This solid wood chest (approx. 48” tall, 30” wide x 18” deep) employs mortise and tenon joinery to connect hand shaped posts to horizontal “rails” forming a frame. This traditional method of case construction is called “post and panel” ; it has mostly been replaced with other methods that employ the use of “sheet goods” (aka: plywood) and afford quicker construction and less consideration of woods’ natural tendency to move seasonally.
The posts and rails are grooved to accept thin, solid wood panels that are allowed to “float” and move seasonally with changes in humidity. Panels are shop resawn from thick slabs, then “bookmatched” and glued-up; finished panels are so beautiful you will not want to put this piece against a wall. The side and rear panels encase the five variable-depth drawers (6″- 10″ deep).
Posts and rails (frame members) of the piece shown are made from Pacific Madrone lumber salvaged in Eugene OR. The solid wood top and drawer fronts are made from pear that was salvaged from a homestead on the South Fork Trinity River near Hyampom in northern California (this wood may no longer be available at time of order due to its limited quantity). Some natural “defect” (discoloration, knots, and grain variations) in the lumber provides unique character to the overall appearance of the piece.
The hand-dovetailed drawer boxes have pear drawer fronts, alder sides, and fresh scented Port Orford cedar backs; they are each fitted with a maple ply bottom and Oregon white oak waxed runners. This “NK” drawer design was developed in Sweden at the turn of the 20th century and provides a nicely-fitting solid wood drawer that is sturdy, smooth-running, functional, and long-lasting. No funky metal drawer slides here, just smooth gliding hardwood that is fitted to very close tolerances. Each drawer is accented by functional, handmade (in my shop) Madrone drawer pulls. These drawers take about one day each to build, but they are intended to last generations.
Madrone components are finished with a mixture of tung oil and polyurethane for beauty and longevity. All other components are finished with several coats of blonde shellac and hand-wiped polyurethane for protection; interior of drawer backs are left unfinished to ensure the Port Orford cedar scent is maintained. Other finish choices are available on request, depending on the client’s preferences if I believe it will work with the wood species (shellac only, shellac and wax, wax only, oil and wax, etc.).
The only steel used in this piece is screws for drawer pull attachment and clips and screws that attach the underside of the top to the framework but allow for the natural seasonal movement of the solid wood top.
Each piece I build is truly one of a kind…different from its siblings. This is a very special chest that will become a treasured family heirloom. Treated with respect and care deserved by fine furniture, this piece should service multiple generations. I build only one or two of these each year, ORDER YOURS TODAY!
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