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Shaker Chest of Drawers

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BetsyE Betsy Engel, contributor
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This low chest is a twist on the traditional Shaker blanket chest.

This low chest is a twist on the traditional Shaker blanket chest.

Photo: Dennis Griggs

This Chest of Drawers is featured in FWW # 206, Shaker Chest of Drawers by Christian Becksvoort. While its size and appearance are similar to that of a blanket chest and it can fit at the foot of the bed, the drawers make it a more convenient storage place for smaller items like sweaters and clothes. As with much of Becksvoort's work, this design is heavily influenced by the Shaker design ethic, with its simple lines, functional design, solid construction, and cherry wood. Half-blind dovetails secure the sides to a subtop, and a sliding dovetail secures the bottom to the sides. A vertical divider gets centered in the top and bottom and dadoed in place. Front and back rails are notched around the vertical divider and dovetailed into place. A sturdy frame-and-panel back ensures that the piece looks beautiful from all directions.

Design or Plan used: Christian Becksvoort

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