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Project by Dchip posted 03-29-2012 03:14 PM 1827 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We needed some place to put all our mail, so I thought this would be the perfect project for the new dovetail jig. It’s cherry with ash as the secondary wood, the only two species I had lying around in the necessary quantity. Finish is BLO followed by some wipe-on poly.

The drawer fronts are from a single board that had some crazy grain I really liked and was saving to re-saw for a box. A word of advice – don’t divide drawer fronts along areas of vertical grain, it sort of kills the continuous look. I still have to work on my reveals; I was hoping that the banding and slight overhang would hide this but no luck. I should have also put a sliding dovetail in the top divider – structurally unnecessary but aesthetically pleasing. And finally, I need to locate that iron…

Other than that, I think it came out great.

All comments/critiques welcome.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#1 posted 03-29-2012 05:58 PM

Very nice work. Mind me asking where you got the drawer ring-pulls from?

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#2 posted 03-29-2012 10:00 PM

Clean, Crisp and Elegant. I put this in my favorites. You ran off flaws I don’t comprehend, But I agree on the sliding dovetails to attach the upper. Well executed.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#3 posted 03-30-2012 04:00 AM

Very nice piece.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#4 posted 03-30-2012 01:09 PM

Thanks for the generous words everyone.

vakman – The pulls are from lee-valley. Good quality for the price.

John – I’m my own harshest critic. I like to list my final thoughts on every project as a sort of snapshot in my woodworking progression to look back on.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#5 posted 03-30-2012 07:37 PM

Nicely done.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#6 posted 03-31-2012 08:47 AM

Very Nice Project! Thanks For posting!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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