An Artist's Chest of Drawers

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Project by Wood Studios posted 03-27-2017 01:42 AM 2831 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my young granddaughters is an avid artist who needed a place where she could organize and store all of her art supplies which includes oils, acrylics, watercolor paints, brushes, scissors and much more. So I built this 11 drawer chest which measures 28” long by 16” high and 9.75” deep. The wood species include Canadian maple, hard maple, curly maple, black walnut, red oak and poplar. I purchased the hardware from Gerstner & Sons in Dayton, Ohio. It was my first attempt at building a large chest of drawers and I will build another one for a grandson but the technique for building it will be quite different. I didn’t pay attention to a lot of things which cost me time at the end. All of the drawer fronts are flush with the case and the reliefs around the drawers are uniform, but not all of them can be easily closed by pressing on a corner of the open drawer with one finger. I think I know how to remedy that problem.

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#1 posted 03-27-2017 03:50 AM

really nice looking … :-)

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#2 posted 03-27-2017 08:18 AM

Well done! It will certainly help keep things organised.

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#3 posted 03-27-2017 01:44 PM

great job

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#4 posted 03-27-2017 01:51 PM

This is a beautiful chest of drawers and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 03-27-2017 03:35 PM

You mentioned things you would pay attention to/do differently, that cost you time in the end. Can you elaborate? (I always try to learn from other people’s mistakes :)
Very nice looking chest, by the way, I like the two contrasting drawer-front species a LOT.

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#6 posted 03-27-2017 06:28 PM

Jeff, I didn’t pay attention to the dimensions of the drawer runners that were fastened to the inside of the case nor the width and depth of the dados in the drawer sides. The runners should have been uniform in width and thickness with only minor variations, like less than 1/64th of an inch. If I had adhered to precise and strict dimensions of the runners, the depth and width of the drawer dados would have been cut the same. As a result of my lack of attention to detail on both tasks, I had to do a lot of shimming out or reducing depths of the dados, basically ‘diddle’ work. I ended up where I wanted to be in terms of uniform drawer reliefs, drawers flush with the cabinet front and the ability to close each drawer with one finger pushing from any of the four corners of the front, but it took much too long. I have another case ready for a second chest and this time I am going to do several things differently and as I build the chest, I will take progress photos to post on LJ so others can evaluate my methodologies.

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#7 posted 04-01-2017 04:16 AM

That’s beautiful. Nice contrast in the wood, and the asymmetry in the drawer configuration is a great accent. Expect to be plagiarized in the future ;)

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#8 posted 04-02-2017 01:32 AM

You have certain done a beautiful job on the chest….

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