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Korean Chest of Drawers

Postby Woodbloke » 27 May 2018, 17:53

First dry run through of a modern Korean styled chest of drawers...4 large ones and 8 small. This one has been incredibly difficult to work out how to put it together, owing to the convoluted and complex way I've decided to make it :( The complexity lies in the fact that the verticals follow through from the floor (inc the stand, not shown 'cos I haven't made it yet :lol: ) to the top panels without a break:

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The easiest way I could think of to fix the front of the drawer frames to the legs was by using a pocket hole ( 'oles filled eventually)

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The ply/gash mdf 'boxes' are there to act as spacers to ensure the drawer frames are dead parallel and these will too will eventually be trashed. The spaces between the frames will be filled with brown oak panels and all edges will be softly rounded over using a 3.2mm rad router bit. Drawer fronts in Brown Oak as well, Ebony handles.

Jointing with 10mm doms, 8mm dowels using my 'Dowelmax' jig, ph screws and 50mm Torx screws. It's a bit of a proverbial 'dogs dinner' at the moment, but it's slowly coming together - Rob
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Re: Korean Chest of Drawers

Postby Robert » 27 May 2018, 22:47

Is there a drawing of what this will look like?

Google image search for Korean chest of drawers came back with quite a variety of chests. Most had many small drawers and quite a few had turned up ends to the top surface. Beyond that I have no idea what a Korean chest of drawers looks like and I can't guess much from your framework. Knowing what you have made in the past though I have no doubt it will be stunning.
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Re: Korean Chest of Drawers

Postby Woodbloke » 28 May 2018, 07:06

Robert wrote:Is there a drawing of what this will look like?

Sorry about that, should've included a pic or two. This is it shown with some drawers open..

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and this one is a front view where...

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the top panels can be seen - Rob
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Re: Korean Chest of Drawers

Postby Andyp » 28 May 2018, 08:07

Good to see that you are not twiddling your thumbs Rob. I am sure you will need to move house soon to accommodate your recent output.
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Re: Korean Chest of Drawers

Postby Rod » 28 May 2018, 10:49

Intriguing

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Re: Korean Chest of Drawers

Postby StevieB » 28 May 2018, 12:04

I likes that - alot!

On my tuit list is an apocatharies chest and a Japanese tansu chest - that incorporates elements of both :eusa-clap:
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Re: Korean Chest of Drawers

Postby Woodbloke » 28 May 2018, 16:22

Andyp wrote:Good to see that you are not twiddling your thumbs Rob. I am sure you will need to move house soon to accommodate your recent output.

This is to replace a pine chest of drawers (made from laminated B&Q board) quickly lashed together when my daughter was at home some years ago whilst studying for her MA. No.1 son has subsequently 'claimed' the old one for his new gaff in Londres :D - Rob
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Re: Korean Chest of Drawers

Postby Woodbloke » 28 May 2018, 16:24

StevieB wrote:I likes that - alot!

On my tuit list is an apocatharies chest and a Japanese tansu chest - that incorporates elements of both :eusa-clap:


Surprisingly, the Japanese have produced very little in noteworthy furniture - Rob
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Re: Korean Chest of Drawers

Postby 9fingers » 28 May 2018, 16:44

Woodbloke wrote:
Robert wrote:Is there a drawing of what this will look like?

Sorry about that, should've included a pic or two. This is it shown with some drawers open..

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and this one is a front view where...

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the top panels can be seen - Rob


Nasty bit of sapwood there Rob :lol:

I presume you have not used any stain on the dark parts? otherwise a devil of a job to keep it out of the lighter wood or have you been cunning?

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Re: Korean Chest of Drawers

Postby Woodbloke » 28 May 2018, 17:07

9fingers wrote:Nasty bit of sapwood there Rob :lol:

I presume you have not used any stain on the dark parts? otherwise a devil of a job to keep it out of the lighter wood or have you been cunning?

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Indeed Bob, cunning is the order of the day :D Drawer fronts, side and top panels will be in 2mm thick Brown Oak veneers, ne're a sniff of sap to be seen - Rob
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Re: Korean Chest of Drawers

Postby Mike G » 28 May 2018, 18:23

These eastern designs that that you favour Rob really aren't my thing at all.........but I am very much looking forward to seeing the the 3-way mitred corner joints. Plenty of photos of that from setting out through the cutting and fitting, please!
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Re: Korean Chest of Drawers

Postby Woodbloke » 28 May 2018, 18:58

Mike G wrote:... the 3-way mitred corner joints.

I suggest you don't hold your breath Mike :lol: - Rob
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Re: Korean Chest of Drawers

Postby Woodbloke » 04 Jun 2018, 15:32

A few more images with the plywood drawer spacers removed. Currently, a 3.2mm rad roundover bit is being used on the internal corners prior to machining the 10mm groove for the panels.

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No small vertical dividers yet for the top drawers.

Rear view....

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..showing the two verticals and the eventual position of the three veneered back panels.

Corner joint between a drawer frame...

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...and front stile.

Rear doweled joint showing the method of marking out..

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..to find the exact centre line position on the rear stile - Rob
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Re: Korean Chest of Drawers

Postby Malc2098 » 04 Jun 2018, 16:12

Coming along nicely.
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Re: Korean Chest of Drawers

Postby Woodbloke » 28 Jun 2018, 18:01

Gluing the whole thing (apart from the back panel frame) in one hit on one of the hottest days of the year...the Cascamite was going 'rubbery' in about an hour or a little longer.

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Cleaned up with the Brown Oak panels installed and the drawer dividers in the top two openings, these were jointed with 6mm plywood splines:

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All interior and exterior edges were softened with a 3.2mm roundover cutter from Ax; the internal corners have yet to be completed with needle files and sandpaper:

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Lots still to do...a big stand, the 12 drawers and the back panels - Rob
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Re: Korean Chest of Drawers

Postby Malc2098 » 28 Jun 2018, 18:17

looking nice.
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Re: Korean Chest of Drawers

Postby Rod » 28 Jun 2018, 22:43

Coming along nicely

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Re: Korean Chest of Drawers

Postby Woodbloke » 03 Jul 2018, 17:47

Using the LN51 shooting board plane to take fine shavings off the edge of the centre drawer runners for an exact, smooth, sliding fit in a test piece:

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Runner fitted and moving smoothly in the test piece - Rob
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Re: Korean Chest of Drawers

Postby Malc2098 » 03 Jul 2018, 18:38

Nicely done. Those shavings are transparent!
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Re: Korean Chest of Drawers

Postby Woodbloke » 15 Jul 2018, 12:44

Installing the oak drawer runners, the 12mm stuff for the small drawers are shown:

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There are two 19mm runners for each of the larger drawers:

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The lhs runner on the large drawers are screwed in place using UJK Technology 25mm long, washer headed pocket hole screws. These 'float' in a 6mm slot and allow each runner to be made parallel to it's fixed counterpart when the drawer is adjusted to run smoothly. This was one of the principal difficulties when I made SWIMBO's large 14 drawer CofD a couple of years ago - Rob
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Re: Korean Chest of Drawers

Postby Rod » 15 Jul 2018, 13:06

That’s a nice idea - I like the angled drill attachment.

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Re: Korean Chest of Drawers

Postby Woodbloke » 15 Jul 2018, 13:47

Rod wrote: I like the angled drill attachment.

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Incredibly useful Rod, I've used it a lot as well as the 'offset drive' which came with it the drill - Rob
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Re: Korean Chest of Drawers

Postby Pinch » 16 Jul 2018, 20:01

Beautiful work!

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Re: Korean Chest of Drawers

Postby Woodbloke » 01 Sep 2018, 17:41

A short update on this one. The drawer boxes (twelve in total, eight small and four large) have been completed. Quarter sawn 8mm oak sides with through d/t's all round. That's a LOT of dovetails :D

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The large drawer at the rear has had the muntins fitted and glued, which needs to be done with the drawer box in place, otherwise it's a complete nightmare to make them line up with the runners. The two bits of mahogany veneer allow clearance 'twixt the frame and drawer sides when it's being fitted. With that in mind, the second big drawer...

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...is in the process of being fitted; a long, slow and tedious process as it's literally one shaving at a time from the top of the drawer using a 0.1mm feeler to test for the clearance as it slides in. I use a soft HB pencil to mark how far it goes in each time. The latest bit of workshop kit that SWIMBO treated me to ( on the p/t table) has been very useful :D; it normally sits astride the lathe bed. Between drawers, there's also a part turned fruit bowl in oak on the lathe which has been has been finished with three coats of Osmo - Rob
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Re: Korean Chest of Drawers

Postby 9fingers » 01 Sep 2018, 18:21

You could do with some ball bearing slides on those drawers Rob. :lol:

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