If you want to make an "exploding" dresser or a chest of drawers that stands with a "hands-on-hips" attitude, you're going to have to take a page from Judson Beaumont's book and abandon traditional furniture-making techniques for a while. Instead of traditional construction, Beaumont creates his often-whimsical designs using techniques inspired by aircraft construction and the human body. He begins by assembling an internal skeleton using a nail gun, skins it with thin sheets of plywood, and then adds veneer or paint. This technique allows him to make virtually any shape, from dramatic curves to human postures. And every single piece of Beaumont's furniture is completely functional.

From Fine Woodworking #217