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Project by Antti posted 913 days ago 1577 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished, my elm chest. This was almost ready, when my next project took over (the oak credenza). This is a shameless amateur copy Koivusipila’s design (Finnish pro woodworker), to replace an IKEA chest from our children’s room (last time I closed the drawers on that, I had to kick them to get them to close. Now they won’t open, so its safe to say it was time…).

I used Blum’s soft close drawer slides, but made the drawers myself. That was quite intimidating for a first timer, since there was about 1-1,5 mm tolerance I had to meet… all went well, and the chest looks good to me. And weights a ton. Again, I used Osmo to finish this. My new favorite.





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 913 days ago

beautiful design. love the handle.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Charles Maxwell

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#2 posted 913 days ago

Shameless – - – I don’t think so! I think you would make Koivusipila jealous of your talent.

-- Max the "night janitor" at www.hardwoodclocks.com

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 913 days ago

It’s a very clean and neat chest. Nice going.

helluvawreck
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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ugoboy

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#4 posted 913 days ago

You really did a nice job! I like the bevels on the drawer fronts and the legs it really add a nice touch. I’m sure your kids are too young to really appreciate, but maybe in due time they will be able to learn the Art of Woodworking as you have.

-- ~ Guy Woodward, Pflugerville Texas

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#5 posted 913 days ago

Excellent build, great alignment on the drawers, outstanding dovetails, cool drawer fronts.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 913 days ago

Well done chest . I can see were you would want to replicate this design very nice.

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LittlePaw

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#7 posted 913 days ago

I love your choice of bold grain patterns on the drawer front. Did you make a jog for doing the drawer handles – they look so well carved! Great work, Antti.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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Antti

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#8 posted 912 days ago

thx for the feedback!

LittlePaw: Yes I did use a jig: I bandsawed & sanded the arc to plywood, which I clamped to the drawer front, and then routed with a guide bush (it took a lot of passes to get the to the final depth).

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