09:43 PM

You’ve done yourself proud. Beautiful proportions and workmanship

-- Joe

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#2 posted 08-20-2011 10:34 PM

That quatersawn oak looks great. Nice job.

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

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#3 posted 08-20-2011 10:35 PM

WOW! You did all that with a Poulan Pro chainsaw? I’m impressed! Seriously though, it looks really nice. I love QSWO.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#4 posted 08-21-2011 03:55 AM

You have very nice proportions which is not common in a 1st time furniture build piese by most. Very impressive and your dovetail work on the doors are exceptionally nice. Quarter sawn oak is a really nice and stable wood to work with. I am sure this piece will be a family heirloom. Keep up the nice work and craftsmanship

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#5 posted 08-21-2011 04:20 AM

Thanks all for the compliment. I used an older dresser as a guide for the general proportion only. The old dresser was made quite different and rather poorly. The slightly tapered corner posts was my idea and seems to add a feeling of stability and sturdiness to the design. It was a very thought out design that was sketched on scrapes of paper when the ideas came to mind. I’m plese with the outcome… so much so that I plan on making a tall chest of drawers and a couple of night stands also. In fact…. the rest of the bedroom furnature looks yucky now :o( This will drive me nut untill I make the other peices. Hopefully I have enough wood!

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#6 posted 08-21-2011 05:56 AM

NICE! What plan did you go by?

-- ericandcandi in Louisiana- Home of the "LSU Tigers"

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#7 posted 08-21-2011 03:22 PM

Beautiful craftsmanship!

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

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#8 posted 08-21-2011 03:31 PM

@ericandcandi – I had no plans. It’s pretty much all original although generally my ideas were influenced by other mission and arts & crafts designs. I also used an old chest of drawers as a guide for the basic dimensions (foot print and height) although the old chest of drawers looked nothing like what I built. I attached a picture of the old dresser. It’s an interesting design in itself but not what I was wanting to build. I don’t know much about the old dresser but judging by the construction and the fact that my dad restored it sometime in the 1940’s I’d say it is fairly old…. still, it obviously has quite a bit of machine cut ornamentation. One interesting aspect is the doweled or pinned drawer joints. I thought about doing this in my design although I suspect the dovetails were a bit easier and stronger too…. plus they look cool.

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#9 posted 08-22-2011 01:23 PM

That is some nice work! Love that Oak 1/4 sawn.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#10 posted 08-26-2011 04:06 AM

@Kevin – Just realized what you meant about the chain saw… Hahaha, i didn’t notice the saw in the background! Just a side note, I got the saw for 25 bucks. It didn’t run until I removing the carb and blew it out but it runs great now. Just in time for the dead tree behind the house! :o)

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#11 posted 08-27-2011 04:40 PM

Very Nice piece of furniture.

-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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#12 posted 09-04-2011 08:12 PM

Thanks for the kind words. I think Americans have pride but it’s difficult to be proud of something the Chinese can do for next to nothing. In the case of my dresser (and yours) there is no way China will make something like this… for that mater not many here in the US make stuff like this either. I’d say there isn’t enough demand. Honestly, if I paid the going rate for oak 1/4 sawn I would have had $300+ in materials alone.

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#13 posted 09-05-2011 07:27 PM

MFD is terrible for most anything! Plywood is great in some applications. I used it on the back and drawer bottoms in this dresser. I don’t mind plywood so much but MFD and partial board is out of the question for just about anything. $900 for a full set is ridiculously cheap but you get what you pay for. I’d have to have about that for the dresser alone!

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#14 posted 10-02-2011 07:51 AM


-- A Family That Prays Together...Is A Family That Stays Together

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#15 posted 12-20-2011 08:36 PM

Great chest – you got the details just right. From the quartersawn oak to the detailed hardware. Where did you find those pulls?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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