|Project by jdh122||posted 04-26-2013 01:32 PM||1325 views||6 times favorited||6 comments|
Plans for this are from Fine Woodworking 206, by Christian Becksvoort, although I changed the size and proportions a bit to fit wood that I had. The construction is half-blind dovetails for the top (with another top screwed onto it) and for the drawers (with regular dovetails in the back, of course), sliding dovetails for the bottom, and the interior structure fits into grooves and is all put together with mortises and tenons. I’m improving on my handcut dovetails, not that they’re getting any prettier, but I’m much better at cutting on the line so that there is no adjusting needed with files, rasps and chisels.
This is finished with soap flakes, my first time. It’s really a beautiful finish and very easy to apply (although sanding it after to lower the raised grain made me sneeze over and over). I’ll have to wait and see how it stands up. If you’re in Canada and looking for a source, I used www.well.ca and got what’s probably a lifetime supply for less than $20 including shipping (http://well.ca/products/eco-pioneer-pure-soap-flakes_18268.html).
The main wood is birch, sourced locally from a “guy with a bandsaw mill”. I had a 10-inch wide board with a lot of figure that I’ve been saving for something special, and used it here on the front of the drawers. I cut the drawers so that the grain runs across the piece, although it worked better on the bottom than on the top drawers.
The secondary wood is like a United Nations of recovered and recycled wood. Some kind of mysterious wood from a cheap chest of drawers that I dumpster-dived last year (smells vaguely cedar-y, but also kind of smoky when cut or scraped) for the large top and bottom (with a birch edge added by me). The interior runners are made from some red oak my brother rescued over 20 years ago from a high school library that was being remodeled and that my parents had held onto, some strange green wood (probably poplar?) from a pallet. The drawers are all recycled wood except the fronts – pieces from the same chest I recycled, pieces of garbage-saved hardwood floor, some pine from ugly shutters that were in my house when I bought it. The drawer bottoms are southern yellow pine from a pallet.
You’ll notice that it has no back yet. The belt on my Rikon bandsaw died and I’m waiting for the replacement that I ordered to arrive so that I can resaw some 2-inch douglas fir salvaged from the roof of a hockey arena.
I don’t have a lathe – I cheated and bought the drawer pulls.
Thanks for looking.
-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests