Arts and Crafts Dresser #1: Design and Getting Started

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Blog entry by BlueRidgeDog posted 01-07-2019 03:31 PM 941 reads 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am working on an entire bedroom suite for ME (finally time).

The finished group:

I have finished the bed and the night stands. The bed is a platform bed that is the height I am accustomed to and works for me and my memory foam mattress.

I use a large dresser, being a folder vs a hanger so to speak. The one I am going to make is 65” wide, 19” deep and about 39” high. The size is a bit outside traditional for Arts and Crafts, but I have adjusted the flow of the design blend the traditional details with the modern size.

When I make stuff I keep the dimensions approximate as milling may product some advantages/challenges that can be avoided by being flexible.

I finally got started this weekend and milled up the leg stock and the panel stock. I don’t have 8/4 white oak, so I took parts out of the same 4/4 board and glued them up for 2” leg stock.

The legs were then glued up and the new part was jointed again. I was shooting for 2” but ended up at 1 7/8”.

The stiles and the rails were cut from a board with good figure.

After milling, I tested the layout. Looks wide now as there is 2” of tenons yet to cut.

Next milling the stiles and rails for tenons and mortises and a mortise on the legs to hold the panel as well as a mortise for the lower arched rail on the face, then tapering the legs and making the center panel.

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#1 posted 01-07-2019 06:20 PM

Great start, keep us informed of your progress, looks like it could be a challenging build

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 01-18-2019 01:37 PM

Very cool! My Arts & Crafts bedroom set in one of the things I’m most proud of. Am looking forward to following your progress. Nice design.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#3 posted 02-11-2019 01:12 PM

Very glad you are posting this! Working on a tall dresser now, wide one will be next. Same style great looking work!

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