Makeup storage for the wife

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Project by tbone74 posted 09-23-2011 06:21 PM 2150 views 8 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello! This is something I just completed for my wife. I just started woodworking and I shopped around for tools on craigs list for a few months and every time she said “another tool?” I promised I would make her something. This is what she asked for.

This is made from African Mahogony, and the drawers poplar. I assembled the sides and front woth pocket screws and glue.

There were alot of firsts for me with this project. I wanted to make bevel cuts on my table saw so the drawers were beveled 20 degrees as well as around the perimeter of the top. The sides are also beveled to make the raised pannel, also a first. I also cut an arc on the face of the drawer fronts.

My wife wanted all drawers when she asked me to make this and I was a little nervous at first because I had never done that before. After some research I purchased some drawer slides from Rockler and dove right in.

I wanted to use BLO as the finish but I had never used it either. I posted the question here and with in minutes a handful of you replied back with some great instruction, Thank you. So the finish is BLO cut with mineral spirits. There are about 8 coats on there every coat with a little less mineral spirits until the last coat was all BLO. Lastly I sealed it with a few coats of wipe on poly.

-- Tony

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#1 posted 09-23-2011 07:11 PM

Great looking piece! The lumber is beautiful, and I love the shape of the drawer fronts.

I would encourage you to keep experimenting on finish techniques. Your finish came out gorgeous, but I’m not convinced all those coats of BLO in different mixtures were really necessary. I’m betting if you had done one good coat of full strength BLO, wiping of the excess, and followed just as you did with the wipe-on poly, your finish would have looked every bit as good with a lot less work. But I could be wrong.

Again, great work!

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

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#2 posted 09-23-2011 07:33 PM

The drawer is professional looking. I love the wood grain on the drawer fronts. The angle cuts in the front drawers make it stand out beautifully. I am sure this will buy you a few more tools.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#3 posted 09-23-2011 07:33 PM

You did a fine job on this piece and I know your wife is very proud of it as you are. Now, when you buy more tools she will hopefully get excited as you do and will be thinking of the next project for you to build.

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#4 posted 09-23-2011 09:18 PM

I’m grooving on those drawer fronts too! Very sharp! Great job!

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#5 posted 09-23-2011 09:41 PM

Man o man… I wish I was that good when I started… fabulous…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 09-23-2011 10:31 PM

Great stuff, love the fronts! Would have loved to see all four drawers have similar (the darker) grain pattern, but that’s my personal preference.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#7 posted 09-24-2011 12:03 AM

I really like the drawer faces…...I’m trying to wrap my mind around the process, can you post a quick explaination? Almost seems like you started with something arches arcoss the top (or maybe its just been a long week and my brain is a little gooey)

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#8 posted 09-24-2011 12:05 AM

Wait a second! After further review, I realized the drawer faces are arched in the long direction! Sorry for the brain-fart.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#9 posted 09-24-2011 12:46 AM

Love the drawer fronts. Your wife now has a great looking chest of drawers. You have some good will capital to look for some more tools, now that’s a win win in my book.

-- Mel,

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#10 posted 09-24-2011 01:47 AM

You say you “just started woodworking”? wow…
That would be considered good work even for a seasoned woodworker

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#11 posted 09-24-2011 08:05 AM

I agree the drawer front is awesome.Please tell us how this is done.

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#12 posted 09-24-2011 05:11 PM

Thanks for all the comments! She’s already asking for a couple other items for me to build

Gul- I started with a 1 3/4” thick piece of mohagany and cut an arch on the long direction of the board. I then cut a 20 degree slice off the top and bottom on the table saw.

-- Tony

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#13 posted 09-24-2011 08:57 PM

I have to agree with the others. Look forward to your next project.

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#14 posted 09-25-2011 08:52 PM

You must have gather some great tools. You did a wondertful project for her and I am sure it is apprechiated

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#15 posted 09-26-2011 02:43 AM

Nice work I really like the drawers

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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