Fine Woodworking

Photos: Michael Pekovich; drawings: Bob La Pointe

Case furniture based on a dovetailed box is found in a wide range of styles and periods. While the details vary many pieces can be built using similar construction solutions. When I build a case, I work from a firm set of ideas—both traditional and modern—that I've found to be reliable and efficient.

The techniques required to make a chest of drawers are common knowledge to most woodworkers: dovetails, dadoes, miters, mortises, and tenons. The complex appearance is the result of a straightforward sequence of simple steps.

At its most basic level, a chest of drawers is a stack of separate assemblies. However, based on moldings (or lack thereof), leg treatments, drawer styles, proportions, and materials, a wide variety of case pieces is possible. Like my other articles in this magazine, "Tables with Drawers" (pp. 42-47) and "Classic Sideboard" (pp. 70-77), this

Build a strong case and then change details to suit the style

How To Sell Furniture

How To Sell Furniture

Types Of Furniture To Sell. There are many types of products you can sell. You just need to determine who your target market is and what specific item they want. Or you could sell a couple different ones in a package deal.

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