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Celebrating Dovetails - Small Chest of Drawers

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Project by Michael O'Brien posted 10-09-2021 11:36 PM 1185 views 2 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Locked down project!
I enjoy using hand cut dovetails, and this project was a treat. The slope of the dovetail is everywhere, but I’ll point them out. The drawer pulls are sized to emulate the slope and also take your eye to the power switch. The individual drawer pull sides and holder have the same slope. The infill side panels are also share the same angle. The dovetails in the drawers and the cabinet are all cut using the same slope.
The slope of the dovetail is a “custom” slope, which is identical to the slope of the sides of the Spindle Sander these drawers have been designed to hold.
The timber is recycled myrtle, wenge, and poplar. Finished in Kunos Oil Sealer.

-- Michael, Melbourne Australia





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pottz

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#1 posted 10-10-2021 12:43 AM

michael you totally blew me away with this one.the quality of that cabinet was something i thought you were gonna put in your home.then i saw the wheels and thought,whats he thinking.then i saw the sander on it and went,oh my god,he’s crazy for a shop tool.crazy damn good my friend.i say why not.if it’s what you love,do it.and man you did it in style bud.

-- 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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#2 posted 10-10-2021 01:02 AM

Michael, that is absolutely outstanding workmanship. The choice of colours and timber is just great.
I have not made any hand cut dovetails for a very long time but I do remember how difficult they are to make.
You have made something you should be very proud of. Well done.

-- Don't tell me it can't be done.

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Michael O'Brien

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#3 posted 10-10-2021 01:20 AM



michael you totally blew me away with this one.the quality of that cabinet was something i thought you were gonna put in your home.then i saw the wheels and thought,whats he thinking.then i saw the sander on it and went,oh my god,he s crazy for a shop tool.crazy damn good my friend.i say why not.if it s what you love,do it.and man you did it in style bud.

- pottz


Thanks indeed Pottz.
It was a lot of fun to make! Believe it or not its a great stand as well. I’m going to make another one slightly smaller, but the inverse of this one, to sit on top of it and become a mobile stand for my bench grinder as well.
Cheer…

-- Michael, Melbourne Australia

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Michael O'Brien

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#4 posted 10-10-2021 01:23 AM



Michael, that is absolutely outstanding workmanship. The choice of colours and timber is just great.
I have not made any hand cut dovetails for a very long time but I do remember how difficult they are to make.
You have made something you should be very proud of. Well done.

- Pjonesy


Thank you. I’d never knew what Myrtle was, but this wood came from a couple of drawer chests from the 1960’s. They were not usable and were covered in a dark stain, but as recycled I’ve found a timber that is great.

-- Michael, Melbourne Australia

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#5 posted 10-10-2021 01:28 AM

mrytlewood is beautiful,ive done lots of live edge slab tables with it.hey i didn’t compliment you on those fantastic dovetails man,top notch.

-- 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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#6 posted 10-10-2021 01:32 AM

My goodness me Michael, That beautiful cabinet is for the shed to support a Bobbin Sander…WOW!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#7 posted 10-10-2021 01:36 AM

More slopes than a ski resort. Incredible work and it looks amazing. I like the sliding dovetails securing it to the base. Are the ledges at the bottom sides meant for more than fancy sawdust catchers? Shop space is crucial so I thought maybe there was a purpose in addition to looking great.

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

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#8 posted 10-10-2021 02:13 AM

That is a nice cabinet for parking an Oscillating Spindle sander. Gnats azz tight looking DTs just make it cuter than most. Where did you get those white wheels, they gonna get dirty me thinks.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 10-10-2021 02:48 AM



mrytlewood is beautiful,ive done lots of live edge slab tables with it.hey i didn t compliment you on those fantastic dovetails man,top notch.

- pottz


Yes, I’ve found where I can get some more. Cheers

-- Michael, Melbourne Australia

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#10 posted 10-10-2021 02:50 AM



My goodness me Michael, That beautiful cabinet is for the shed to support a Bobbin Sander…WOW!

- crowie


All good practice… and a lot of fun! I was experimenting with the Wenge trim on the drawers – I think it worked well.

-- Michael, Melbourne Australia

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Michael O'Brien

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#11 posted 10-10-2021 02:53 AM



More slopes than a ski resort. Incredible work and it looks amazing. I like the sliding dovetails securing it to the base. Are the ledges at the bottom sides meant for more than fancy sawdust catchers? Shop space is crucial so I thought maybe there was a purpose in addition to looking great.

- swirt


Thanks! The ledges just make the side cabinet have the same slope as the dovetails. I’ll also hang the spanners in the cavity that is created…

-- Michael, Melbourne Australia

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Michael O'Brien

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#12 posted 10-10-2021 02:56 AM


More slopes than a ski resort. Incredible work and it looks amazing. I like the sliding dovetails securing it to the base. Are the ledges at the bottom sides meant for more than fancy sawdust catchers? Shop space is crucial so I thought maybe there was a purpose in addition to looking great.

- swirt


Thanks! The ledges just make the side cabinet have the same slope as the dovetails. I’ll also hang the spanners in the cavity that is created…
Cheers…

-- Michael, Melbourne Australia

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Michael O'Brien

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#13 posted 10-10-2021 03:00 AM



That is a nice cabinet for parking an Oscillating Spindle sander. Gnats azz tight looking DTs just make it cuter than most. Where did you get those white wheels, they gonna get dirty me thinks.

- therealSteveN


Thanks. The white will turn several shades of grey…. nobody will know.

-- Michael, Melbourne Australia

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#14 posted 10-10-2021 07:22 AM

Wow! This looks like…. perfect!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 10-10-2021 08:37 AM



Wow! This looks like…. perfect!!

- Ivan


Thanks Ivan

-- Michael, Melbourne Australia

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