Building a Chest of Drawers
Joinery and design considerations
Synopsis: Christian Becksvoort discusses the decisions and process involved in designing and building a chest of drawers and presents some of the methods he employs. First, he evaluates what will be stored in the chest and where it will go. He dimensions out the piece and builds proportions around drawer depth, and he prefers to join them with dovetails, though he talks about other options. He describes how moldings define edges and set off a piece, and he describes step by step how he goes about building one. Extensive drawings show various design options, and Becksvoort shares assembly tips and drawer-stop tricks.
Anyone who has worked with wood knows that building a piece of furniture involves a series of decisions, from choice of wood, to design and construction details, to selecting the final finish. Even if you build identical pieces over a period of years, you’ll probably find yourself making…