COD Progress Report

With all of the demands of retirement and grand parenting, there’s been scant time available for work in the shop.  But I’m happy to report that I have been making some progress on the small chest of drawers that has been occupying an exponentially large area for far too long.

Cross banding of quarter sawn white oak (hey, it’s what I had laying around) has been let into the drawer fronts.


BTW, If you want to learn about all sorts of banding and inlay techniques, go to my friend, Jack Plane’s blog,  He’s just put up a blog on herringbone inlay.  Great stuff.

The drawer fronts were rabbeted (or rebated, si vous préférez) in order to accept a cock bead.  Strict traditionalists will scold me as I’ve opted not to do a full width (equal to drawer front thickness) top bead. So be it!  It’s not a museum job, ultimately, I’m going to put a TV on top of this thing.


Now starts the tedious job of making and fitting up drawers.  Saws and chisels on the bench.  There’ll be no discussion of dovetails joints here.  Goodness knows, there’s been more than enough said about that!



My dear wife asked if I thought this project would be done by Thanksgiving?  “Maybe by Christmas”, I replied.  However, I did not specify a year.

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4 Comments on “COD Progress Report”

  1. Jack Plane Says:

    Full marks for perseverance and a good job at that!

    I keep trying to ‘Like’ your posts, but nothing happens when I click the ‘Like’ button.

  2. Sylvain Says:

    A rebate/rabbet is called “une feuillure” in French.

    • D.B. Laney Says:

      Merci beaucoup, Sylvain. As you can tell, I’m not a French speaker. I find it interesting that in most languages, terms used by craftsman are rarely included in the “standard” dictionary. A good way to maintain the “secrets du metier”, I suppose.

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