Chest of Drawers #1: A start...milling and roughing sides

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Blog entry by BlueRidgeDog posted 08-03-2021 01:33 AM 816 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Chest of Drawers series Part 2: Panels Dry fit »

I designed a chest of drawers using sketchup as part of a video on how to use the software for furniture design. It was a simple, but classic layout:

The next step was to start working on it. I had some gum left from the last project. Unfortunately after milling it up, so much of it was warped that I had to shrink the chest down some to make it work. I eliminated one drawer and narrowed it just a bit (otherwise I would have no drawer front stock!). It will be a nice size for a guest room.

I milled up the stock:

You can see some other wood in the stack…I had to make the inner parts for the drawer webs out of ash and hickory (left overs from other projects). I have just one piece of un-milled gum left and I think I will need it for the side panels.

I then milled a slot for the center panel, cut the hunched tenons and matching mortises in the side stiles:

Getting to this point has taken forever as I ended up putting my back out, getting injections then driving a load down to Florida for a friend and getting covid while there. I am on the mend and happy to be back in the shop.

Though I like the gum, I am glad to get it used up as it was on top of my hickory pile and I am getting closer to a project that needs it.

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#1 posted 08-03-2021 12:58 PM

I like the start of this one. Nice, clean work so far. Stay well, looking forward to the next update!

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