Chest of Drawers and Night Stand

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Project by flynryan2 posted 11-15-2013 01:24 PM 2298 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Project is to complete my Bedroom set for my new baby boy. He has not arrived yet, but any day now. The chest of drawers is a modification of the changing table/dresser plans from woodplans. It was fairly easy to modify just the drawer side of the plans and add room for two more drawers.

The two pieces are made entirely of Maple (and Maple plywood). I used a red chestnut stain on the trim to give it a redish tint and used weathered oak stain for the majority. I chose the weathered oak to give the piece a darker and richer natural color. Weathered oak stain is mildly different than the straight “natural” stain, but highlights the grain a little darker and sort of greyish.

This is my second project to make these drawer boxes, and wow did they fit together much easier and almost perfectly square (I am not sure we can ever make them perfectly square?) I wanted to use my brand new Leigh Dovetail jig to make the drawer boxes, but darn the luck when I realized my hand me down craftsman router only accepts 1/4” bits. Being the middle of November, so close to Christmas I couldn’t go buy the new router I want.

I appreciate all of the lumberjocks out there posting their projects. It is great inspiration to find the next project for the wood shop.

P.S. the pictures make the chest look tapered toward the bottom, it is not. The piece is same dimensions, it is just he camera lens playing tricks. Although a tapered frame would look cool, maybe next time.

-- Living Life one day at a time

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#1 posted 11-15-2013 01:35 PM

Wow, Very nice matching set! Headboard next, to.complete the three piece?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#2 posted 11-15-2013 02:17 PM

The Headboard is a part of the crib. The Crib is a 3-1 (woodplans project) that matches the set. So in the set I have made, Crib that converts into full size bed, Dresser/Changing Table, Night Stand and Chest of Drawers. Oh and I made two matching Shelves with the scrap.

-- Living Life one day at a time

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Kaleb the Swede

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#3 posted 11-15-2013 02:17 PM

Great Job. You really made that clean looking but still very striking and beautiful.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#4 posted 11-15-2013 03:05 PM

These look really nice. You did a fine job on them.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 11-15-2013 03:41 PM

^ What Charles said, you’ve done fine work!!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#6 posted 11-15-2013 03:56 PM

Great looking chest of drawers,well done.


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#7 posted 11-15-2013 05:54 PM

Very nice chest of drawers and night stand, you have done an excellent job in the making of them. I really like the trim around the drawers it adds to the beauty to them both…excellent job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#8 posted 11-15-2013 09:41 PM

What a stunning piece! Workmanship, design, wood selection and execution.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#9 posted 11-15-2013 10:40 PM

Really nicely done work. I was wondering about the tapered look…

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#10 posted 11-15-2013 11:43 PM

I really like the clean design and light wood. Curious what sort of joinery you ended up doing? Nice and inspirational. BTW – I am still working on that square problem.

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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#11 posted 11-16-2013 12:19 AM

You won’t find one that nice in a furniture store, congrats!

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Chris McDowell

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#12 posted 11-16-2013 12:26 PM

Looks very nice. Good idea staining the trim. Great work!

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#13 posted 11-16-2013 01:08 PM

Thank you all for your kind words. I enjoy sharing and Love see the finished product myself

-- Living Life one day at a time

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