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Low chest of drawers

author-gravatar rrich1 Jan 03, 2020

My daughter was in need of a new chest of drawers and I built this one based off of the plans by Mike Pekovich and FWW. The carcass is made from air dried walnut. The drawer fronts are made from one piece of what I believe to be sycamore. The drawer sides are made from hard maple. 

The joinery is double mortise and tenon construction. I cut the tenon's on the table saw and the mortises were drilled out on the drill press and then finished with chisels.

The drawer fronts were cut from one piece of sycamore. The piece I had had two cracks from checking and needed to be filled with epoxy. Luckily the board was spalted and I used black epoxy to blend in the repairs. I carefully measures out the thickness of the styles and rails and cut them away from the drawer front piece. This kept the lines correct by "removing" that section instead of cutting a line and pulling the boards into the correct position. This worked incredibly well and allowed me some wiggle room in cutting. The drawers are constructed with half blind dovetails for the fronts (first time doing half blinds) and full dovetails on the back. 

The drawer pulls were made from offcuts of the legs. They were cut out on the band saw and shaped on a drum sander attachment for my drill press. 

For finish I used tried and true varnish mix. This went on very well and happy with the results for a nice satin finish. 

Please let me know what you think and if you have any comments or questions let me know. Thanks for looking!

#chestofdrawers #walnut #dresser #finewoodworking #bedroomfurniture #furniture #bedroom #sycamore #dovetails #dovetail #halfblind #halfblinddovetails #handtools 

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Here I realized I mismarked my lines and drilled too close to the edge. I luckily stopped drilling before I got too far. This was the result after taking a bit off of the front for the shadow line effect. 

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This was my fix for my mistake. I used several small strips and super glued them in one at a time. This ended up looking like a home made knot and is completely invisible unless you really looked for it. 

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6 comments

Really nice work and very timely as I am about to start a similar triple dresser for my wife. I would love to see a pic of the carcass with the drawers removed. Also are those end panels floating? 

Great job! The walnut has beautiful color in it. The grain match just makes the whole thing pop! Thank you for sharing here on SimpleCove!

@WoodGate  said:

Really nice work and very timely as I am about to start a similar triple dresser for my wife. I would love to see a pic of the carcass with the drawers removed. Also are those end panels floating? 

Thank you  Here is a link to my Instagram posts that show the interior with no side or rear panels. The second link shows a somewhat better? Pic with the drawers out. The panels are all floating inside. I would add photos but don't see where I can edit my post. 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BxfqapODkzZ/?igshid=1hacnva701vi8

https://www.instagram.com/p/BzYkM4EAkFR/?igshid=14dipk6dk3dr7

@Sean  said:

Great job! The walnut has beautiful color in it. The grain match just makes the whole thing pop! Thank you for sharing here on SimpleCove!

Thanks Sean. The air dried walnut definitely has some amazing purples and yellows in it. 

Really beautiful work Ryan. The detail of cutting out the seperation on the drawer fronts works so well.

BTW - top right of your post, under the thumbnail, there is a view count and like count. You should see an edit post option there.

@Timmy2Hands  said:

Really beautiful work Ryan. The detail of cutting out the seperation on the drawer fronts works so well.

BTW - top right of your post, under the thumbnail, there is a view count and like count. You should see an edit post option there.

Thank you. I agonized a lot before cutting the drawer fronts. Really wanted to make sure I got it right. 

Thanks for showing me that. 

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