Catalina Walnut 5-Drawer Wide ChestBy Copeland Furniture
Our uber modern Catalina 5-Drawer Wide Chest features an enduring solid walnut construction that will withstand a lifetime of use with the grace you would expect from solid wood. As a premier piece from our Catalina Bedroom Furniture Collection, the Catalina Chest is handcrafted in Bradford, Vermont by Copeland Furniture using sustainably harvested American black walnut. The utmost care and skill are put into every detail to ensure the highest quality in solid wood furniture for this designer storage piece.
Construction details include 45 degree miter construction where solid wood tops and sides are joined to create a perfectly seamless perimeter. The technique to produce this style case requires extreme precision and is only attainable through exacting detail. The leading edge of this modern bedroom chest is beveled to present a thin delicate, line that belies its considerable heft. Custom solid walnut throughout fully finished drawer boxes with solid wood drawer fronts/sides/backs, asymmetrical English dovetails and full-extension, under-mounted, soft close drawer slides (with no visible hardware) for sturdy, smooth operation.
Base Price represents chest in natural walnut
Shown In natural walnut
Matching Furniture is available online in our Copeland Modern Catalina Collection
Natural variations in solid wood and hand applied finishes make each piece unique. Slight grain and finish irregularities tell you that the furniture has been crafted from solid wood and are considered hallmarks of quality.
33 1/2"W x 18"L x 50 1/2"H
Copeland's drawer fronts are solid wood, 3/4" thick
Drawer sides and backs are also solid wood - cherry, maple or ash - and are a full 5/8" thick
Drawer bottoms are 1/4" high-grade plywood panels (5 Layer baltic birch)
You'll notice that our drawers are joined with an asymmetrical English dovetail joint. Asymmetrical refers to the fact that the pins (seen on the drawer front) and tails (seen on the drawer side) are of different widths. This is the gold standard in traditional joinery and is both aesthetically and structurally superior to other common techniques.
The drawer front integrates directly with the drawer side. Often you will find furniture where the drawer front is simply screwed on to a pre-existing drawer box. This is usually because the manufacturer has opted to purchase pre-manufactured drawer boxes rather than going to the trouble of designing, engineering and building the components to match their individual designs. Sadly, many manufacturers who market themselves as Made in the USA engage in this practice, effectively outsourcing components that make up nearly half of the product.
Some manufacturers cut corners, leaving drawer boxes unfinished. Not only is this unsightly, it is potentially hazardous to your clothing. Delicate garments can be snagged or even torn on rough unsanded surfaces and this becomes more pronounced with age as the unprotected wood is exposed to changing humidity. Copeland's drawer boxes are fully finished and sanded on the interiors.
Solid Wood Case Sides
Forty-five Degree Miter construction refers to the angle in which solid wood tops and sides are joined to create a perfectly seamless perimeter. Stylistically, these cases are highly refined and visually Modern. The technique to produce this style of case requires extreme precision and is only attainable through exacting detail. The leading edge of the cases is beveled to present a thin delicate, line that belies their considerable heft.
This collection uses an Under Mounted Soft Close Glide on all bedroom, dining room and media case pieces. These full extension glides provide a gentle bump as the drawer is fully extended and a soft automatic retraction as the drawer closes. Since they are under mounted there is no visible hardware.
Metal Glides on Home Office Desks and File Cabinets All Copeland home office collections feature Full Extension File Glides. These allow drawers to open wide enough for easy access to all contents and are strong enough to support the heavy load associated with office storage. File cabinets also feature an anti tip mechanism that allows only one file drawer to be opened at a time.
Background - Solid Wood Construction
Our solid wood comes from sustainably harvested, domestic hardwood trees. We select species regarded for their exceptional beauty as well as their steady long standing market demand.
An important fact about solid wood is that it expands and contracts with the varying levels of humidity (up to 1% measured across the grain). Furniture made of solid wood must be designed specifically to allow room for the wood to move.
The reason manufacturers use solids is fairly obvious. Well made solid wood furniture is extremely durable and when damaged can be repaired and renewed over generations.
What are veneers?
A veneer is a thinly cut overlay of the same high-quality, sustainably harvested solid wood used in the rest of the piece, but applied over a substrate, in this case premium quality plywood.
Where are veneers used?
Our reputation is as a solid wood specialist. This is not to say we never use veneers but rather that their use is limited to the specific areas where they are the best choice.
Framed panels, that is panels surrounded on all four sides (as in this Monterey collection), are made of high grade, veneered plywood. In these instances, a solid panel would have the potential to expand and break the frame apart during periods of high humidity. The plywood is considerably stronger than solids of equal dimension. This includes Case Backs and Drawer Bottoms as well as Monterey Collection Case Sides.
Why are veneers used?
There are three main reasons furniture makers use veneers in their pieces:
ConstructionComplicated shapes and curves are often impossible to fabricate out of solids. Very thin parts often require the strength of veneered plywood and certain design elements require the dimensional stability of veneered components.
AestheticInteresting effects with wood grains can by achieved by matching and/or assembling veneer strips in any number of deliberate patterns.
Weight/ExpansionUsing veneers for framed panel case sides, furniture makers significantly reduce the weight of large case pieces like dressers and bookcases. Because plywood is made by cross-hatching wood grains, it doesn't expand and contract the way solid wood does, ensuring the case sides won't potentially damage the frame and structure of the rest of the piece.
Catalina Bed Headboards
Bed headboard panel is laminated with maple or walnut veneer.
At Vermont Woods Studios, each piece of fine furniture is carefully handcrafted and made to order right here in Vermont. The current lead time for production is approximately 14-18 weeks.
Once complete, your furniture is blanket-wrapped and shipped by our white glove delivery partners. The transit time from our craftsmen to you depends on accessibility to your area. Please select your delivery location in the drop down below to get an indication of what the transit time for your order would likely be:
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If you live in a location that is outside of our regularly serviced area, please add one to two weeks to your transit time.