My first chest of drawers

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Project by Cedar Furniture Lodge posted 03-26-2017 10:21 PM 1478 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What a project this was! I learned so much and put my skill set to the test and then some. I almost think I should pay my customer for all the things I learned building these, I do have two more to build for the same customer. First question that always get’s asked is what kind of wood is that? It’s all eastern red cedar except for the drawer bottoms and back, that’s 1/4-in Lauan. I learned how to build drawers with out screws thanks to my dove tail jig. Getting the jig dialedin right was a little time consuming, but works like a charm now. The dressers stand 40” tall and 40” wide at the top, the sides are 34” wide. All finished with a polyurethane finish (5 coats).

-- "The Cedar King"

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 03-26-2017 10:36 PM

Awesome job.

I am not a fan of making drawers. But it is part of what we do.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Ron Aylor

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#2 posted 03-26-2017 10:43 PM

Looks great! Reminds me of the furniture one would see at a little mom and pop motel in the Great Smoky Mountains back in the 1950s. Good job.

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#3 posted 03-26-2017 11:33 PM

Todd, those are amazing. I absolutely love the colour of that Cedar, and your finish really makes them “POP”.
Great job Buddy.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 03-27-2017 12:11 AM

Awesome chests Todd.Beautiful work as always

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#5 posted 03-27-2017 01:59 PM

they look great

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#6 posted 03-27-2017 06:36 PM

These came out very nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 03-28-2017 01:03 AM

Sweet chest, Todd. I would have expected nothing less than cedar!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 03-28-2017 08:48 PM

Fantastically beautiful.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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