chest of drawers

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Project by jdh122 posted 01-07-2012 02:25 AM 1202 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chest of drawers is about my most complicated project yet, started it about 8 months ago (but then mostly stopped during the summer to work on other things). The primary wood is ash, which is a wood I’ve never used before. It’s really a beautiful wood (I hope all of North America’s trees don’t get wiped out by this beetle). Secondary wood is pine, other than the drawer sliders, which are oak.
The drawer joinery is all dovetails, and the carcase is a combination of m + t and dowels. I wanted to use wood sliders but also wanted to have nothing other than the drawer fronts showing in the front. Took me a lot of messing about to come up with the solution of leaving the bottom of the drawers longer than the sides to hide the sliders on the sides. Finished with Danish oil. All joinery done by hand, other than drilling for the dowels (got to get myself a brace).
I’m too cheap not to use the browner sapwood that you see on the bottom drawer, although it probably would have been a better look to have the drawer fronts to be of a more consistent color and grain.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#1 posted 01-07-2012 03:29 AM

Great looking chest of drawers

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-07-2012 03:54 AM

Fine job, like the grain

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 01-07-2012 05:13 PM

Great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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