I’m making 3 chests of drawers for a kitchen, with the following 2 designs…
I’ve selected the species of wood. The pale ones are ripple ash and aspen. The darker ones are plum and cherry.
Both designs are based on the same grid, so I stared by drawing this out full size.
I then had to decide on the direction of the grain for each piece by doing a rough sketch.
There are many ways to cut veneer. The curves on both designs all have the same radius, so I bought a gouge with a curve that is near to what I need and roll it around the curve to get it as close as possible.I gradually piece the pattern together with veneer tape to form a patchwork. This is how it looks underneath…www.danieltomlinson.co.uk
Here are some photos of the TV panel, drawers and shelves that I’ve completed and installed. I hope you like it all.The panel veneer is poplar burr with a solid cherry surround and ebony stringing for the dark line border. The surface is Welsh slate, Berwyn slate quarry near Llangollen.
I made the drawers from birch plywood and sprayed a high gloss lacquer on the fronts.
This is a detail of the drop flaps. I mitre cut the solid cherry edge and the ebony inlay. The hinges are hidden when the flap is closed.
These two glass shelves are 12mm thick. I cut a 12mm wide slot with a router into the backing and simply slotted them in. The fit was tight enough to hold them in place without any more fixing. Phew!
Here are photos of the dresser in it’s current state. I’ve dovetailed the drawers and started on the door frames.Here is a close-up of a dovetail drawer carcass. The dovetails are stopped so that the ends of the tails don’t show on the drawer front.And here are the components of the drawer laid out before I glued them together.