2017 Spring Wood Working Project Chest of Drawers

I wanted storage space for my RC Helicopter tools and parts for my office and couldn’t find anything that existed. This is the design I came up with and built.

chestofdrawers

Here is the finished piece.

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OMGdone

Cut the drawer pieces out of 1/2 and 1/4” plywood. Routed the drawer sides with drawer lock bit and used a 1/4” rabbet on the bottom rather than a slot to conserve valuable vertical space.

GluingUpDrawers

Glued them up.

GluingUpDrawers2

Stacked drawers in a mockup of the final configuration with full extension slides as spacers.

drawersbuilt

Planed reclaimed red oak flooring to 1/2” and tongue and grooved the pieces so there was a 1/2” band at the top and bottom of each fascia board. This helped keep the boards true and they have remained extremely flat.

FasciaBoards

Glued up fascia boards.

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Stained.

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All of the drawers and fascia boards neatly stacked.  The black board on top was an experiment with reclaimed flooring that didn’t work well.

topdeckdone

Cut and banded 3/4” plywood with 3/4” red oak boards for the carcass.

bandingplywood

Created tongue and groove slots on the top, bottom, left and right panels that fit snuggly together perfectly square while dry.  During glue up they were tighter and required lots of rubber hammer and clamp pressure to pull them tight.

tonguegrooverouting

Decided to flock the top 4 smallest drawers that hold lots of small tools.

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Rough fit of everything.

roughtFit

Stained the housing black

stainingcabinet

Glued the main enclosure together and used pocket screws for the center supports and mid horizontal surface.

staintouchup

Created wood tooling for mounting the drawer sliders.

firstdrawermounted

All drawers fitted

drawersin

Fitted and shimmed fascia boards, then marked holes and drilled holes for handles. These two screws also hold the fascia boards in place and allow for minor adjustments to get them aligned well.

drillinghandles

Cabinet is now complete.

firstsemifinishedlook

toolsflocked

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