Rococo Chest of Drawers - complete

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Project by Dilo Marcio Fernandino posted 11-09-2009 03:44 PM 8930 views 19 times favorited 65 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dear friends,

According to my announced expectations, I have just accomplished my Rococo-style Chest of Drawers especially built to serve as the supporting piece for the rococo upper cabinet (my first project posted on this page). On my previous post (July 2009) I described some details of its construction. By that time there existed only the top board connected to the frontal face (the front legs plus the front boards for the future drawers).

In the sequence, I carved the back legs, the side panels (concave and convex shapes) composed by three thick planks glued side by side, and another fourth plank with a carved scroll (the lower one) which was used to connect the front leg to the back one. An important building detail is that only the middle seccion of the side panel is firmly glued between the front leg and the back one in order to allow the previsible expansion/contraccion in its width caused by the atmosferical changes.

Continuing on, I made the four drawers and their sliding rails, all made or solid rosewood too.

It took exactly one year to be completed (normally I would spend about 3 years…)

Dimensions: 35 inch high x 30 inch wide x 19 inch deep

This piece was completely conceived, drawn and hand carved by me, according to my personal interpretation of the Portuguese style “Dom Jose I” (Baroque + Rococo styles). Only hand tools were used.

REMARK: I will post photos of the whole “two-bodied cabinet” very soon.


-- Dilo

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#1 posted 11-09-2009 03:48 PM


-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#2 posted 11-09-2009 03:51 PM

Sometimes I think I am a Master Craftsman…...............and then I see your work and am once again humbled.

It would be an honour if I could work under your wing for a year or two.


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#3 posted 11-09-2009 03:59 PM

WOW!! Absolutely Incredible!! Simply breath-taking!!!

-- Greg H.-Chaseburg, WI.

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#4 posted 11-09-2009 04:07 PM

Fantastic, Outstanding, Stunning.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 11-09-2009 04:07 PM

Wow! Dilo, you truly are a Master Craftsman. Whenever I see historical or present works of this caliber, I always find myself asking, “who has such capabilities?” Well, now I know, and to see the small workshop in which you work adds to the mystique. Thank you for posting; your pieces are really inspiring.

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#6 posted 11-09-2009 04:12 PM

Another masterpiece!

Thank you for gracing our website with your art. To think that you accomplish such work with only hand tools, just as the craftsmen of old did, is amazing .

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 11-09-2009 04:36 PM

another museum piece

-- -erik & christy-

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#8 posted 11-09-2009 04:41 PM

Truly amazing!

-- ALS IK KAN “to the best of my ability,”

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#9 posted 11-09-2009 04:49 PM


-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#10 posted 11-09-2009 05:00 PM

Almost every post related to this man, who never fails to humble us back into an understanding of what craftsmanship and art is, these posts begin with ‘As usual..’ because he never fails to bring such a consistent level of what could only be called perfection to this forum.

So, my friend…as usual, congratulations on this achievement! We all look forward to future pieces as well, and continue to draw inspiration from you!

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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#11 posted 11-09-2009 05:01 PM

Wow, thank you for posting your work.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#12 posted 11-09-2009 05:11 PM

Once again another museum quality piece from the master…....Beautiful…

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their [email protected]

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#13 posted 11-09-2009 05:15 PM

Another museum quality piece of art work! Your skills are extordinary!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#14 posted 11-09-2009 05:20 PM

I wish I had 1/16 of your skill and talent… Your projects are AMAZING. If you don’t already, you should teach…

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#15 posted 11-09-2009 05:21 PM

Wow! this is really awesome…

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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