Shaker Chest of Drawers
A pro's jigs and tips simplify joinery on chests of any size
Synopsis: This low chest is a twist on the traditional Shaker blanket chest. 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.
Years ago, clients wanted me to make a blanket chest to…
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Digital plans, a cutlist, and a SketchUp drawing for this project are available in the Fine Woodworking store.