Projects

Pore Filling and Varnish First I complete the construction details on this chest by adding Tongue & Grooved back boards. Then I bore the holes and position the drawer pulls. Finally I take the whole…

Skipping Dovetails for a "Contemporary" Look Making drawers is sometimes less about the joints that hold the boxes together but fitting them to the case and getting an even reveal. But I do have to…

Fully Overlaid Drawer Fronts With the veneered drawer fronts fully covering the front of the case we really change the feel of the chest to a more contemporary look. Even a slight gap between the…

Coarse, Medium, and Fine Tools Make Sculpting Easier This entire lesson is about choosing the best tool for the job and you will get to see me try several methods to shape the curves in…

Mortise and Tenons and Chunky Feet The first step with the plinth or feet assembly is to actually make the feet. While I may have been able to find 12/4 thick stock in other species,…

A Beveled Top Creates Lightness in the Design This part of the project is pretty simple. Cutting a bevel is a straightforward process but it does so much for the design. It lightens the top…

Making Ebony Mouldings is About Stock Management The way the accent mouldings break up this piece makes a strong statement and because of that I wanted to get them placed now so that I can…

Build Your Glue Up Strategy As projects go this glue up isn't terribly complex. I can do it in two stages: the outer case, then slide in the dust frames. That makes things simpler with…

Strong Mechanical Joinery to Keep the Case Rigid I'm really glad I decided to make the dust frame to case joinery sliding dovetails. First because I don't cut them that often and forcing myself to…

Consistency in Layout is the Key to Success Here The dust frames not only make for a surface for the drawers to ride on and set the spacing of the drawers, but they add incredible…

Precise Milling of Boards with Sketchy Dovetails Dovetailing the case of this chest is a good place to start since the internal dimensions of it dictate the sizes of everything we make from here on…

Figure Out the Steps to Work Most Efficiently This chapter of the project gets overlooked a lot but I think it is a key element that turns your project from good to great. We talk…

A Parts List is More than Just Sizes Creating a parts list in the "biz" is what's called "a take off". This can be as simple as building a list of parts and their sizes.…

3D Modeling Makes Trying Multiple Options Easy Armed with some basic proportions and some design ideas to augment the functional demands I head to SketchUp (or your modeling program of choice) to hammer out the…

Start With Pad and Pencil and Sketch List the functional demands, and make sure the client demands are included as well. This chest is something I've wanted to build since the moment my wife bought…