|Project by woodcut||posted 08-03-2013 01:12 AM||1396 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
I saw this in Kerry Pierce’s “Pleasant Hill Shaker Furniture” and thought it would be a fun project.
There’s a lot of woodworking in this… half-blind and thru dovetails, dadoes and stop-dadoes, breadboard edges, and turning.
I followed the plans fairly well, but decided on pine instead of cherry, as this was intended to be a practice piece. The top is 34 7/8” by 15 1/4” and the chest stands 25 inches tall. All the dovetails, moldings, and dadoes for the till are hand cut. Like the original, the carcass has through DT’s on the front and half-blind on the back, and morticed rails into the legs, ...and the right drawer is 3/4” wider than the left. Why? I don’t know, but it adds charm to the piece.
Unlike the original I haven’t added a lock to the lid or to the right drawer, and the drawers fronts don’t have a bead around the edges… although these could be added later.
Hide glue was used throughout, and proved useful after I glued the front rails upside down. Some heat from an iron and a spreader clamp pulled it apart again.
Turning the legs and drawer pulls on my new-to-me Delta Midi lathe was fun, and turned out better than expected, as I only used a 1/4” chisel, a sharpened screwdriver and sandpaper to make them. The drawer pulls are wedged into the fronts from the inside.
Finish is garnet shellac and wax… Overall, I am pleased with the results. My apologies for the poor photography!
-- Carl, Iowa