I made this H&M’s chest from mahogany with ebony plus. (Credit for design goes to Darrell Peart) The case is constructed with finger joints and the top is breadboard construction. I used general finishes dye and Finished with arm-r-seal.
I recently completed my daughter’s (Brooklyn) dresser based off the plan from Fine Woodworkings low chest of drawers. The carcass is made from air dried walnut with the side and rear panels being resawn and book matched. The front was cut from a solid piece of ambrosia maple (or sycamore from the look of some of the grain. Thoughts?) I used black epoxy to fill two large cracks on each end to blend in with the spalting of the wood. I then cut out the drawers for a continuous grain pattern. The drawers are constructed with half blind dovetails on the front and through dovetails on the back. The drawer pulls are made from off cuts from the carcass.
There was a facebook marketplace entry of free firewood. Looking at the photos it was a long section of an ash tree. Sadly the emerald ash borer is decimating the ash population in Ohio and I wanted to save some of this wood before it was just cut into firewood.
I went and cut several 4-5 foot sections and used my chainsaw mill to make some slabs that I then squared and straightened it to more usable lumber. The desk is assembled using floating mortise and tenon, festool dominoes, and the top is attached via fasteners so it can be removable. I used a dark walnut stain, to better match my other office furniture with covering up the wood grain, and it was finished with 4 coats of satin arm-r-seal, following your finishing routine.
Since it is my first project like this there are a few mistakes and things I would do differently next time, but I learned a lot through the process and feel a real sense of accomplishment building something from tree to furniture.