Chests - Fine Woodworking How-To


  • Asian-Flavored ApprenticeshipAsian-Flavored Apprenticeship

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Aaron Levine's quilted Western maple and lacewood tansu chest offers lessons in veneering, NK-style drawers which are screwed together, and adding wheels, which ...

  • Out of Nakashima’s ShadowOut of Nakashima’s Shadow

    by Stewart Wurtz

    This chest by Stewart Wurtz was designed to go into a home owned by avid collectors of George Nakashima's work. Wurtz wanted to honor Nakashima with the design ...

  • Traveling TansuTraveling Tansu

    by Jonathan Binzen

    This rolling tansu chest by Aaron Levine is based on a traditional Japanese furniture form, but when he designed it he was serving an apprenticeship and was at ...

  • Twisted and TexturedTwisted and Textured

    by Jonathan Binzen

    John Lee makes furniture full time in a shop he built behind his father’s house in County Meath, Ireland, using traditional techniques to create innovative furniture. ...

  • How to Engineer a Chest of DrawersHow to Engineer a Chest of Drawers

    by Gerald Curry

    Even if you build your projects to accommodate wood movement and choose the best materials for each part, there will be times when you'll need to be more exact ...

  • A Journey to BombéA Journey to Bombé

    by Thomas McKenna

    A bombe chest is a tour de force for a woodworker, requiring a combination of excellent technical skills, eye for detail, and period furniture acumen to pull off. ...

  • Installing Strap Hinges on a Blanket ChestVideo: Installing Strap Hinges on a Blanket Chest

    with Michael Dunbar

    Testing and adjustments yield a perfect fit

  • Frame-and-Panel DoorsFrame-and-Panel Doors

    by Lonnie Bird

    Detailed directions in this article guide furniture makers through the sometimes tricky process of building frame-and-panel doors. The author shows how to set up ...

  • Anatomy of a Chest of DrawersAnatomy of a Chest of Drawers

    by Will Neptune

    Will Neptune breaks down the design of a chest of drawers showing various In this heavily illustrated article, furniture maker Will Neptune breaks down the design ...

  • Hinges and Lid Supports for ChestsHinges and Lid Supports for Chests

    by Michael Dunbar

    Installing hinges and lid supports on a chest involves more than just a few hours of tooling in the shop. Depending on the style of your project -- whether it’s ...

  • Large-Case Construction StrategiesLarge-Case Construction Strategies

    by Bruce Cohen

    Bruce Cohen has a way to simplify projects like his nine-drawer dresser, which has more than 100 parts and even more joints. In this article he explains how to ...

  • Drawer Fronts That Fit FlushDrawer Fronts That Fit Flush

    by Christian Becksvoort

    Maintaining drawer-front alignment to the face frame can be a seasonal problem on furniture built with slab construction and typical rear-mounted drawer stops. ...

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