I didn't bother taking too close a look at how this piece was made, as I'm pretty sure it's some made-in-China crap. So I decided on some rough dimensions (8" x 6" x 4") and put tools to wood.
The carcase is made from 3/8" thick pine. The top and bottom are dovetailed into the sides and there's a groove along the back to receive a 1/8" plywood back. The 1/8" groove is a good excuse to use my old wooden plough plane. It's the only plane I have that has an iron that thin.
|Underside of top|
|Inside face of left side|
|A first dry-fit|
|Template being used to scribe the shape of the drawer front|
|This looks nicer than I thought it might|
A couple more details to take care of - drawer pulls and feet. I couldn't find any drawer pulls tiny enough to fit this chest. So I experimented with some large nails and found one that seems to be sized right.
|Using a cut off nail as a drawer pull|
|Mitered both ends of a 1/2" x 1/2" pine blank|
|Made a little template and transferred the shape to the blank.|
This half-foot is about 1 1/8" long.
|Chiseled and fine-rasped to the lines|
|Then glued the miters of each pair of bracket feet|
|Then glued them to the bottom of the case (glue not yet added in this photo)|
|Here's the feet glued to the bottom (they're not all cleaned up yet)|
|I guess that's why large case pieces have bracket feet that are proud of the case|
and mouldings to cover the dovetails
And here she is, minus final painting. I'll add the pulls after that.