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Hello all,

I’m new to the LumberJocks family. I’ve visited the site bit in the past and finally decided to join – I’m glad I did it seems like a great woodworking community.

To start things off, I thought that I would post a recent piece of my work. It is a Chest of Drawers based on a Harvey Ellis design done for Stickley.

Stickley/Harvey Ellis Chest of Drawers 1

The project is made from Quarter-sawed White Oak (QSWO). The only secondary wood used is for the drawer boxes which are Poplar. I did not have stock thick enough for the legs so they are laminated from two pieces of 4/4 stock of the same board for grain matching (with this technique the side of each leg sort of looks like a bookmatch).

All of the panels are resawn and bookmatched QSWO and are about 3/8” thick. The back has two panels one above the other as well, but I do not have a picture of that handy.

Stickley/Harvey Ellis Chest of Drawers 2

The drawers are Poplar boxes with 1/4” Oak plywood bottoms. The drawer fronts are QSWO and applied with screws from inside the drawer box. Nothing fancy on the drawer box joints, I used a Drawer Box bit from Lee Valley. I also used ball bearing drawer slides from Lee Valley for the drawers to get full extension. I built this for my 9-year old son and I wanted him to have an easy time with the drawers.

Stickley/Harvey Ellis Chest of Drawers 3

The finish is hand two colors of Watco Danish Oil followed by a hand rubbed Oil/Varnish mix. This is topped with Paste wax applied with 0000 steel wool to get a satin finish.

This was a great project to build and if there isone thing I learned it’s that all of the QSWO is HEAVY! Sorry for the quality of the photos they were taken quickly before it was put in place in my son’s room.

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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#1 posted 09-09-2007 10:59 PM

A great design. Your son should be proud to have such a fine chest.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 09-09-2007 11:05 PM

That is one Great first piece to post here. Really nice. Welcome to LJ.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 09-09-2007 11:18 PM

It is a wonderful chest. Thanks for sharing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Greg Mitchell

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#4 posted 09-09-2007 11:28 PM

Nice job on the chest Mark. The finish you used turned out very nice!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, [email protected]

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#5 posted 09-10-2007 12:17 AM


THis is wonderful – I especially like the top 1/2 drawers.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 09-10-2007 01:05 AM

That is a very nice looking chest. Nice sized drawers are very important.

-- Lori

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#7 posted 09-10-2007 02:42 AM

Very nice. Where did you get the hardware?

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#8 posted 09-10-2007 02:46 AM

That is a beautiful piece of furniture that you can be proud of. Great work!

Love that QSWO!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#9 posted 09-10-2007 03:05 AM

Nice work, love the oak and finish it looks like it would last a few lifetimes. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 09-10-2007 03:22 AM

That looks great your son is lucky to have a dad that will take time to build him something. I still have a small chest my dad built me when I was 4. I bet your son cherishes his as much as I do mine.

-- tektōn an artificer, that is, (specifically) a craftsman in wood: - carpenter.

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#11 posted 09-10-2007 04:56 AM

Very nice. I am planning on building an Ellis dresser in mahogany. The design I have seen has a little curved backsplash and arched panels on the side, but is very similar.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#12 posted 09-10-2007 06:22 AM

Mark -

Welcome to Lumberjocks! Beautiful work and a great posting. The figure is stunning. Thanks for sharing the construction details!


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Mark Mazzo

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#13 posted 09-10-2007 04:02 PM

Thanks everyone for the warm welcome and the comments.

A couple of answers:

Dano – the hardware came from Lee Valley.

Gizmodyne – The design should look beautiful in Mahogany. I elected to omit the curved backsplash on my piece, but I have seen it both ways.

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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#14 posted 09-10-2007 11:45 PM

A stunning piece of craftsmanship Mark and thanks very much for letting us see it.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#15 posted 11-04-2007 07:15 PM

This is a great chest Mark! Very pretty use of the wood!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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