|Project by acanthuscarver||posted 05-19-2008 01:32 PM||2498 views||2 times favorited||16 comments|
This chest is made of cherry with poplar secondaries. As with all my pieces, it is a commissioned job. The best part of a piece like this is that it entails so many different aspects of woodworking. The pics here show the piece in the shop either while finishing is going on or just before the piece is cleaned of dust, waxed and delivered. If you’re really interested in seeing the piece made in a step by step tutorial, check out my blog.
I’ve made half a dozen or so oxbow chests. They derive their name from the “reverse serpentine” shape of the front which is similar in shape to the yoke of an ox cart. These chests are always fun to build because of the added challenges of the beaded case and the shaped drawer fronts. Since I really enjoy woodcarving, it takes an otherwise straight forward chest design and adds a sculptural aspect to the job. I hope you enjoy it.
-- Chuck Bender, Senior Editor Popular Woodworking Magazine, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor