Large Chest of Drawers

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Project by Lifesaver2000 posted 02-11-2017 03:19 AM 2224 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while back, my wife and I decided that a large chest of drawers, with the same footprint as our old store bought dresser and mirror but with an extra set of drawers on top, would be a good way to save some space, since we could replace two items (the dresser and its matching chest of drawers) with one and still have the same amount of drawer space.

This is about 60” long by 52” high. The face frame, trim, top and drawer runner frames are made of solid oak, with the side panels and drawer faces made of oak veneer plywood, with baltic birch drawer boxes. While I would have preferred simple solid wood fronts for the drawers that match the existing king bed that I built a few years ago, my wife had her heart set on the cockbead wrapped drawers (Thanks Pinterest!). I guess since the traditional use of the cockbead is to protect the veneer on the drawer fronts, this is an appropriate use, and other than the wide grain pattern of the plywood I think it turned out okay. I did take care to cut and number the pieces so that their is a continuous pattern on the fronts on the top and bottom sections.

Finish is Sherwin-Williams Fruitwood stain topped with S-W waterborne satin polyurethane, to match the color of the previous bed and night stand.

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#1 posted 02-11-2017 03:43 AM

Nice work, looks fantastic!

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#2 posted 02-11-2017 05:38 AM

That is a great looking chest of drawers. The fruitwood stain really did bring out the beauty of the oak.

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#3 posted 02-11-2017 10:24 AM

Very nice. You did a great job. That is an outstanding piece.

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#4 posted 02-11-2017 01:26 PM

I would be worried to use plywood for drawer fronts but yours look pretty good. Must be something better than your typical big box store oak plywood? Nice work.

-- Ron, Montana

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#5 posted 02-11-2017 02:03 PM

Ron, this is “made in USA” plywood that was part of a large batch I bought about seven or eight years ago from a builder’s supply and it is good stuff. I have used it for all kinds of projects and it doesn’t get dinged up easily or anything like that.

While I am sure there are ways to use the cockbead on solid wood, the amount of movement I get in my house every year really means that the plywood was the best choice. A solid wood front this wide would grow and shrink nearly 1/16 inch during the year, as I can see in other pieces I have done. All that said I would have preferred the solid wood front also but the bead wrap did turn out well and was something new for me.

Thanks for all the comments.

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#6 posted 02-11-2017 03:49 PM

Well done and thx for introducing me to cockbeading.

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#7 posted 02-11-2017 04:15 PM

very nice

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#8 posted 02-11-2017 07:32 PM

That is really great.

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#9 posted 02-11-2017 08:51 PM

That is a really nice looking set of drawers and the door fronts look great with the bead around them, it adds some more interest!

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#10 posted 02-11-2017 11:11 PM

Wow! This is an outstanding piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 02-13-2017 02:46 AM

Looks really good. I like that the top chest is just slightly smaller than the bottom.

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