Very pretty, nice proportion, lovely dovetail work.
One small thing though, why would you use a rare and unique wood like Solid "Fiddleback" maple as drawer box material?
Picture these lovely drawers with socks and undies or Mactac drawer liners.
Maple, sure, but tigerstripe?
Just seems a waste, sorry.
Jose Berenguer [03/06/2009]
Thank you so much Mr Mulligan, I apreciate your coments. I see what you mean about being a waste in using tiger maple for the drawers. I used to live in Seattle and never in my life would I have thought in using price wood for drawers, but 4 years ago we moved to upstate NY where there are great riches in tiger maple as well as other beautifull hardwood and I can buy tiger maple with heavy stripes cheeper than red oak or common hard maple. I also deal hardwoods and I sell the prime tiger maple from $4 to $5 bdft and the average curl for about $2 bd ft. So I can afford to make the drawers for a nice piece in this wood.
Hey, good work. I wouldn't gripe at all about using curly maple on the drawers at all. When you build furniture, you want it to be a reflection of your self and the care that you put into it. We use 1/4 sawn maple in out drawer boxes. Curl in it is just a bonus. It's beautiful. Might use Port Orford cedar, Spanish cedar, cypress, or nutmeg in the drawer bottoms for a pleasant aroma each time you open and close a drawer. I would suggest something for your future projects if you don't mind though. In your dovetail layout, it's really nice to see the pins of equal size, while the tails progress in size from the outside getting bigger towards the middle. Noticeably different sized pins looks choppy. Also, that bank of drawers on top of the dresser looks like a bit on the heavy side. Was is ¾”? The case would maybe look a bit better proportioned if the dimension of the case were a bit thinner closer to ½”. With the first tail at 3/8” and doubling in size each tail in towards the center. It looks like you have a good handle on chopping the dovetails though. Nice wood. Nice project. Good job.
D Brown [03/08/2009]
Really a beautiful set nice looking pieces of furniture , well done .
Jose Berenguer [03/08/2009]
Thank you Joel. yes I think aromatic wood for drawer bottoms ( specially in dressers or chests) is a great Idea. can you lacker the aromatic woo? or would the finish destroy the aroma.
yes the upper case is 3/4" and perhaps it could look more proportional if made 1/2". I'll try it next time. Thank you for the imput.
Lacquer will seal in the smell. The wood in the bottoms typically stays raw. You can use shellac and wax if you do want a finish. It will smell nice. Some things can smell rancid over time. Like oil.