Chest of Drawers

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Project by SubtleEpsilon posted 12-10-2018 12:29 AM 1534 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My version of the original Wood Whisperer chest of drawers. Being a learner still I wanted to attempt a few new things, the first being case work like what you might find in a dresser etc. The other two were (a) mostly hand done half-blind dovetails and (b) veneering. I’ll address those below. The chest frame and drawer fronts are made of walnut with some cherry left over from my dining table build. The drawer sides are leftover maple from my workbench build that I had left over. The case sides are 1/4” plywood, laminated on the inside with inexpensive cherry veneer and on the outside with some curly bubinga veneer. The drawer fronts are also veneered on the outside face with curly bubinga, in this case a single sheet so that the grain matched from drawer to drawer. The drawer pulls I picked up off of aliexpress ( The veneer was attached with titebond cold press glue and using the plastic bag vacuum sealing kit I got from Roarockit. The bag system worked extremely well actually and I found it useful to use my shop vac to extract most of the air from the bag just by placing it on top of the one-way valve.
The half-blind dovetails were marked and sawn by hand but I did clean out most of the waste in the pins with a small router. I got better along the way but thank god for Famowood to fill in the small but annoying gaps. The top is figured claro walnut (another unforced error there in which I ended up putting bevels on the wrong side but fortunately both sides were nice). Finished on the inside with a couple of coats of 1 lb-cut shellac and and on the outside witha few coats of GF’s Arm-R-Seal (4 of gloss, 1 of semi-gloss).

I refer to this build as ‘My Wife’s Crappy Dresser’, mostly because of the numerous unforced errors I made. The first was getting one of the front legs slightly out of square with the other three by about a 16” of an inche which if you’re trying to force yourself to do tight drawers makes life difficult. Let’s just say there were lots of ‘learning experiences’ along the way…. She likes it but at this point given the number of pieces I’ve made for us this year I think I need a bit of a break. ;-)

-- It's a fine line between clever and stupid

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Terry O

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#1 posted 12-10-2018 12:50 AM

The trials and tribulations of woodworking, only the maker knows for sure. It looks great!

-- Terry O, Stonewall, MB, Canada

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#2 posted 12-10-2018 01:05 AM

Looks beautiful !!!!!!

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#3 posted 12-10-2018 01:47 AM

Gorgeous work of art.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 12-10-2018 02:31 AM

Stellar work. The veneer is so beautiful, I can’t look away.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 12-10-2018 02:39 AM

Super nice job. The veneering job looks great.

-- Julian

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#6 posted 12-10-2018 02:41 AM

Looks great. How many hours did it take?

-- Michael Dilday, Suffolk, Va.

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#7 posted 12-10-2018 02:51 AM

a leaner huh-looks like you learn quite fast,that is superb woodworking,just excellent craftsmanship.the veneer is just mind blowing.i cant believe you refer to this as your wifes crappy dresser! buddy you need to pat yourself on the back sit down with your favorite libation and feel damn proud of what youve done here.simply gorgeous.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#8 posted 12-10-2018 06:20 AM

Beautiful and a great design.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#9 posted 12-10-2018 09:14 AM

Taking on projects that stretch us to try new things takes a little courage. A few stumbles along the way just adds character

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#10 posted 12-10-2018 11:15 AM


-- Petey

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#11 posted 12-10-2018 11:44 AM

Saved to favorites, because there is so much here that I like…

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#12 posted 12-10-2018 02:38 PM

I obsess over mistakes more than any human on earth. I also seem to make them just about as often as possible. BUT I am learning other people rarely see them. Clearly what makes this piece so fetching is that incredible veneer! This thing could be MISSING a leg and no one would notice :) I think it’s fantastic and you should be super proud. Veneer is not and easy thing to do, and doesn’t automatically make a piece great. This piece is definitely great!

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Kaleb the Swede

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#13 posted 12-10-2018 03:56 PM

Wow! That is beautiful. Nice work. Your effort really shined through here. Thanks for sharing

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#14 posted 12-10-2018 04:13 PM

Beautiful. The veneer is amazing.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#15 posted 12-10-2018 04:59 PM

it just not fair posting museum pieces here. ‹(•¿•)›

oh – wait a minute – It should be a museum piece

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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