Oriental Chest of Drawers

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Project by Adam posted 02-20-2014 02:03 AM 3345 views 11 times favorited 19 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 02-20-2014 03:23 AM

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

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#2 posted 02-20-2014 03:25 AM

A very interesting looking project.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 02-20-2014 03:29 AM

Very well done, lots of details.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 02-20-2014 05:28 AM

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 02-20-2014 06:13 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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#6 posted 02-20-2014 11:16 AM

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

-- steve, simple and effective

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#7 posted 02-20-2014 01:28 PM

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 02-20-2014 01:41 PM

Nice job, especially given your challenges.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 02-20-2014 03:46 PM


-- Billy Long Island, NY

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#10 posted 02-20-2014 03:47 PM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#11 posted 02-20-2014 04:36 PM

That’s an unusual design and a beautiful piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 02-20-2014 05:03 PM

nice job

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#13 posted 02-20-2014 06:41 PM

Great workmanship! very well done, complements.

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#14 posted 02-20-2014 07:55 PM

This is badass! Keep it up, Adam!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#15 posted 02-20-2014 11:42 PM

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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