Shaker chest of drawers

In November 2009 I was able to attend two workshops at the Philadelphia Miniaturia: 'Shaker Chest of Drawers' by Pete and Pam Booru...

In November 2009 I was able to attend two workshops at the Philadelphia Miniaturia: 'Shaker Chest of Drawers' by Pete and Pam Boorum, and 'Magic of the Drill Press' by Tom Walden. The focus in the workshops was on learning techniques on the table saw and the drill press. The photos below show the Shaker chest of drawers I made in Pete and Pam Boorum's class.


We learned to rip, crosscut, dado, rabbet and make finger joints using the table saw.


On the photo below Pam Boorum is showing us a trick with the table saw.


The last photo is one I came across last night while flipping through the pages of the March 2010 issue of Miniature Collector (I scanned it from the magazine, so the quality is not too good). It is a photo taken by Mary Kalisky during Tom Walden's class 'The magic of the Drill Press". Even though I was renamed 'Joyce' in the caption, I am the tall one standing in the middle.

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19 comments

  1. The dovetailing is absolutely beautiful. I could not imagine that all of that is possible with a table saw. A perfectly looking 1:1 miniature!

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  2. A really exclusive piece of work!!! Would be great to be able to join a class like that one day :)

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  3. That's a beautiful project and so perfectly finished! I really have a love/hate relationship with my tablesaw. A course like that would be very helpfull!

    Unfortunately there aren't many classes like that in Holland, or do you maybe know one?

    groetjes Evelien

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  4. The shaker piece is beautiful. You did a great job. Love it!

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  5. Hi Joyce ;p. I wish there are wonderful classes like this over here. Maybe I will get my friend, Treewiz Chris to teach me ! You did a wonderful job, Josje. Is the rug a printie on canvas? It looks really good! I have seen Persian rugs like these made by an IGMA artisan, Ludwina Akbulut.

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  6. Great work, Josje, it´s really perfect!

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  7. The "dovetails" are finger joints, they don't have tapered edges. You can purchase a finger joint fixture to use on the larger sized Proxxon table saws from Pete and Pam Boorum at their website. It include instructions for making the cuts.
    http://www.smallerthanlife.com/

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  8. Outstanding !! I really wish that there are workshops like hat in Italy. I'm in awe Rosanna

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  9. Amazing dresser! Beautiful work :-). I really enjoy following your blog, and I have an award for you on my blog.

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  10. Basically the techniques we used in making the chest are quite simple, it's just that most of us (certainly I do!)need to see it first and then there is that 'aha!' moment. Even though my English skills are quite good, when I read instructions on constructing furniture (I don't know why, but they ALWAYS seem to be in English!) I get confused, especially with the measurements in inches.

    It is a shame these classes are always in the US. Like most of you, I would love to take many more woodworking classes.

    Lize, as Karin said, these are finger joints, made with a jig for the table saw which Pete Boorum makes.
    Evelien, tijdens mijn workshop (het stoeltje) een half jaar geleden waren er een aantal cursisten die graag een meubeltje wilden komen maken bij me. Ik denk erover om zoiets te gaan doen, maar ik heb het nog een tijdje erg druk met andere dingen. Maar er komt iets aan!
    Sans, yes my name is a bit difficult for most English speakers. In the US I usually go by Jo or Josie, and my high school principal (I was an exchange student 30 years ago)introduced me to my whole school as José. My name is actually pronounced Yoshuh, with J pronounced as a Y, the 'o' short as in 'boss' and the 'sje' pronounced 'shuh' as in shunning. I was given the rug a few years ago. It is a print, the back is canvas but the rug does have a pile.
    Mimmi, thank you for thinking of me with your award!

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  11. Your chest is gorgeous! So perfect! Love the dove-tailing!

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  12. Prachtig stukje kunst Josje,want dat is dat ladenkastje echt! Geweldig dat je deze vaardigheden in huis hebt!

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  13. Wat leuk Josje dat je al zoiets aan t bedenken/regelen bent. Ik wacht vol spanning af!

    groetjes Evelien

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  14. relamente un trabajo presioso¡¡ felicidades¡

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  15. Hello Josje, and thank you for your visit and comment in my blog! I hope you enjoyed it, although this time I simply forgot to write anything in English (of course). Coming soon - do pop up sometimes again!

    A gorgeous piece of furniture you've made! It was great to find the way to your blog. :)

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  16. Absolutely stunning Josje...wonderful work.

    And I am glad you told us how to pronounce your name...I am always wondering :-)

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  17. Stunning....I am still shocked!
    Gorgeous chest Josje...Congratulations

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  18. The chest drawers is too beautiful. :)

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  19. Thanks all! Of course I was just following Pete and Pam's instructions... ;)

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