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

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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