Desktop Chest of Drawers

I have mentioned woodworking in my about page and hinted at the fact that I enjoy woodworking in some of my other posts.  I thought it was about time that I actually published a post on the subject.

I have been needing a small chest of drawers to sit on my desk for a while.  I wanted a place to store pens, pencils, markers, etc.  I wanted something that was pleasing to the eye and always within reach.  A piece that would be at home sitting on my desk or tucked into a bookshelf.  So, several weeks ago I decided to design and build myself a little chest of drawers.

I looked around online for a bit of inspiration.  I found a small set of drawers that I liked.  One of the things that drew me to it was the fact that the drawer fronts where notched so you could see the drawer guides.  I decided to incorporate that feature into my design.

In the photo above you can see the chest carcass is complete.  The drawer guides are installed and cut flush with the front face of the chest.  The board to the left of the chest will eventually become the individual drawer fronts.  I have cut the notches for the drawer guides and created each drawer pull.

Photo Mar 24, 7 36 18 PM
The drawer boxes have been built and  fit to the drawer guides.
Photo Mar 25, 9 25 04 AM
In this photo, I am checking the fit of the drawer face with the drawer boxes installed.  At this point the drawer face is still a single board.
Photo Mar 25, 9 25 44 AM
The drawer face has been glued to the drawer boxes.  Now, I just have to take it over to the table saw and cut the drawer face into individual drawers.
Photo Mar 25, 9 47 58 AM
Now, the individual drawers have been created.  The piece is ready for a final sanding and finish.

Below is the finished product.  All the wood is Cherry with the exception of the vertical drawer pulls which are Walnut.  The entire piece is finished with Tung Oil and a coat of finish wax.

Photo Mar 26, 6 51 46 PM

Photo Mar 26, 6 53 37 PM

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