Apothecary Chest AKA My first piece of Furniture

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Project by Scomel Basses posted 05-01-2013 04:03 AM 1308 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Apothecary Chest AKA My first piece of Furniture
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I’ve been making musical instruments for years. Recently I’ve been interested in making furniture. Really, I guess I’m interested in making anything involving wood. Anyway, my wife saw a chest on Pinterest that she really liked. It was described as an apothecary style of chest. She’s also really into the multi-color style of furniture that seems to be in fashion. I don’t really understand it but she likes it so that’s good enough for me.

I came up with several designs, all of which were very simple involving fairly simple construction techniques. My wife chose the one featured here. It’s a plywood case with plywood dividers installed with dado’s, maple face frame, maple drawers with locking grooves/dado’s, with maple faces. I did a sort of raised panel kind of thing on the face fronts on my table saw. The drawers suggest that the chest has 9 individual drawers but it actually only has three. I felt that 9 drawers would be too small to be useful but I wanted to maintain the look. Plus it allowed my wife to use the color scheme she wanted for the paint. I trimmed the bottom and underneath the top overhang with store bought moldings. For the drawer sliders I have wood guide rails that are mounted under the drawer. It works very well. This was a very fun project that my wife loves. It really looks great in person. My camera skills are lacking. The chest is now in my living room next to my wife’s chair. I’m not crazy about the colors, the next piece will be natural wood. But overall, my first piece of furniture was a success.

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#1 posted 05-01-2013 11:52 AM

This looks very nice. If you get a chance, please post a picture of the inside of the drawers…

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#2 posted 05-02-2013 01:33 PM

Well done, looks great!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 05-02-2013 03:57 PM

It looks nice and very colorful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 05-03-2013 03:01 PM

I like it, looks really well made and clean. Love the design and colors. Great job!

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