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Project by MonteCristo posted 560 days ago 1095 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built a couple of these bedside chests a few years ago, but now they clash style wise with the chest-on-chest that’s already in my projects. Sort of Arts & Crafts style but basically a one-off design. The sliding dovetail ends on the top were tricky – not the easist joint to cut, and they have to float too to allow for dimensional change. The frame and panel sides meant that the drawer slides must not pin the side panels (more wood movement . . .). I love the hardware. It’s from Lee Valley but no longer available. At about $12 a pull, it’s not surprising I guess. American Black Walnut and likely some Claro too. It’s sometimes hard to tell them apart. The drawer sides, backs and bottoms are all edge grain Old Growth Douglas Fir (super stable). 25” High x 21.5 Wide x 17.25 Deep

Oh yes, I took the easy route and used a Leigh jig to do the half-blind dovetails. Actually not exactly a no-brainer even with the jig, especially so given the rather splintery nature of Douglas Fir.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 560 days ago

Really nice piece. Love the wood grain.

-- 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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HorizontalMike

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#2 posted 560 days ago

I love it! The hardware looks like it came off of my Thomasville bedroom suite. Very rich looking finish. It is quite a jaw dropper IMO, well done.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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DarrylJN

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#3 posted 560 days ago

I really really like it! You did an excellent job :)

-- Darryl ~ Waxhaw, NC

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Rickterscale

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#4 posted 560 days ago

Very well done. Good work!

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SuburbanDon

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#5 posted 560 days ago

A great look and finish.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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CartersWhittling

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#6 posted 560 days ago

Beautiful. Great job. Nice combination of arts and crafts design and the rocco style pulls.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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cyclingguy

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#7 posted 559 days ago

Nice chest. Was wondering. What finish did you apply? Am doing a walnut and cherry bed now and am at the finishing stage. The cherry is easy but walnut, don’t know about. Thanks

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Oldtool

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#8 posted 559 days ago

Beautiful piece of furniture. Great work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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woodworker59

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#9 posted 559 days ago

Great piece, job well done.. it looks like a very expensive piece of finely crafted furniture.. as it is.. keep up the great work.. Papa

-- Papa@papaswoodworking.com

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MonteCristo

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#10 posted 559 days ago

Hi cyclingguy:

The finish is just tung oil, the real stuff. I got mine from Lee Valley. Not sure how other brands compare but I know a guy has to be careful as some finishes are sold as “tung oil finish” and they are not pure tung oil. Bob Flexner’s book on finishing is a good source for more info if you need it. I think he also still writes in Popular WW.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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scarpenter002

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#11 posted 559 days ago

Nice job. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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