Cherry Dresser

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Project by gashley posted 06-12-2014 01:10 PM 1470 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cherry dresser I made for my son’s room after he took all the old (and I mean OLD) furniture off to college with him. It’s built to match the bed frame I made a few years ago. The star pattern is also on the headboard of the frame and is the central element in a large carpenter’s square design that’s the focal point of the headboard (guess I need to take pictures of it too sometime!).

This was basically a veneering exercise. All the drawer faces, sides and top are curly cherry veneers, vacuum pressed onto either MDF panels (sides) or baltic birch panels (drawer fronts and top). The baltic birch was used for panels that would be getting edged with solid cherry. MDF for side panels that were part of frame and panel construction. The star patterns are padauk and maple, hand cut and let in to the veneer drawer front before pressing.

Sides and top were book matched pieces of cherry veneer. The drawer fronts were from sequential slices of the same flitch of veneer. I enjoy working with veneers for large case type pieces because of the incredible variety and quality of figured woods you can find.

Spray finished with General Finishes PolyAcrylic (semi-gloss) after an initial hand wiped on coat of Seal a Cell. That provides a little of the “coloring” from a traditional lacquer or oil finish and seals the wood so the grain doesn’t raise when the water based spray finish goes on. I spray in my basement so I don’t use anything with volatile organics to it. Hand rubbed out with steel wool and wax. I generally prefer a more satin finish to glossy pieces, but I took care with the top to keep the semi gloss on it – not sure how long that will last once my son gets home from college though.

-- Gary in OP

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#1 posted 06-12-2014 01:23 PM

Really nice. Cherry is such a pretty wood and nice to work with too. Very clean lines. I like it.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#2 posted 06-12-2014 01:36 PM

What a BEAUTY! Your son should cherish this one for a lifetime. If he’s too rough on furniture, then get him a cardboard box to use instead! I suspect he’ll finally see that his Dad’s work should be taken care of and not abuse this as the old furniture.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 09-16-2018 04:38 AM

Wow I sure love this! The inlay in the top 2 drawers is a great feature.

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