Cherry Chest of Drawers

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Project by John posted 10-21-2011 01:59 AM 1711 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found a picture of this chest of drawers while surfing through images on the internet and just fell in love with the reverse taper leg design. It is very close to the orignial image I found with some minor changes and I believe the one I saw used plywood for the carcass sides. This chest is solid cherry (there looks to be a little curl in the legs), with maple drawer sides and backs. I did use poplar for my secondary wood inside the cabinet. The drawer pulls are maple. This is my first chest of drawers. It is the latest project I have completed and was a gift for my girlfriend’s birthday. This was also my first attemp at doing skipped pin dovetails. As with just about all my work, the finish is Minwax Antique Oil. The inside of both the carcass and the drawers were finished with shellac to cut down on the “finish” smell inside the chest.

-- John, Rocky Mount, VA

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#1 posted 10-21-2011 04:52 AM

Interesting dovetails , great job on the finish and some wonderful curly cherry on the legs. : )

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

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#2 posted 10-21-2011 01:37 PM

Beautiful. Excellent joinery!

-- I'm not crying... That's dust in my eyes!

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#3 posted 10-21-2011 03:08 PM

Nice work. Cherry wood is a pleasure to work and finishes beautifuly.

-- All about wood..

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#4 posted 10-21-2011 04:09 PM

Nice chest of drawers !! I like the handles and the dovetails in the drawer. I should use more cherry…...


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#5 posted 10-21-2011 04:47 PM

The finish really pops. It is beautiful.

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#6 posted 10-21-2011 09:11 PM

Beautiful. Nice execution, the cherry just shouts “look at me”. The pulls and the tapers really make the chest
stand out. Congradulations.

-- Ben in Va

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#7 posted 10-22-2011 04:49 AM

great refined look. Well executed

-- Dave,Portland OR

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#8 posted 10-22-2011 04:07 PM

A fine borrowed design with good details and finish. I especially like the up swept curves on the drawer fronts, the reduced top edge and of course those very lovely legs.
Now for me, your solid matching looks better on the side than on the top and the second drawer front looks a little out of sync with the others though it could be the lighting. I know how tough it is to see and arrange for figure, sometimes I re-saw and book-match around the problem. Sometimes I veneer over solid on the top.
But then I quibble, for this is a mid century/ modern beauty.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#9 posted 10-22-2011 10:20 PM

Thanks for the comments.
vipond33- You’re right about that second drawer. Not sure why it came out like that. The top drawer was the one I was worried about because it came from a different lot of cherry which was much darer before finishing. The top…... well I had another one made, but I made it too small and just wasn’t happy with it. The boards did match better, but it just didn’t look right on the chest. I was able to put this top together with what cherry I had left, but I agree with the matching being better on the sides. I have not tried any veneer work yet.

-- John, Rocky Mount, VA

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