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Project by ajosephg posted 10-18-2011 05:14 AM 3802 views 17 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This has been the major project in my shop for the last 14 months or so. I had to take some time off from time to time when I lost my inspiration.

Major materials are: Cherry, Eastern Red Cedar drawers, brass drawer pulls, and full suspension drawer slides. The back and side panels are cherry plywood, and the drawer bottoms are birch 1/4 inch plywood. Other behind the scenes materials are poplar and 1/2 inch Baltic birch.

Joinery is dowels for the most part. Kreg screws were used to install the corner bracing in the bottom and top, as well as the rear stile. The rear stile’s purpose is to divide the back into two sections and provide support to the back panels. I did this so the back panel wouldn’t be too floppy.

Finish is 5 coats approximately (I forgot how many. I just keep slathering it on until I get the look I want.) of brushed on Minwax gloss polyurethane followed by 2 coats of semi gloss polyurethane (spray cans) to cut the glossy shine.

The top is mounted to the case with Rockler table clips. http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=784&filter=table%20clips

Here are some additional photos.

BOTTOM ARCS AND DRAWER CLOSEUP

VIEW FROM REAR BEFORE BOTH BACK PANELS INSTALLED.

(Back panels were attached with brass screws)

INSIDE VIEW OF DRAWER SHOWING DRAWER PANEL MOUNTING SCREWS

ADJUSTABLE FURNITURE GLIDES INSTALLED IN 1/4 INCH SCREW INSERTS
The drive in screw inserts were further secured with epoxy to keep insert from being pulled out in the event the piece is moved on carpet or rough floor.

DETAIL OF FRONT RAIL/CENTER STILE

REAR VIEW PRIOR TO DRAWER SLIDE INSTALLATION

(Note: Finish has not yet been over-coated with satin poly, therefore the shine.)

FRONT VIEW PRIOR TO DRAWER SLIDE INSTALLATION

The center divider is 1/4 inch Baltic Birch plywood, and the dust panels are 1/4 inch Birch plywood,

-- Joe





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#1 posted 10-18-2011 05:21 AM

Beautiful project …love the hardware as well : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 10-18-2011 05:23 AM

Dang, Joe… That’s really nice. I didn’t know you did big projects. Hell, I’d have that ! It looks like high end store bought (and that is a complement). Impressive.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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ajosephg

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#3 posted 10-18-2011 05:49 AM

Funny that you should say that David. I looked at a lot of high end furniture web sites to validate my concept.

-- Joe

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JoshOne

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#4 posted 10-18-2011 06:07 AM

Gorgeous wood, gorgeous craftsmanship. Well done. Worth every minute spent on it!

-- "The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne"

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#5 posted 10-18-2011 07:14 AM

Looks awesomne from here. Nice job!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 10-18-2011 08:41 AM

I swear I saw one just like it at the Ethan Allen Carriage House in Memphis in 1978. Fess up, Joe ! ;=)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#7 posted 10-18-2011 10:48 AM

Really beautiful, I like it!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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ajosephg

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#8 posted 10-18-2011 01:01 PM

@David – Here is the Fess up. Never been to Ethan Allen, but I looked at this one a lot! http://www.tradewins-furniture.com/proddetail.php?prod=TWN1288

I used cherry instead of oak, adjusted the dimensions and proportions to fit our space, and probably spent more on material than it would cost to buy one ready made. LOL. But isn’t that what we do when making legacy stuff for our kids to inherit?

-- Joe

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#9 posted 10-18-2011 01:16 PM

Looks really good.

-- I'm from Denmark, but live in Sweden.

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#10 posted 10-18-2011 02:42 PM

Joe – you did a nice job – really nice. I liked your note that it probably cost more than buying it. That happens to me a lot but in the end, you have a house full of relly nice furniture. From time to time, furniture in my house gets phased out and as a rule, it gets donated. Keeps the projects changing.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#11 posted 10-18-2011 04:19 PM

Love the grain on the cedar, I’m going to be building a pair of dressers soon and I think I’m going to scratch the maple drawers and go with cedar. Did you finish the cedar at all?

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey http://davidwahl.org/category/woodworking/

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#12 posted 10-18-2011 04:42 PM

Very nice work Joe a quality piece for sure.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#13 posted 10-18-2011 04:52 PM

Hiya Joe,

Well….it don’t get any better than this…..Stellar job on the build, and on the choices of woods. And it fit just in the right spot in your casa.. I like the double-drawer system with the divider…. now you have a place to put your fresh underwear, and keep the moths out, too….lol. It may of took you a long time, but was well worth it, and the end results are fantastic…..I like a lot of pixs of the build on a project, and bud, you came through on all accounts…...Thanks for posting, and keep on keeping on…...

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#14 posted 10-18-2011 05:02 PM

WOW!!! Outstandingly well done. I can almost smell it through the screen. I really love the understated base curves. It’s one of those things that I would be postive about disliking but now that I see it, I love it. I love the clever use of strong blocking. No skimping on the dust panels. Excellent materials choice. All around a fine, fine piece that I’d LOVE to have in my home.

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

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#15 posted 10-18-2011 05:04 PM

That is an unbelievably nice piece. I can smell the cedar from here. Congrats on your accomplishment.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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