Small Chest of Draws
Sometimes it’s a good idea to start out small when learning how to build something. The techniques and tools are basically the same no matter what the size and you use a lot less wood and bench space in the process.
This small 18th century chest is an exact copy of an original, measuring only 15 ½” wide by 10 ¾” high by 8 ½” deep. It is built in the typical manner of an early case-piece with dovetailed construction throughout, hand planed moldings and mitred ogee bracket feet. Not only is this great practice for period hand tool construction, it’s also a practical little chest that is small enough to live on a bookshelf, as ours does.
Materials- walnut, with pine secondary wood. All materials are provided and sized where practical.
- 1/2″ bevel edge chisel
- Low angle block plane such as Stanley 60 ½ or equivalent
- Dovetail saw such as Lie-Nielsen
- Marking gauge
- 12″ try square
- Smoothing plane such as Stanley no.3, 4 or 4 ½, or modern equivalent
- Scraper blades: Lie-Nielsen makes a nice set of two, one thinner than the other.