Friday, 14 March 2014

Drawers are just drawers

So here they are, finished and installed. These chests of drawers are oak with soft wood interior structures. The drawer configuration was asked for by the client, and I think it works really well. The drawers are deep and this can mean a temptation to overload them, but in this case the drawer inners are thick enough to take it.
I spent quite a long time selecting this timber for this job. Timber has a "figure" or pattern on it made by annual rings of the tree when it is growing. This can be affected by how it is cut, or how the tree originally grew. So selecting the timber for the job is quite important if you want to make it look a certain way. The  flamboyant figure on this piece really makes it look special.


All my drawers are made with dovetail joints. This method of joining two bits of timber at right angles is a really strong joint, that has been used for centuries. In the past it was laboriously cut by hand, but now I have a machine jig to help me, which makes it much quicker.

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