White Ash Chest of Drawers

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Project by ajbergren posted 01-26-2011 06:15 AM 2300 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Chest of drawers of my own design. White Ash, mostly bookmatched from 8/4 stock. The drawer fronts were obtained from a single board, while the legs and panels were obtained from a second board. Finally, the top was obtained from a third board, and was “double bookmatched.”

Joinery is hand cut mortise and tenon and hand cut dovetails (my first half-blinds).

If you look closely, you can see that the top and bottom stiles are “bookmatched” even though they are separated enough that it is not immediately obvious. I even bookmatched the poplar for the drawer sides and bottoms!

As usual for me, all profiles cut with hand planes, and no sandpaper was used in surface prep (planes/scrapers only).

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#1 posted 01-26-2011 06:23 AM

To be have blind those are good looking dovetails. LOL This a great project. I wished i could be as good as you.

-- Skillet, Louisiana

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#2 posted 01-26-2011 05:05 PM

Attractive chest of drawers. Nice job.

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#3 posted 02-07-2011 07:49 PM

Very nice job. Love the dovetails.

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#4 posted 04-26-2012 04:43 AM

Gorgeous chest of drawers. I like how the legs also make up the stiles for all four sides. I’m building an Arts & Crafts bookcase right now and if I had 8/4 white oak, I would have liked to try that technique. Something to keep in mind for the future. Thanks for sharing your project.



-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."

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#5 posted 04-26-2012 05:15 AM

Just wondering what finishing method you used. I built a piece with white ash as the trim and had a difficult time with the color coming out right. I must have cut up a couple of bf making sample strips to test finish on. I like the rich golden bronze reddish color you got. Maybe blond is what I’m try to see. I’m a bit color blind so if I’m off on the color, my apologies. Still looks nice even with my old eyes.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#6 posted 04-26-2012 02:15 PM

Thanks! The finish was 2 coats of BLO followed by numerous coats of blonde shellac (~1 lbs cut). I really did like how that turned out- it is not at all a light wood look (like clear finish on maple) and not dark like walnut. It did end up very much golden bronze as described.

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