Mesquite Chest of Drawers with Greene and Greene details

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Project by TucsonTim posted 01-21-2022 12:18 PM 1126 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi LJ’s, hope everyone is doing OK…

A recently completed Chest of Drawers. Just a quick recap – This is the 4th piece of a master bedrrom set (2 nightstands and a blanket chest were previously done). The wife likes rustic, but with lots of detail. I love all things Arts and Crafts, especially Greene and Greene. Hence, we’ve combined Mesquite lumber with G&G accents. We like this seemingly strange combination…

Specifics – It’s 51 inches tall. The top measures 42 by 20 1/2 . The construction is pretty straight forward. 3/4 inch plywood sides and web frames form the basic internal case.

The side panels are shop-cut veneers with attatched moldings. The base, corner posts, drawer fronts, and top are all solid Mesquite. The pegs and splines are Black Walnut. The drawers are 1/2 inch Baltic Birch with the top edges trimmed with Mesquite. I used undermount, full extention, soft close drawer slides. The wife loves them.
The finish for the Mesquite is 2 brush coats of Danish Oil (Natural) and 2 sprayed coats of Shellac (Clear). The internal components were finished with GF High Performance Satin.

Happy to answer any questions you might have. Comments are always welcome. Now it’s on to the 5 foot long dresser with a mirror. Oooof… The Mesquite/G&G crazy train continues. No turning back now…

-- Tim in Tucson

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#1 posted 01-21-2022 12:49 PM

beautiful piece, well done.

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#2 posted 01-21-2022 01:41 PM

Very nice. The mesquite looks fantastic. For me the combination works!

-- Dan, TN

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#3 posted 01-21-2022 02:16 PM

Quite good looking chest. Good design and workmanship. Like the detail.

-- Ron

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#4 posted 01-21-2022 04:31 PM

Fine piece with nice details Tim!

The eustachians behind the pulls are a great idea, much better transition versus just a knob poking out from a flat board.
I get comments from people on the thicker breadboard ends. Sure they “eat up” flat surface space but they are stiffer and nothing rolls of the sides anymore 8^)

Some wicked looking wood, especially for that sides lower edge. I’d imagine if you ever used “normal” wood in a project you’d feel like your were cheating and making a project out of Styrofoam 8^)

The mirror will be an interesting build, plenty of details to consider for trimming it out. Looking forward!

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#5 posted 01-21-2022 04:38 PM

Excellent work – the G&G details work very nicely on this piece.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 01-21-2022 05:12 PM

Very nice looking.

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#7 posted 01-21-2022 05:33 PM

Nice G&G details. Good looking chest of drawers.

Are you going to go for cloud lifts on the dresser drawer fronts or the mirror? You should add square plugs, lots and lots of square plugs just because they look cool and take FOREVER to make and install. ;+)

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#8 posted 01-21-2022 07:04 PM

nicely done. I like the design, the wood fits the design.

-- Jeff NJ

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#9 posted 01-21-2022 07:12 PM

Very nice. Big thumbs up and smile face emoji.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#10 posted 01-21-2022 08:38 PM

Where the wonderment of that Mesquite leaves, the details pick up the ball and run for that touchdown. Nice piece, excellent work.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#11 posted 01-21-2022 11:28 PM

I like this quite well!

-- Gary, Florida

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#12 posted 01-21-2022 11:31 PM

Very nice, rustic mesquite with subtle detail – what more could a person want ?

-- 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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#13 posted 01-22-2022 12:24 AM

That is a beauty. Excellent work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#14 posted 01-22-2022 01:45 AM

love this dresser – congrats

-- Greg Simon

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#15 posted 01-22-2022 04:57 AM

Really nice. Looking forward to the dresser and mirror.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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