Stickley Style Chest of Drawers

Ray

Member
The Stickley style chest of drawers is finished. This completes a program of projects to make a five-piece bedroom suit (Sassafras Collection) using quarter sawed white oak. The chest has eight drawers, and each is joined with dovetails. I used half-blind dovetails for the front of the drawer and through dovetails for the rear. All dovetails were milled using the RB. The seventh drawer (counting from the top) is lined with cedar that was harvested from a dead tree in our backyard. The top has the sassafras inlays on both right and left sides. The date of completion is burned on the rear of the chest.

I have learned much while working on these projects. The RB is a very versatile machine and, as you can see, capable of producing tight tolerances on dovetails, mortises, etc. This was my first time to tackle inlays as well, and that takes a lot of patience!
 

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Marty

New member
Thanks Ray for sharing your project with us. VERY NICE, well done. Quarter sawn white oak has a very appealing look and your craftsmanship made it just extraordinary.

Marty
 

Ray

Member
Very kind words, Marty, and thank you. Love the grain versatility of quarter sawed white oak!
 

larry.thomson

Moderator
wholeheartedly echo Marty's comments -- beautiful work, ray -- the fit on the dovetails is perfect -- and the inlay is fantastic --
a heirloom quality bedroom suite --

and your rec on the bandsaw was spot on -- thank you --

larry
 
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