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Phew - I finally completed this project! It took me over a year (I started it, took 8 mo off from the shop, then returned to complete it). It's walnut with cherry bowties and pegs. Maple back, drawer sides, and carcass parts. This thing is a beast! Very stout and heavy!

I learned a lot with this project: first time doing double mortise and tenons, first time working with a slab and live edge, first time doing bowties, first time doing a chest of drawers, and a few other firsts as well.

I sprayed on 3 coats of Endurovar semi gloss - my new favorite finish.

These plans came from Michael Pekovich at FWW. I changed things up and made my own Sketchup file first.

Thanks for looking!



All the carcass parts ready for glue-up.



Planing the tops level. I took almost an inch of thickness on the nightstand to get it level. That's a lot of work!



This piece popped out when chopping the bowties.



Epoxy saved the day!



Just for added protection, I added 3 bowties to the bottom as well. Bowties are 1/2" thick.



Planing the drawers to fit. This is my favorite part of woodworking!



Love my refrigerator box spray booth!



Love my custom brand!

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Hey they really came out beautifully. Nothing looks first time to me. Beautiful joinery and finish! Michael seems to agree :)
 

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Great looking, very nice work. Looks like you have a very happy customer.
 

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Great job of creating heirloom furniture. Michael can hand this down to his own child some day.
 

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Awesome job sir
 

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well judging by the big smile on michaels face id say you made him very happy,and why wouldn't he be with a beautiful set of furniture like that,excellent job travis.
 

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Great job! But I think you should have taken more time off before completing it - give him a chance to grow some
more so he can reach the top drawers. LOL

Seriously, great design and choice of wood, sure to be handed down for generations. Thanks for posting.
 

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Wow! This is really nice. I want to be like you when I get big!
I like your brand - I had one made, but have now been forgetting to burn it into my projects when done, lol.
I also want to make drawers like this without slides. More precision required, and they are more traditional. Sounds backwards, I know.
 

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Thanks guys.

Pete,
I know - sometimes I forget to brand as well at the end of the project. Ug! It's a big project. Good luck!

James,
I used my Leigh jig for all the dovetails. Waaaay too many to cut by hand!
 
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