Chest of drawers

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Project by techyman2 posted 02-22-2009 12:36 AM 2343 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all, Last summer we tried to find a quality peice of furnitue to fit an alcove in my daughter’s bedroom. This proved impossible so I made a promise to make a chest of drawers to match the existing furniture and fit in the alcove. This is the result I like the simplicity of shaker designs and the concept of economy of materials so that did influence the design. The finish is danish oil, one of my favourites. It was built up through 5 coats and rubbed down between, the finish seems resistant to the inevitable cosmetics placed on it. The construction is hard maple top and external frames with finish birch ply panels set in to the frames. The internal drawer frames are beech. The top is edge joined strips of maple with biscuits to strengthen the joint. I made te handles from a routed strip of maple. These are screwed on and are not finished such was the pressue to get it into service. I intend to finish these gradually. I have a made one spare. When completed will replace the next to be finished.
The reason I took the time to make traditional drawer runners and dovetails, both stopped and through, was to revisit old skills that I seldom use and also a frustration with modern drawer runner fittings wearing out. The dovetails were cut using a dovetail cutter and an old dovetail jig. This was a first for me. I don’t think I shall go back to doing them by hand in the future. When I was younger at college my old lecturer used to say that you should feel and hear the displaced air being pushed out of the drawer as it closes. This is just what happens. It feels good just pushing them in and pulling them out. So smooth!!
My daughter is pretty pleased and we now have anoter heirloom peice of quality furniture.

-- Dave D

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#1 posted 02-22-2009 02:10 PM

Hi Dave, really nice, it fits the space well and as you say the inevitable cosmetics products have a home to sit on!

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#2 posted 02-22-2009 07:40 PM

Great looking chest. I can’t see the drawer runners though. I built a chest for my son last year and put metal 100 lb slides for the durability and a 7 yr old mashing on the drawers, but would rather have built my own runners. How did you build them and do you have any close up pictures of this?

-- "I don't know, we haven't played Alabama yet." -- Vince Lombardi after being asked what it felt like to be the greatest football team in the world just after winning the '66 championship game.

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#3 posted 02-23-2009 12:29 AM

Runners are actually the frame under the drawer the little plywood bits are the drawer stops which bang against the under sid of the drawer front when it is completely pushed in. The base of the drawer is raised above and set into grooves. The grooves are positioned with the dovetails so that they dont run out the sides but stop inside the dovetail. The drawer runs on these frames which are made of beech. The drawer sides are made from Brazilian cedar, which is probably slightly softer than I would prefer but extremely regular in grain, stable and unlikely to split, the bottom of the drawer is plywood. Traditionally many of these chests were built with red deal drawer sides and bottoms. The bottoms were usually glued up red deal with chamfered down edges to fit the groove and hardwood fronts for aesthetic reasons.

-- Dave D

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#4 posted 10-20-2010 04:56 PM

Yes, this is a wonderful piece, I don’t have enough experience to understand your explanation exactly, but, this piece demonstrates many of the disciplines I, hopefully will learn. When I get there I will revisit, your work is exquisite, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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