Multi grain box

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Project by irishhandyman posted 06-01-2008 04:12 PM 1654 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a few pics of my latest attempt. Its a simple box approx 2’ wide and 17’’ tall, and 1’ deep.
It has Ambrosia Maple (most all holes and dark streaks taken out), White Oak, Hickory, and Light Ash.
The drawers are made of all Maple except for the bottoms. The top is Hickory with Maple trim. The front and back is made of Maple. The sides are made of White Oak. The back and bottom are made of Light Ash.
This entire box is made of scraps. I have had a real lesson on doing how to do good solid glue ups. Challenge is more the word here. Its took me about 3 weekends to get to this point. I dont have the money for drawer slides so the challenge will to be make the drawers slide well and straight with wood.
Here is one of the White Oak sides.

This is the back made from Light Ash

This is the top 4’’ Maple drawer.

-- God bless the men and women who protect our counrty.

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#1 posted 06-01-2008 06:25 PM

looks like a great start…i lke the idea of making your own rails on teh drawers…will be more challenging…but it will be great when done…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 06-01-2008 06:34 PM

Multi-grain, sounds healthy. I like this “scrap” project.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#3 posted 06-01-2008 06:57 PM

Looks good to me!

-- 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 06-02-2008 11:36 AM

This is looking pretty good to me as well. Making your own drawer runners will save you money on the project and will be just as good as commercially available ones. Nice use of “scraps” too.

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

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#5 posted 06-02-2008 03:28 PM

Yea, looks good to me too. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 06-03-2008 05:13 PM

Well here I am in the final stretch to being done. It has turned out differently than what I had down on paper, but I think it will work just fine. The funny part is I may have it sold. Oh well I guess it will put me a few dollars closer to a planer;)
This is the side. White oak, with maple sides.

This is the back. It is made of Light Ash, with Maple trim.
Here is the front, all Maple. This is all solid wood. Even the runners for the drawers are maple.

Now all I have to do is pick up some material for the drawer bottoms and install the back of the drawers and it will be done except for the finish. Not sure what to do there. So many different woods, and colors, I am not sure what will look good. I dont want to stain if I can keep from it. I would like to stay as close to the natural look of the dfferent wood types as possible. Any suggestion are welcome.

-- God bless the men and women who protect our counrty.

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#7 posted 06-04-2008 12:23 AM

Looking good.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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