Chest of drawers

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Project by DAC posted 05-31-2013 08:47 PM 1998 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I scored four maple stair posts so I thought I would use them for legs on something and here is that something. I used for the first time the Kreg joinery system. It is not perfect but it is fast. Make sure you have what ever it is you are joining clamped firmly on the same plane or you can get some shift that will add to your sanding time to even things out.
The wood is Maple with some Zebra wood accents on the drawers. This chest is 48 inches high. That was determined by the posts. And it is 47 inches wide. That was determined by the amount of wood I had.
The Zebra wood design was made that way due to how much I had as a previous design used more than I had on hand and at $18.95 per bd I did not want to buy any more. I built this on the fly as what suited my taste and hope you all like it.
I used Cabot brand waterborne poly for a gloss finish and used 2 coats on the sides with 4 on the top. I just cut out 1/4 of the posts and that gave me an area to fasten the sides and back to.
I used my band saw to resaw some 4/4 maple for the drawers. The back and drawer botom material is some thin birch plywood. I did try to stain this maple but gave up as it looked terrible no mater what I did or what typ of stain I used. Besides I think it looks better natural.

-- Wood is a zen like experiance.

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#1 posted 05-31-2013 09:01 PM

Awesome… Beautiful design… Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan

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#2 posted 05-31-2013 11:44 PM

Thanks for sharing and I admire the time and effort. I think we are supposed to give our honest feedback here and I am an honest feedback person (just ask my kids).

Or maybe I’m in a foul mood here so don’t take offense. There is too much spindle in that piece. I also think the bold vertical lines and double horizontal pieces make it very busy.

I have yet to build a chest of drawers so I admire in many respects. To each his/her own.

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#3 posted 06-01-2013 12:16 AM

That is why when you go into a furniture store they have different variations on the same theme. I don’t like modern but others do. Oh and they are not spindles but the end posts on a stair rail.

-- Wood is a zen like experiance.

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#4 posted 06-01-2013 01:47 AM

Looks good DAC,

I am inspired to make a similar but smaller item
Mine will not have all the additional excellent work I see you have done, just a smple box with turned legs

In fact I was so impressed with your project I set to work imediately
Here is the rough out of my legs.


Robert Brennan

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 06-01-2013 01:56 AM

are you turning those with your router ?. if so how do you do that. awesome.

-- Wood is a zen like experiance.

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#6 posted 06-01-2013 01:59 AM

Robert. just saw the doll hose you did. fantastic.

-- Wood is a zen like experiance.

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#7 posted 06-01-2013 10:34 AM

Hello again DAC,
The legs were a result of going shopping for vegies at the local Sun Markets bought a armful of them them for about $1 ea, ... I forgot the vegies too.

I can only do parallel round, (dowel) on the shaper.

I ripped up some pallets and made the frames
this evening, they have been glued up and have overnight to completely set
Each clamp set has two of each side or end in them.
The numbers are setup spacers for the verticals.

t get the picture import to work, will try later

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 06-01-2013 01:35 PM

Nice looking dresser. It looks real good.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 06-01-2013 02:39 PM

nice job

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#10 posted 06-04-2013 12:09 AM

Thank you all for your kind words. it tis the type of encouragement that will get me into my next project. A couch/sofa to match the Cocobol and Wenge tables. A 6 foot couch should do nicely.

-- Wood is a zen like experiance.

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#11 posted 06-04-2013 03:51 PM

You make fine furniture. Like the beautiful wood combo and great design especially the legs and the patterns on drawers. Love the natural finish as well.

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#12 posted 06-17-2013 11:52 AM

Beautiful piece.Very nice job.Chests of drawers are one of the most common pieces of household furniture and can add style to a bedroom.A wooden chest of drawers, if made well, can be reasonably expected to last hundreds of years.

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