Shaker Chest with a facet drawer


Synopsis: Small in measurement and filled with nice particulars, this pine chest gives you loads of possibilities to follow your dovetails. There’s a full-length drawer on the facet for storage, and a false backside that separates the drawer from the primary a part of the chest. You need to use the scale provided, or change the scale of the chest to go well with your self.

This small pine chest with a drawer can be utilized for storing every kind of treasures. The scale and craftsmanship make this a enjoyable challenge. It affords loads of possibilities to follow your dovetails, and the truth that it’s made from pine means it gained’t break the financial institution. The complete-length drawer is beneficial for jewellery, photographs, and different collectibles. You’ll be able to observe the unique faithfully for an ideal copy or make minor adjustments to fit your wants.

Dovetails first, then the false backside

Whereas this chest would look good-looking in any species, I desire clear white pine (like the unique) with quartersawn pine for the 2 bottoms (there’s a false backside separating the drawer from the primary a part of the chest). The unique piece is probably going from the Mt Lebanon, N.Y., group, and made within the early 1800s.

Begin by milling the 4 sides and slicing them to size. Lay out, noticed, and chop the tails on the back and front boards. Then switch the tails onto the tip items, and noticed and chop the pins. Dry-fit the case.

cutting tails of dovetails with handsaw and chisel
Cease the tails quick. Begin by slicing the tails on the back and front boards. On the correct finish of each boards, the tails cease the place the drawer opening begins. On the opposite finish, the tails span the complete width of the board. Becksvoort cuts to the road with a handsaw and chisels the tails clear.

The three/8-in.-thick false backside above the drawer sits in grooves. The unique chest has through-grooves (and small filler plugs to cowl the ends) which could be minimize on the desk noticed or by hand. Usually, I wish to go together with the unique, however stopped cuts look a lot cleaner that on this case I made a decision to veer from the previous. You need to use a 1⁄4-in. dado set on the desk noticed, however I believe that methodology requires an excessive amount of chisel work at each ends of the stopped minimize. I desire to make use of a router with a 1/4-in. bit. Clamp a begin and cease block to the router-table fence the place you need the cuts to start and finish, about 1/4 in. from the ends.

transfer the truncated tails from the front and back boards
Pin boards are completely different widths. The board on the left finish of the chest is similar width as the back and front boards, however the correct finish board (above the drawer) is narrower. Switch the truncated tails from the back and front boards to the 2 ends of the narrower facet board. Reduce the pins, clear them up, and dry-fit the case.

Because the false backside have to be supported on all 4 sides, I positioned the groove for it 1/8 in. above the drawer opening. The false backside is 3/8 in. thick, and I ran a 1/8-in. by 1/4-in. rabbet all the way in which across the underside. So the false backside matches into the 1/4-in. groove and its underside is flush with the drawer opening. As a result of it floats within the grooves, the false backside could be created from flatsawn or riftsawn materials so long as you enable a bit of house for potential motion.

Assemble the chest

As soon as the inside faces of all of the components have been sanded or planed, and the false backside has been minimize to measurement and rabbeted, the carcase could be glued. Dry-fit all of the items collectively to verify all the things works because it ought to earlier than including any glue. Whereas the glue dries, mill the lid and the underside board and minimize them to measurement. The underside have to be quartersawn as a result of it will get glued on to the chest with out allowance for wooden motion. With Jap white pine, this works positive.

Contributing editor Christian Becksvoort makes furnishings in New Gloucester, Maine.

Shaker Chest with a side drawer spread

Photographs: Anissa Kapsales

From Superb Woodworking #299

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