|Project by Darell||posted 07-24-2008 11:47 PM||2402 views||11 times favorited||17 comments|
I made this jewelry/lingerie chest for my wife over the past winter, finishing it in early April. The top section and the two smaller top drawers are for jewelry and have 1/4” thick oak dividers. All chests like this I’ve seen have wings that swing out for necklaces. Due to space limits I decided to make them pull out wings and I think they turned out pretty well. The side wings, two top drawers and the top section all are lined with a dark royal blue velvet that took the BOSS and I hours to do. This chest is made from solid red oak and is the first thing I’ve done where I had to glue up panels. Surprised myself in that they turned out to be flat. Absolutely amazed me. :-) The drawers are made of poplar with oak fronts. I used my Porter Cable dovetail jig for the first time on the drawers. Turned out pretty good except that I put the dovetails on the front and back instead of the sides of the drawers. I’ll pay more attention next time. I finished with a coat of Zinsser Bulls Eye Seal Coat, then Minwax Golden Oak stain and three coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal oil and urethane topcoat. I used the seal coat first to try and keep the oak grain from being too dark so the stain wasn’t quite as dark as I wanted but I’m still happy with how the finish turned out. The BOSS loves it and that’s the main reward for all that work.
-- Darell, Norman, Ok.