Pine Chest of Drawers

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Project by gerrym526 posted 03-07-2008 12:59 AM 2333 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this pine chest of drawers from pine flooring I reclaimed from my attic-had been there 40+ years and was pretty dirty, but had a nice grain pattern. Cleaned up and surface planed the pine boards for the side panels, and drawer fronts.
Drawers are dovetailed and cut by hand (sorry for the picture quality). I had tried using my Leigh D4 to cut the half blind dovetails, but the wood was so old and somewhat brittle that it shattered as soon as the router bit hit it, so had to cut by hand instead. I enjoy hand tool work so it wasn’t a big deal.
Wanted to use a traditional finish, so I applied 5 coats of shellac- 2 lb cut. Finish has aged beautifully to a rich golden color.
Drawer pulls were cast pewter from a California company called “Natural Objects”. Most of you know my bias towards very special hardware, and finding these pulls was no exception.

-- Gerry

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#1 posted 03-07-2008 01:05 AM

thats the best pine I’ve seen in a long time. it has the nice aged look too and it looks great. nice job on the dovetails too.

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#2 posted 03-07-2008 01:14 AM

Great looking chest of drawers, and a great job of recycling some beautiful wood.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 03-07-2008 01:32 AM

Nice recycling job! You did a great job on the chest.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 03-07-2008 02:17 AM

Yow ! this is one one nice pine dresser. shellac really made it pop !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 03-07-2008 02:21 AM

I really enjoy these stories about reusing wood. This is a winning situation all the way around. Your dresser turned out nicely.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 03-07-2008 03:23 AM

Very nice. I don’t know why most people look down on pine furniture. It is actually some of my favorite.

Interesting comment about the dovetails….I did not realize you could cut them with a router (ha ha). I haven’t done any by hand in so long, I am sure that my attempts now would be quite entertaining. Maybe one day I will have a bench again and I will have the time to work on things like that.

Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#7 posted 03-07-2008 05:24 AM

Beautiful color on the wood.

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#8 posted 03-07-2008 08:55 AM

Nice chest of drawers – and to think that it was just lying in your attic all those years. Nice job of recycling and the finish and joinery is outstanding.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 03-07-2008 05:05 PM

Looks great. I like the drawer pulls and the big dovetails.

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#10 posted 03-08-2008 01:38 AM

Gorgeous! Shellac is my favorite finish on pine. Great work!

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#11 posted 04-03-2008 04:05 PM

Hi Gerry

Outstanding chest. I love seeing pieces like these made from old wood. When I was a kid in Chicago I remember all the mansions along the lake short before lake shore drive went in, especially up towards Evanston. How would you like to have had all the wood in those homes that went to the land fill. Makes one sick! Thanks for posting your projects.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 12-05-2009 05:48 AM

Beautiful chest of drawers.

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#13 posted 12-05-2009 05:55 AM

Awesome piece!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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