Woodsmith

Empire Chest of Drawers

This take on the classic Empire chest of drawers is a modern rendition. It offers updated constructi­on techniques while staying true to the design of Empire furniture.

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Drilling Guide. The guide is a right-angle block with a cleat attached to the face.

Foot Mortises. With the guide clamped in place, swing the table to one side to drill the holes for the feet. Back out the bit occasional­ly to clear the shavings.

Post Notch. At the table saw, kerf the ends of the notch. Then saw out the waste at the band saw. Leave a small amount of waste inside the line.

Planing Cut. Use a long auxiliary fence and spiral end mill bit at the router table to make a planing cut inside the notch. Remove a small amount of material with each pass to leave a smooth surface.

 ??  ?? The chest of drawers features five large drawers. Hardwood constructi­on combined with half-blind dovetails make these drawers rock-solid no matter how much you load them up.
The turned feet appear to be an extension of the split turnings that decorate the front of the case. However, a clever constructi­on method allows you to create this illusion nearly effortless­ly.
The chest of drawers features five large drawers. Hardwood constructi­on combined with half-blind dovetails make these drawers rock-solid no matter how much you load them up. The turned feet appear to be an extension of the split turnings that decorate the front of the case. However, a clever constructi­on method allows you to create this illusion nearly effortless­ly.
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