A friend gifted me a bunch of red oak and I promised I’d build something different with it. Since red oak is a relatively cheap wood, I thought i’d use it to experiment with an idea I’d had some time ago – a ‘proof of concept’ if you will. This was the result. I had to figure out how to do hand-cut dovetails on a curved surface as well as how to best darken the oak and mahogany I used for the handle and feet. I hung the drawer from the top of the carcase – something new to me as well. I’m pretty happy with the result, though red oak does not dovetail cleanly (it splinters to easily). The joints are a little gappy, but I feel confident that if/when I do this in a wood like walnut of cherry it will work out just fine.