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Chest with four drawers

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Project by Wintergreen78 posted 01-31-2020 02:08 AM 752 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend wanted a small chest to put in the back of her minivan when she travels. The idea was to make it so you could keep camping/biking stuff organized. She wanted to be able to open the drawers from either side, so she could get into it from inside the van, or from outside. I made it mostly out of Home Depot pine, with a little poplar and plywood for the drawer bottoms.

This was a fun exercise of cutting dovetails without fussing over them. I tried to cut everything directly to the line and most of the joints went together with almost no fine tuning. I know pine is pretty forgiving, but it was still satisfying. The pull-out cutting board/work surface was originally just a glued-up panel. I didn’t like the way it felt when it was pulled half-way out, so I added breadboard ends made of poplar to stiffen it up. I went back and forth over how to hold the drawers, eventually I decided to just use little oak retainers held in place with screws.

I was really happy with how my sliding dovetails for the dividers came out, then I goofed up and glued the top ones in upside down. They still went in ok, but the fit wasn’t as good since the tails didn’t go into the groove I had fit them to. Still, it was nice to see that I was consistent enough that it all still went together. Since I didn’t get the center divider perfectly centered, that also meant the drawers aren’t interchangeable. Each drawer is first to its corresponding opening and I put small marks on the inside so they can all go back in the right orientation if they all get pulled out.

I finished it off with boiled linseed oil and shellac.





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Rich1955

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#1 posted 01-31-2020 01:51 PM

Nice piece. Great project to practice your joinery. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but is the top fastened with wedged tendon’s?

-- Rich

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#2 posted 01-31-2020 01:51 PM

Looks very useful and great work on the joinery.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Wintergreen78

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#3 posted 01-31-2020 03:30 PM

Yes, I cut a dado about 1/3 the thickness of the top to receive the sides, and used three wedged through tenons on each side as well. The top overhangs the sides just a bit all the way around so you can use it like a handle when you move the chest. So, I wanted to make sure they were joined very securely.

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