This take on the classic Empire chest of drawers is a modern rendition. It offers updated construction techniques while staying true to the design of Empire furniture.
The Empire design movement falls between the more popular Federal and Victorian styles (early to mid-19th century). The design was inspired by the Napolean-era style from France, and the furniture reflects this elegant and luxurious style. Some of the traditional Empire design features can be found in this chest of drawers. This starts with the heavy proportions, and a top drawer that’s larger than the rest of the drawers. As you work down the chest, the drawers are graduated. Another feature indicative of Empire furniture is scrollwork or turnings, often sitting below the top drawer. Here, we’ve featured a pair of split turnings that mirror the feet. Don’t worry, they’re straightforward to make.
SELECT YOUR PLAN PACKAGE
What You Get:
- 11 pages of step-by-step instructions
- Over 49 full-color photos and illustrations and exploded views
- Hardware sources and materials list
Note: After your purchase, you will receive an email containing a PDF attachment of your purchased plan, as well as instructions for logging in to download the plan and access any other associated files and videos, which will all be located on this page.
We don't have any links to project supplies and hardware for this particular project yet, but here are some other products that might be of interest to you. (We may receive commission when you use our affiliate links. However, this does not impact our recommendations.)
Similar Woodsmith Plans
Quartersawn white oak and Craftsman design elements combine to create this handsome addition to any room’s décor.
High-Style Tall Chest
Why settle for ordinary? With bird's-eye maple veneer and combination of doors and drawers, this chest is stylish and functional.
The United States Customary System of Units (USCS or USC), more commonly referred to as the English or Imperial system, is the standard set of units for our plans. It uses inches and feet for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are in the United States, and it is the one we have traditionally offered on this website.
The International System of Units (SI), more commonly referred to as the metric system, is the alternative set of units that we have available for some of our plans. It uses millimeters, centimeters, and meters for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are outside the United States. These plans are provided by our business partner, Australian Woodsmith, and are based on the original Woodsmith plan. However, dimensions and other elements of the plan may vary between the metric and standard versions. Be sure to double-check the plan before building.