Oak credenza with propeller shaped drawer fronts (from single board)

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Project by Antti posted 12-27-2011 09:14 AM 3323 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found this design by Soren Rose Studio, and made my own interpretation for our living room. Found this great piece of oak, which I used to make all the drawers with a continuous grain pattern.

The drawers are 600 mm, 500 mm and 450 mm wide, and as the top and bottom row are different heights, each front is of different size. This is relevant as I had to build individual jigs for shaping the fronts… lesson learned in ease of design vs. execution.

The legs are cherry.

Ends are joined with half blind dovetails, and the dividers with dowels. I resorted to factory made drawer boxes that came with the soft-closing drawer slides (had to, if I were to finish this during my time off from work…).

As often commented, the pictures don’t do the grain and color of the front justice. The original oak board was 0,5 meter wide, 40 mm thick and 2,7 meters long. After milling and shaping, the thickest part of the shape is 36 mm and thinnest part 16 mm. Initially it hurt to saw it into six pieces, but it “came back” nicely in the end.

The finish is 2 coats of Osmo Colors “oil wax”. Included also some how to photos (I posted these earlier also in a blog). It was scary at times, as I knew that if I saw / grind / shave too deep, the whole thing is ruined… I marked and drilled the holes for attaching the drawer mechanism while the fronts were still square in all dimensions.

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#1 posted 12-27-2011 01:10 PM

Looks like a lot of fun to make! Now, are you going to build more furniture with the same style so the room matches?

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 12-27-2011 03:03 PM


I’m tempted – go see an example at

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#3 posted 12-27-2011 07:49 PM

Nice consistent grain on the front of it, great job

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 12-28-2011 12:34 AM

Your credenza looks simple in design yet incredibly and deceptively complex in what it took to make the propeller effect, Antti. I admire your ingenuity and patience in not only coming out with the design but doing such a great job to the finish! You didn’t lose a big beautiful slab of oak. You gained a heirloom furniture you can be very proud of! Funiture making fascinates me. It’s something I only wish I could do.

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#5 posted 12-28-2011 04:32 AM

A very unique credenza ,nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 12-28-2011 10:02 AM

Thanks for the positive feedback! Just to be clear, my designers skills in this case were limited to surfing the net and finding a picture from finnishdesignshop. From then on, it was reversed engineering with sketchup.

So far replicating other peoples designs is enough of a challenge for me. Next up, Sam Maloof! Might take a while before I get to post my low back chairs, given full time job and two kids…

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#7 posted 01-29-2012 07:22 PM

Those are some really fantastic drawer faces. You make it look so easy!!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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