Double-Sided Chest of Drawers

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Project by FuzzyDove posted 02-28-2009 03:39 PM 16022 views 12 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed and built this chest to serve as a walk around closet island. I was going for an Arts & Crafts look to match other cabinetry in my house. It has 6 drawers on each side. It is cherry with walnut beading. The drawers are dovetailed oak that came from a tree felled on my property. The finish is a mission gel wiping stain. I’ll try and post some more details later.

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#1 posted 02-28-2009 03:48 PM

That is really nice. I would be proud to have it in my closet although I doubt it would fit. Great Work. What are the dimensions?

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#2 posted 02-28-2009 03:54 PM

Thanks toxicoval56. It’s 34” x 57” and is 35” tall. The drawers are only about a foot deep because of it being double-sided.

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#3 posted 02-28-2009 04:13 PM

Sweet looking piece. A walk around island, does this mean that the draws are push pull?

-- Andy

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#4 posted 02-28-2009 04:17 PM

Relic – no, they are not push/pull. When closed they are back to back, if that makes sense. In other words, there are 12 individual drawers. They are each only about 14” deep because of the depth limitation of back to back drawers.

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#5 posted 02-28-2009 04:21 PM

Absolutely gorgeous!

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#6 posted 02-28-2009 04:29 PM

This is a really nice piece. You had me scratching my head, before I read the comments, since I could only see 3 drawers on each side of the island. Now I understand where the other 6 are. This is a project that addresses two of my personal favorites in woodworking- cherry is my favorite wood and I enjoy the look of arts and craft style furniture.

And you have a nice bit of personal history with the oak that went into the drawer construction as well. Thanks for the post. I enjoyed seeing this piece.

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#7 posted 02-28-2009 04:39 PM

That is a differnt comcept. I live it!

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#8 posted 02-28-2009 04:52 PM

I just added another picture to try and clarify why it is “double-sided”. hope this helps.

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#9 posted 02-28-2009 05:15 PM

This is really very very nice looking kitchen island.
Frankly speaking, when I saw the first picture, I thought The drawers were inserted in the face frame construction and the walnut beading is the border of the chest. I like the drawer design.
Great work !

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#10 posted 02-28-2009 05:18 PM

woodworm – thanks so much for the kind words. Please note that it is a closet island, not a kitchen island.

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#11 posted 02-28-2009 05:22 PM

FuzzyDove -

Excellent! I like the concept . . . a double sided closet island. Lots of easily accessible storage. I also like the idea that the wood was harvested from your property . . . very cool. I like your work and attention to detail.



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#12 posted 02-28-2009 05:53 PM

Nice chest of drawers.

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#13 posted 02-28-2009 05:59 PM

Hi Hairy Pigeon,

Love the piece: the style, the wood and the workmanship. Have added it to my favorites in the hopes that some day I have a walkin closet large enough to handle it. From the looks of your pics, your closet is larger than my kitchen. Nice work, thanks for sharing.

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#14 posted 02-28-2009 08:18 PM

Sorry FuzzyDove. I did read you wrote “Closet Island” but didn’t know why I mentioned kitchen island though my kitchen is too small to have an island.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#15 posted 03-01-2009 01:59 AM

That is a fantastic looking chest! Nice lines, design and fits in the space well. Excellent work.

-- Jason

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