Oriental Box of Drawers

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Project by Douglas Krueger posted 03-16-2008 06:11 PM 3788 views 6 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After making the decision to get back into wood working again, this was one of my early projects and was my first experience with the Thailand Padoo species of wood. In the pile of wood I bought was one piece of lumber that was knotty and it had been set it aside as a ‘worthless’ discard. Because the shop has a problem with space, it was never far away and After seeing it one too many times, decided to try and work with it in an effort to capture the beauty of the knots and incorporate them into the design. The biggest knots were placed in the top 2 drawer faces


To try and balance the use of knots, they were also worked into other pieces of the project:



This was a plan that was borrowed from Jeff Greef and modified a bit both by design and by accident

All of the curved work and mortise/tenons were mostly done by hand along and an electric drill and were a ‘learn on the fly’ experience which inevitably increased the scrap pile.

The drawers were lined with some local Thai silk material fastened with silicone mastic. The overall dimensions are about 16×16x10” deep and the finish was my second attempt at sprayed urethane.

All in all it was a lot of fun to build and many lessons learned have become very useful on subsequent projects. Now I can not stop building things with Padoo (as witnessed on my project page), the color, grain and texture of this wood keeps surprising me with each new project.

Thanks for looking

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#1 posted 03-16-2008 06:24 PM

Nice joinery skills. The wood you selected is beautiful. Welcome to LumberJocks.

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#2 posted 03-16-2008 06:56 PM

I like it. Interesting sides/slides.

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#3 posted 03-16-2008 07:12 PM

That is an excellent job! Very nice.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 03-16-2008 07:27 PM

Very nice design and beautiful work.

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#5 posted 03-16-2008 08:18 PM

This is an excellent both in design and execution.

Thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 03-16-2008 10:00 PM

well thought out grain selection. skillfully balanced design. pretty color wood.

welcome to lumberjocks.

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#7 posted 03-17-2008 12:50 AM


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#8 posted 03-17-2008 12:56 AM

wow ! thats awsome . exellent work ! welcome to l j

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#9 posted 03-17-2008 10:13 AM

Spectacular looking box.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 03-17-2008 12:00 PM

Beautiful cabinet diggrduggr! And by the way, welcome to your new home here in LJ.

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#11 posted 03-17-2008 12:37 PM

looks great. nice to see something out of the ordinary.

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#12 posted 03-17-2008 12:51 PM

stunning. the design and the lined drawers. Wow

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#13 posted 03-17-2008 02:58 PM

Man, is that nice. Looks like you put a lot of work into it.

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Douglas Krueger

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#14 posted 03-17-2008 04:20 PM

Thanks for all the kind comments, you are a right friendly bunch of guys. This piece did take a while but I am never in a hurry as I have found that that just compounds the already too numerous ‘ooooops’ and ‘oh $ht’s’. I have been exploring the website and have found a lot of useful info already. Back to work, now where did I put my board stretcher????

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#15 posted 03-17-2008 11:53 PM

Beautiful grain just a great piece. mike

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