Stickley High Chest

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Project by Greg posted 03-03-2011 04:37 AM 2628 views 14 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally finished a chest of drawers that I built for my 9 year old son. The chest is built from solid walnut that my father-in-law gave to me. The lumber had been drying in his barn for several years. The sides of the bottom drawer are cedar (also from my father-in-law). The remainder of the of the drawer sides are poplar. The frame of the chest is assembled with mortise and tenon joinery. The dust frames fit into dados in the legs. They are pinned in the front of the chest and float in the back. The 1/2” solid side panels are floating. For additional details of construction, you can see my blog at:

My son was pretty excited to get the new chest. He loaded it up with clothes soon after it was moved to his room.

-- Greg - For the benefit and enjoyment of the people

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#1 posted 03-03-2011 04:39 AM

This is very well done Greg really neat.

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#3 posted 03-03-2011 05:04 AM

Very nice. A classic design that shows the beauty of the wood. Form meets function.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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#4 posted 03-03-2011 05:16 AM

Breathtaking. Make sure he appreciates it enough to cherish it through college and beyond. Truly an heirloom.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#5 posted 03-03-2011 06:02 AM

Beautiful chest.

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#6 posted 03-03-2011 07:11 AM

Very Nice work. Love the walnut

-- - Martin

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#7 posted 03-03-2011 07:44 AM

Wow, that is beautiful!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#8 posted 03-03-2011 12:39 PM

Man this is really nice! I mean really nice! Like mentioned above Breathtaking!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 03-03-2011 02:03 PM

Beautiful, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#10 posted 03-03-2011 04:27 PM

I absolutely love it. A real inspiration.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 03-03-2011 04:44 PM

Looks great!
Thanks for sharing

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#12 posted 03-04-2011 02:48 AM

Fantastic. Building for my family always forces me to be finer with each step in the process. This is a perfect example of that.

-- Anthony

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#13 posted 03-05-2011 12:04 AM

very nice work.

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#14 posted 07-08-2011 03:46 AM

With a handsome chest of drawers like that I’d have to but some new clothes. Nice work. Thanks for sharing.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#15 posted 08-08-2011 03:29 PM

I’m fixing to make a series of furniture for my children ages 14, 12, and 11 (the younger of 5 – the other two have flown the nest). I really love the clean design you’ve used here and I think you’ve helped me settle on a style.

-- I'm not crying... That's dust in my eyes!

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