Next project down memory lane

May 18, 20151 Comment

Last week I shared one of the many projects I built in the past that I wouldn’t mind if it was lost to the annals of time. )Missed the post? Here’s a link.)

This week I’m sharing what was probably my first attempt at a truly functional piece of furniture for the house.

Where we were going to use it I’m not sure, but it was built after watching hours and hours of The New Yankee Workshop that I videotaped from TV (that statement alone should tell you how long ago this was.).

First chest of drawers built in the basement workshop

First chest of drawers built in the basement workshop

The entire project was made from 1x pine boards I picked up at my local home center. I ended up using it as an excuse to expand my shop from just a small benchtop bandsaw and tablesaw to also including my very first router (a horrible 1/4″ collet Skil plunge router.)

Because I didn’t own a jointer or thickness planer at the time I can say with absolute certainty the surfaces of the components are probably anything but flat and square. Also as a result I didn’t make any attempt to use thinner stock for the drawer boxes.

No thin drawer sides in this project!

No thin drawer sides in this project!

So this means that absolutely every component of this project is built from 3/4″ thick material. The result of course is that it’s HEAVY AND BULKY!

More thick 1x material was used to hide the other 1x material...

More thick 1x material was used to hide the other 1x material…

As you can see in some of these pictures I made an attempt here and there to hide ugly joinery (and plenty of nail holes), but in hindsight, I don’t think it actually made it any better, how about you?

Obviously the thumbnail profile made all the difference...

Obviously the thumbnail profile made all the difference…

All-in-all it was a great lesson for myself in drawer frame, and drawer box construction which would payoff big time in experience in many more projects to come later on.

My very first drawer frames in a project

My very first drawer frames in a project

In case you’re wondering whatever happened to this project? It’s been used in a variety of functions over the years. Some out in the open and others tucked away in a dark corner of the basement.

Currently it resides in my son’s room as his bedside table. Not because it matches the bed we built on the show (click here to see that,) but because it’s tall enough to be useful alongside it (I’m thinking that might be a good excuse to build something more appropriate?)

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  1. In some ways it did actually made it better. Can’t hardly see some nail holes in these pictures. All in all, it looks good and HEAVY!

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