Thursday, 22 April 2010

Norm's three drawer chest (With Secret Drawer)

This is my latest project. Its a softwood 3 drawer chest designed by Norm Abram from the New Yankee Workshop. He originally aired it in his season 12 episode 12 show. His version is made from cherry wood however that would be far too expensive so I'm using some softwood boards that I bought at IKEA for about £4 ($6) each.
It incorporates a box top and a secret drawer which was quite challenging for an amateur like me. The original can be seen at this link. I've just ordered some water based pine stain from a company called fiddes, I've used it before and it gives a superb natural English country pine finish. The octaganal door handles were about £1.50 each from a discounted range at a local ironmongery store called Woodfit. If you have any questions or would like to know any of the sizes, just subscribe to the blog and drop me a line.


  1. Great idea to use the IKEA boards. Did you use the 15mm ones?

    Also, what approx. dimensions did you use?

    Keep up the good work!


  2. Thanks for inspiring me to build one of these too. You can see it on my woodworking Facebook page at

    I painted mine white and added a railing to the top of it.
    Thanks again! Mike