12 drawer chest

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Project by trsnider posted 02-14-2020 04:47 PM 1111 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

FINALLY—A red oak chest of drawers for my son and daughter-in-laws’s Christmas present is done. Kayla and I had several conversations about this. I thought 4 drawers across the top with graduated drawers for the other rows looked best. She insisted on 4 rows or 3 drawers. I did talk her into having the 1st row smaller so it woudn’t look as klunky.

Finish was the other large discussion. She wanted it to match the bed I made for them a long time ago. I couldn’t remember the finish I used—I thought watco since I had given up on minwax around 1995. But, after looking at samples and comparing them against the bed she wanted Miniwax red chestnut. It’s a lot darker overall and redder than the bed. But I went ahead and used what she wanted. I had issues matching the drawer front with the case after staining the fronts before assembly. The fronts were a lot darker than the case, putting a 2nd coat of stain helped fix that.

I also think I’m going to completely stop using plywood for panels. The stuff I got was really cheap and the stain is a darker on the panels than the case sides. I’ve made wood panels before. They aren’t difficult to make just takes some time.

Also—buy hardware close to the time you use it or put it in a “known” location. I left the pulls on the bench for awhile and came up missing two when I finally put them on. But big blue has lots of them so I was only out about $8.

Drawer slides are homemade wood. Runners on the drawer bottom that fit nicely into a dado strip on the case. They seem to work well. I’ve used them on other stuff I’ve made and haven’t had any issues. Superglue is wonderful stuff for this kind of application.

Glad that’s done. Now onto an outdoor bench. Teak is $39 bt.ft. here, white oak is $4. So that decision was easy.
Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 02-14-2020 08:40 PM

A lot of cabinet work when into this project. Very nice work

-- Petey

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#2 posted 02-14-2020 09:46 PM

Very nice. She going to love it for years!

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#3 posted 02-15-2020 01:28 AM

It looks like a well constructed chest. Nice finish and an overall beautiful job.

-- AJ

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#4 posted 02-16-2020 08:23 PM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 02-17-2020 02:52 AM

The color and the way it shows off the grain is beautiful. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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