Oriental Chest of Drawers

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Project by Adam posted 184 days ago 1562 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To start, this is not my design it is the plan of Jeff Greef Woodworking ( and this same project has been posted here several times.

This was my first real effort in “real” woodworking with the project being started in 2006. Previous to this I had done a few picture frames, poorly, and had done some trim work in the house we just bought but no real woodworking. I bought my first chisel to bang out the mortises and I mean bang because I had no idea how to sharpen anything, so the HD chisel was not quite adequate for fine work.

The wood was all scavenged as I had no idea where to buy Cherry, maple or walnut. The Cherry frame and drawer fronts are from a table top that a furniture store was throwing away, the walnut that was used for the pegs was leftover flooring from by brother in laws house and the spalted maple used in the top and drawer sides was cut from a log the previous homeowner had left in the shed. The log was cut into boards with my grandfather’s hand saw that had no business cutting logs and then the boards were sanded for what seemed like hours because they were nowhere near flat after cutting. The pulls were drilled out with a walnut handle shaped to fit. All the joints are pressure fit with no glue holding anything together.

Anyways I think it turned out well.

-- Adam, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

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#1 posted 184 days ago

Very cool. All the exposed joinery must’ve been fun to do.

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#2 posted 184 days ago

A very interesting looking project.

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#3 posted 184 days ago

Very well done, lots of details.

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#4 posted 184 days ago

Even if it isn’t your design, it is a real challenge to make it – and you made it.Looks outstanding!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 184 days ago

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


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#6 posted 184 days ago

wow, it turned out great, amazing what can be made with simple tools and scraps of wood, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#7 posted 184 days ago

you’ve done a super job build this chest of drawers and salvaging and repurposing wood for the project.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 184 days ago

Nice job, especially given your challenges.

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#9 posted 183 days ago


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#10 posted 183 days ago

Looks great!

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#11 posted 183 days ago

That’s an unusual design and a beautiful piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 183 days ago

nice job

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#13 posted 183 days ago

Great workmanship! very well done, complements.

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#14 posted 183 days ago

This is badass! Keep it up, Adam!

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#15 posted 183 days ago

Love the asian look. great job.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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