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Project by rsain posted 10-02-2012 06:14 PM 2100 views 16 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Commissioned chest of drawers.

I designed the project in Sketchup from scratch.

Stock: Walnut sides, top, face frame, handles, drawer sides & backs. Curly maple drawer fronts & trim. Alder internal frame.

Finish: Arm-R-Seal and Clear Briwax.

Goodies:
Self-Closing drawers (lower 5 only).
Lid box for small item storage.
Suede upholstery in upper drawers and lid box.
Faux leather upholstery liners in main drawers.
Carved recesses for finger pulls.
Fluting on face sides and top.
All drawers sit slightly proud of face frame to visual purposes.
Dimensions of project are based on the golden ratio.

- ryan





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Time2beupinAZ

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#1 posted 10-02-2012 06:48 PM

That is a very nice chest of drawers. I love the wood choices. it came out beautiful.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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Grandpa

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#2 posted 10-02-2012 06:51 PM

nice work!

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#3 posted 10-02-2012 08:28 PM

Well-built! Simple and elegant.

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slimt

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#4 posted 10-02-2012 08:29 PM

nice job well done !!

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truckrun

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#5 posted 10-02-2012 11:17 PM

That looks great. What is the golden ratio?

-- Donald LeBlanc - www.funwithwoodworking.com

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rsain

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#6 posted 10-02-2012 11:55 PM

Thanks for the compliments everyone!

The golden ratio:
1.61803398875

Poke around in the forums on here and you will see quite a bit of discussion about it. Poke around on the web and you’ll find some rather weird and esoteric stuff about it. Wikipedia has a good mathematical explanation of it.

Basically – building things using the golden ratio tends to produce items that are generally referred to as more ‘balanced’ and pleasing to look at. Besides – it’s fun to incorporate it into your work (boxes, etc) and it gives you the rare opportunity to talk about the Fibonacci sequence in a context other than the Davinci Code. :)

- ryan

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#7 posted 10-02-2012 11:57 PM

golden ratio visual:

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#8 posted 10-03-2012 01:19 AM

Rsain- incredible job. I don’t understand the golden ratio but it looks fantastic.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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rsain

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#9 posted 10-03-2012 04:00 AM

For more info on the Golden Ratio – see these pages on our very own Lumberjocks:

http://lumberjocks.com/Karson/blog/4353

also,

http://lumberjocks.com/David/blog/1639

- ryan

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#10 posted 10-03-2012 06:42 AM

Great looking dresser. Nice craftsmanship.

Sketchup and the LJ tutorials made the “Golden Ratio” visual much easier to understand and appreciate as a common sense woodworker. I just had to take the little bit of investment time to work Sketchup.

I think I’ll be doing some more Sketchup when away from home. Thank God I still have LJ’s to be inspired by and cross reference stuff.

rsain—Thanks for sharing great piece!!

-- If a woodchuck could chuck wood, he's probably not a Lumberjock --

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lab7654

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#11 posted 10-03-2012 11:41 AM

Very well crafted piece. I have a soft spot for deeply contrasting colors in projects. The golden ratio is one of the things that really fascinates me, so thanks for the visual of it as well.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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#12 posted 10-03-2012 12:48 PM

awesome…

-- Keep Smile...make every day a holiday...

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#13 posted 10-03-2012 04:58 PM

Your work is terrific! I’m blown away, as is your client, I assume.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#14 posted 10-05-2012 06:31 PM

definately going on my inspiration list. its amazing.

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rsain

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#15 posted 10-06-2012 03:09 PM

Thank you all for the wonderful feedback. I appreciate it!

This was a first for me on several levels and the mistakes (most of them anyway) are well hidden! :D
- ryan

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