Small Chest of One Drawer

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Project by mikedddd posted 11-15-2009 06:59 AM 1565 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some pictures of a small chest of one drawer that I built for my wife’s mother. Her parents recently moved into a senior’s complex and they bought some new furniture, but her night table is to short for her to see her clock when she is in bed so this was my solution to her problem. I made a small raised panel for the back so it could be set where the back is showing. It is 6” tall by 14” wide and 12” deep, something this small was harder than I thought it would be to build. My wife just finished putting varathane on it so I took a few pictures. It is built out of western birch.

-- Mike

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#1 posted 11-15-2009 07:05 AM

Very nice drawer really like the dovetails.


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#2 posted 11-15-2009 07:40 AM

Thanks for the kind words Jim.

-- Mike

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#3 posted 11-15-2009 08:31 AM

A very attractive chest of drawer, impeccable joinery and clean photos. Keep it up.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 11-15-2009 09:19 AM

Nicely done…..great looking drawer box.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#5 posted 11-15-2009 01:06 PM

Looking great. I took a peak at your shop; wow! All you need in there is a beer cooler and a bed and You’d never have to leave, Except, of course for the Stampede.


-- Guy,PEI

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#6 posted 11-15-2009 03:02 PM

Very nice. Great joinery. She’s very lucky.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#7 posted 11-15-2009 04:07 PM

I bet your mother-in-law was very happy to get that.
Your joinery came out beautiful and the finish really accents the grain.

Good Job !

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#8 posted 11-15-2009 04:14 PM

First “chest of drawer” I’ve seen. :-)

You’ve incorporated some very nice skills there.

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

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#9 posted 11-15-2009 04:21 PM

Thanks Sharad, Doug, Guy, Firecaster, and Eric for the comments. Actually Guy my shop already has a beer fridge in it no bed though, then the wife would never get me up to the house. Thanks again and have a great day.

-- Mike

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#10 posted 11-15-2009 04:26 PM

Hey Charlie; You must have posted while I was typing, yes it is the first one I had seen also, my wife thought I could build a box, but I didn’t think that would be very handy as you would have to move the clock every time you wanted to get into the box, so I came up with this. Thanks again Charlie.

-- Mike

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#11 posted 11-16-2009 12:12 AM

Super idea on increasing the height of the night stand. Nice detail on the dovetails.

-- John @

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#12 posted 11-16-2009 06:33 AM

great solution!!! beautiful work…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#13 posted 11-16-2009 04:57 PM

Thanks very much for the comments John and Matt, my wife is taking it over to her mother’s today and I already told her if her mother doesn’t like it just bring it back and I would find some use for it in the shop. ha-ha like that will happen. You guys have a great day.

-- Mike

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