Pine Shaker Closet Dresser #4: Shaker design; secret compartment

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Blog entry by PaBull posted 03-04-2012 02:40 AM 4795 reads 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Drawers, the "Fruit of the Loom", size matters Part 4 of Pine Shaker Closet Dresser series Part 5: Drawer fronts mounted »

I wanted to show off the little progress I made so far…..

The drawers are going together:

Here you can see how I used a wooden clamp, clamped to the bench to hold the back of the drawer upright in a 90, while i nail the front on. Once you have the front on, the rest comes easy. Lots of guys make a big deal about jigs they come up with, but I never saw the purpose of them. To get the drawer all the way square, we handle this when the bottom comes on.

Wait…. look closely at these two drawers…. see any difference?

Here is the back of one of them, there is a false bottom and a secret drawer, opening from the back. I showed it to my wife, and she wanted all drawers done like that. Well it was supposed to be just a little joke. So we just stick with one for now.

Here is the book I got my inspiration for the design from, “Measured Drawings of Shaker” from Ejner Handberg. He has a whole series of these books. I think I have 4 of his books.

Here is the cupboard we fell in love with. We took the dresser part. We needed bigger drawers. The drawers of this original dresser were way too small for our closet.

As yo can see, I put together the sides of the drawers, next will be cutting the bottoms and putting on the drawer slides.
It is coming together pretty well.

Sorry about the photography and its quality, it was all done with my phone (droid).

Thanks to my friend Steve A. for all the pieces of 1/2” plywood I got from him.

Thanks for checking it out, and don’t hesitate to say “hi”, when you stop by.


-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#1 posted 03-04-2012 03:33 AM

Looking good, PaBull !!! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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#2 posted 03-04-2012 03:41 AM

Thanks Willie, good to see you.

I can’t wait either, to see this one go out of my garage and installed in the closet it needs to go to.


-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#3 posted 03-20-2012 12:33 PM

Just saw this listed in the LJ newsletter. Great project! I love the secret compartment!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#4 posted 03-20-2012 08:56 PM

Hi Pabull
you better get started on the second one
since this never will show up in the house
you need it in the shop to store bulky tools in ….. :-))

thanks for the secret idea :-)

take care

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#5 posted 03-20-2012 08:59 PM

Very nice build so far, pabull. Great idea on the secret, too!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#6 posted 03-21-2012 08:29 PM

that’s-a-lotta drawers

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 03-21-2012 11:54 PM

You can have the original look of many drawers but have the actual drawers larger. Here is what I have done.

On the rows with even number of “drawers”, put two faces on one double width drawer.

On rows with odd number of “drawers”, the handling varies depending on the number of “drawers”.

As an example, for the Apothecary cupboard illustrated, the false faces would be, from top row to bottom.
2-1-2 or 1-1-1-1-1 or other combination depending on size desired
2-2 or 1-1-1-1

-- Bill

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#8 posted 04-14-2012 12:09 AM

Thanks Gabe, but not so secret anymore. lol.

Dennis, I wish, she will never let me keep it.

Smitty, what secret drawer?????

Roger, mo drawer is mo bettah.

Bill, I understand, but this is what she wants….

Thanks all of you.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#9 posted 05-24-2012 10:29 AM

So cool with the secret drawer.
Thank you for the book ‘review’.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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