Small Chest of Drawers
Understated dresser has clean lines and simple, smart joinery
Synopsis: This dresser’s style is defined by uncomplicated, crisp lines and lack of ornamentation, and it fits quietly and beautifully into just about any room. Tim Rousseau designed the chest for fast, straightforward construction. Instead of dovetail joinery, he used a housed tenon joint, which features a series of stub tenons connected by a haunch, all of which are housed in a wide mortise routed in the case side. The web frames between the drawers are attached to the sides with double mortise-and-tenons. Small dovetailed drawer pulls add just the right touch to the finished case.
Every June there is a faculty show at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine, where I teach. I’ve learned that the furniture I make for the show should be something we could use in our home, in the event that no one purchases it. That’s how this ash dresser came to be.