The Prater Chest Of Drawers

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Project by lobro4 posted 10-20-2010 02:47 AM 2818 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had just finished my last project and was looking for another. At the same time I was following Marc Spagnuolo’s guild build of the Chest of Drawers. A good friend (a very good friend) asks out of the blue if I would be up to building a chest of drawers. Perfect!! He paid for the wood and I was off and running. The project took me about 4 weeks of spare time. I had a lot of fun and can’t wait to build another if the opportunity comes along.
The main wood for constructions was oak. The drawer fronts were made by taking an oak board, cutting it and then regluing with a band of walnut. The legs just involved sandwiching a layer of walnut in between oak. The walnut bands are all roughly at the golden ration distance from the edge—a great design element in the end. The case sides are 1/4” oak ply. Drawer boxes are made of poplar using locking rabbets and the drawer fronts were attached to the box front last. Poplar was used for the web frames, too. Ply was sanded with 220 and all other parts sanded to 150. Stain color is Provincial by Minwax. Top coat is post-cat lacquer applied by a local furniture shop. Drawer pulls are Hickory Hardware purchased on line. Legs are 1 1/2 square. Total dimensions roughly 48” tall by 30” wide and 18” deep.
Here’s to Jeff and his new Chest of Drawers. Thanks for looking.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#1 posted 10-20-2010 03:03 AM

Very nice chest of drawers. Get busy on the two night stands and head- and foot-boards now! ;-)

Thanks for sharing.


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#2 posted 10-20-2010 03:06 AM

A good build looks fine


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#3 posted 10-20-2010 04:28 AM

Great looking chest of drawers. I really like the sandwiched walnut strips – they add a tremendous amount of visual appeal. Oak, by itself looks nice but isn’t stunning – with the walnut addition, you have reached stunning. You also selected a nice set of pulls for the drawers. Very nice job! Wish I had a cabinet shop in the area – for those of us without spraying capability, that is a nice idea and it appears that they did a wonderful job!


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#4 posted 10-20-2010 08:27 AM

Beautiful work! Nice choice of woods and love the walnut!


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#5 posted 10-20-2010 08:28 AM

Beautiful work! Nice choice of woods and love the walnut!


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#6 posted 10-20-2010 09:31 AM

Hey Lobro,
Nice design, great timber, sweet finish…well done.

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#7 posted 10-20-2010 02:34 PM

I really like that walnut in there….great job!

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#8 posted 10-20-2010 09:26 PM

Well done all the way around.

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#9 posted 10-21-2010 12:38 AM

Nice design with nice details and great craftsmanship.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 10-21-2010 05:49 AM

nice work you got there, details are always the best thing

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#11 posted 10-21-2010 01:56 PM

Nice work. The walnut strip is a great detail.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#12 posted 12-07-2010 07:59 PM

Simple beauty, thanks for sharing.

-- Ed Kimble, Columbia City, Indiana,

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#13 posted 01-27-2014 08:33 PM

Love the walnut strips. Easy but elegant. I might have to steal that idea. Thanks for sharing.

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