The workshop is quiet without John. The dust from the bandsaw work and sanding settled on everything overnight, so I vacuumed everything before I disturbed it. You don’t have to live with dust if you vacuum as necessary at the start instead of the end of a day. I like this to be done before I apply finish and at least once a week. I haven’t always felt that way, but it saves build up. bandsaws create dust that’s quite hard to capture with a vacuum system because the double wheels and the size of them.


I said previously that I love removing the clamps from my glued up projects, no matter how large or small. Strange enjoyment really.


The drawer fit perfectly after only four or five shavings on one side. The advantage of working dead square on everything and exactly to size results in only minor final fitting and mahogany planes so readily.





I rebated the drawer runners with an old beech fillister with dovetailed boxwood slips. It’s a lovely to work with and reduced the rebate in a matter of minutes. Much easier than any machine.



Here is the finished chest. All that remains is to dye and apply the finish coats.


  1. Michael Barnes on 6 February 2017 at 6:50 pm

    I’d love to see a video series on this project. I presume there isn’t already one available…I’ve not seen it on the masterclasses website.

    • Chris Cooper on 19 February 2017 at 6:48 am

      I think this was supposed to be in his third Working Wood book which never came out. I expect he is going to get many requests for this project. I’d appreciate just his drawings.

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