How to Make an Apothecary Chest of Drawers

This little chest is made of sapele and soft maple. The drawers are joined using a double dado or half blind lock joint. Overall the dimensions are about 14″ wide, 18″ tall, and 6″ deep. The box was made to hold watches and each drawer can hold two watches on soft cushion. I finished the chest with a few coats of danish oil after sanding everything up to 320 grit.

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20 Replies to “How to Make an Apothecary Chest of Drawers”

  1. Gorgeous piece – I so want one! It's a bit too perfect though – that piece doesn't want to be so pretty and new – it should look like it's been around for at least a hundred years. 😉 tfs

  2. If the sapilli frame was straight, I am surprised you could make the drawers at all, given how the pounding the dividers needed surely distorted the box.

  3. Question: If the dividers were so tight and hard to slide into the grooves, why not run them through the planer again to shave a hair off them instead of using brute force with a mallet?

  4. thank you for the video. very inspiring. can you tell me, how you like the bench top grizzly jointer? planning on getting one, but would like to know how you like it. Thanks in advance!

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  6. Nice work. I think that the result would have been a little nicer had you used continuous grain across the front so that the fronts would have flowed horizontally.

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