Small Chest of Drawers

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Project by vakman posted 860 days ago 1896 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small chest of drawers of 3/4”pine, with 3/8”cedar and 3/4” pine drawers. The drawers are through dovetailed front and back, and have cedar beveled-block handles.

The top and base of this piece are rebate joined and nailed through the top (three per side). Supports for the top and center drawer are bridle jointed (I think?) front and back, with a half-lapped connector between them (visible at the front).

Finish is three layers of tung oil finish with some sanding to 320 grit. No power tools.

Total dimensions: 10”x7.5”x12.75”h

Overall I’m pleased with the piece, but there were some problems I encountered:

- The cedar I used was 40 or so year old tongue and groove paneling, and despite being quite knotty, was also quite brittle, which was to be expected I suppose. It lead to a good amount of chipping which I was only partially able to repair using a glue/sawdust mix.

- The half-laps visible from the front, and the drawer handles, should have been better composed so that they related at least in width. But I wanted to use cedar for them, and I literally had nothing left from the one scrap piece I started with.

- Some addition to the piece, such as stout legs or a heavier base may have added to it by distinguishing top from bottom; as it is, it could be presented upside without being too visually different. That being said it’s currently being used for pens and other stationery, so using the drawers upside would be a messy reminder as to which way is up!

Thanks for looking, comments welcome.

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#1 posted 860 days ago

Beautiful, the through dovetails visible on the drawer fronts give this piece a lot of character.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 860 days ago

nice design and great execution

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 860 days ago

Great chest of drawers, love the dovetails

-- Norman

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#5 posted 859 days ago

I love those through joints. You can SEE the quality.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#6 posted 859 days ago

Nice work

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 859 days ago

That looks great. You included some very nice touches.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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#8 posted 621 days ago

nice. i really like those through mortises as a way to construct drawer boxes.

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#9 posted 619 days ago

Thanks, they do feel a bit over engineered though…1/2” stock would have been more appropriate than 3/4” for this piece, but what can you do.

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#10 posted 619 days ago

yeah, i agree, but its ok :)

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