Sewing or knitting chest

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Project by dgreen50 posted 11-13-2016 08:35 PM 1724 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was started as a skill building project because I had never made drawers with commercial drawer glides. I wanted to try to fit the glides and make the drawers with consistent gaps between each drawer. By the way each drawer in this project is actually a different size in height so there are 5 gaps to make align and make equal. This project taught me a lot about make cabinets and drawers so I consider the project a success.

The cabinet frame is cherry. The cherry had nice figure. The drawers are Baltic birch with a cherry face. The handles are hand make of cherry with an ebony horizontal strip. The small squares accent on each drawer is ebony. The finish is a water based poly which was sprayed on in three coats, water sanding between each coat. This is the first time I have used a water base poly on a project and I am very pleased with the results. (I would recommend giving it a try if use have not used it yet). It was so much easier to spray than lacquer because of the fumes and the cleanup. I have a friend who will receive this chest to store her sewing goods. Now it’s on to the next project.

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#1 posted 11-13-2016 08:49 PM

Great job! I really like the ebony accent(s) ... nice touch.

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#2 posted 11-13-2016 11:52 PM

This is a beautiful chest. I love the design and it’s so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 11-14-2016 12:35 AM

Very nice, especially the ebony contrast.

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#4 posted 11-14-2016 09:57 AM

Ditto on the compliments. Reminds me of Greene and Greene furniture! Was that an inspiration?

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#5 posted 11-14-2016 12:27 PM

As most people stated, the accents really make this piece. I have to assume you had a hollow mortise to cut out the perfect squares?????

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 11-14-2016 01:10 PM

I like those squared dovels. Handles realy turned great.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 11-14-2016 03:31 PM

very nice

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#8 posted 11-14-2016 08:55 PM

I’m the very lucky friend who received this beautiful chest. Your excellent workmanship shows in this piece, David. Thank you so very much!

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