Cherry dresser and night tables to match

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Blog series by Antti updated 04-21-2021 06:08 AM 12 parts 8184 reads 3 comments total

Part 1: Serious planning

01-18-2020 08:50 AM by Antti | 0 comments »

Our store-bought dresser is slowly coming apart, and we havent found a nice enough replacement for it. It is hard to buy wooden furniture, when you know you could make it yourself, if you had the time. Anyway, after couple of years back and forth, I got the go-ahead. Knowing it might take a full year in calendar time to get it finished. The design had to be just square and simple to keep the time-to-market reasonable. And I would buy the internal drawer frames for the same reason. So basic...

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Part 2: Live and learn

03-08-2020 01:38 PM by Antti | 0 comments »

I finally got the project moving forward. I loaded the car, and it turns out there is some sort of sensor for overload: It cost me a vacation day, but the planks are jointed, planed, and glued – wohoo! I used dominos for alignment (didnt even put in glue to them), and they really worked like a charm. The parts are now 50 mm thick, and will be put through the planer a couple of times now that they have been glued together. Massive, you might think? Well you might...

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Part 3: Progress at covid-speed

11-01-2020 06:35 PM by Antti | 0 comments »

The plan was to be done by now, but 2020. I finally got working on these projects again. Planed the glued planks into uniform thickness 44 mm. Then used the cabinet saw to miter the ends. Started with the night tables, so the damage would be less severe if things didn’t work out. The saw settings needs to be just so for the miters to go together. They weren’t, but I managed to force the miters together. The second one actually glued pretty nice. The first one had some gaps, but I managed to ”...

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Part 4: Getting them frames out of the way

11-07-2020 07:16 AM by Antti | 0 comments »

The frames are about done. As there will be no more gluing when installing the drawer, I’m finishing the frames already. First coat with thinner version (1101?) of Osmo oil wax, and then several coats of regular Osmo oil wax. That stuff is super easy to apply, is durable as can be, and leaves the wood itself in the center. And can be easily fixed if the offspring pounds the furniture with sharp objects. I usually steel-wool the finished piece to get the natural looking mat surface. ...

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Part 5: Fabricated

11-17-2020 04:55 PM by Antti | 0 comments »

Fitting one drawer is a lot more work than you would think. Especially when you only do it once every two years: Trying to cheat by looking at the previous piece did not help as it had all-wooden drawer boxes: So it was calculus & trial & re-trial: I made these rails to isolate the metal slides from wood movement And at some point I was done with the fabrication: Now I have to figure out how to resize and crop ”vector images”, find somebody who will do the laser...

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Part 6: The Big Kahuna

11-28-2020 04:23 PM by Antti | 0 comments »

With the confidence from the smaller night tables, I put together the frame of the large dresser. Too bad the workshop just closed for the rest of the year due to covid, so I wont be able to make the drawer fronts nor the base. Still in parts Dominos for strenghening the weak miter joints. I made every mating corner so that one of the components has ”tight” domino mortises, and the other ”wide” to makse sure the thing goes together in the glue-up Stress-level rising, rising… ...

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Part 7: Trial run

02-06-2021 05:20 AM by Antti | 1 comment »

Work on the project has really grinded to a halt, with the covid shutdown of ”my” workshop. The plan to get the engravings done by a company with a big enough laser for the dresser is progressing though. I have mastered(?) the use of free vector graphics software, and gotten some test pieces made:I am thinking going with the one with the most contrast.

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Part 8: Installing the drawers

02-26-2021 05:10 PM by Antti | 0 comments »

I finally had the chance to start working on the drawer fronts. The heights are97, 97, 180, 180 and 280 millimeters. If you look closely in the end of this post, you notice that these are quite close to the original plan. I only had to add 1 mm to the two top ones to compensate for the extra height I managed to build into the frame. The lowest i.e. the widest had to be constructed from 3 boards. All in all I was barely able to get these from the boards I had bought. I swear I will buy extra 2...

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Part 9: Quick update: First production run

03-30-2021 05:15 PM by Antti | 0 comments »

I got the drawer fronts for the nighttables back from laser engraving. They look AWESOME! These only need the Osmo finish (times 3 or so), and the nightstands are ready for ”delivery”. To our bedroom. I have already made the vector image files for the big drawer. As soon as I get the chance to do the final sanding, I can ship them to get lasered in a similar fashion. It will be the whole image, consisting of the five slices in the five drawer fronts. I hope I managed to calculate th...

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Part 10: How it started / how it’s going

04-02-2021 04:05 PM by Antti | 2 comments »

The night stands are READY! From this to this Cherry, Osmo oilwax finish.

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Part 11: Laser focus

04-12-2021 06:16 PM by Antti | 0 comments »

After the carvings in the night tables turned out ok, I made the vector files for the big dresser. Basically I took 5 slices from the same picture, accounting for the 3mm gaps between the boards, and the 6mm margins in each board. Great success: Next I am going to finish the boards with 2-3 coats of Osmo.

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Part 12: Close enough, final entry

04-21-2021 06:08 AM by Antti | 0 comments »

Some minor work yet to be done, but you get the idea:

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