Double Dresser

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Project by Tony posted 05-15-2007 05:36 PM 2729 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was one of my first projects after opening my new workshop. It is a Norm Abraham design, built from the Plan. I like a lot of Norms Projects, they have good clean lines, which are not too complicated to make. My customers like this, as it keeps there costs down.

The Timber is Swedish Pine, which is so clear, that I could not find any knot holes in the entire stock. The secondary wood is Fir (Christmas Trees – there is a lot of them here) and some minor material changes from the original drawing. The knobs are Norwegian Maple, which are handmade in the shop.

The Chest was sanded to 320 grit, then a hard wax floor polish was applied – two coats, which was rubbed out with 0000 steel wool. The final protection is to coats of Fiddes Supreme wax.

The Chest is in daily use at my home – this one is not for sale!

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#1 posted 05-15-2007 06:20 PM

Very nice! It does have clean lines. I havn’t built a NYW project, but have considered it. This looks like a great project. Thanks for sharing.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 05-15-2007 06:54 PM

what a beautiful piece!! And the drawers look like they are really sturdy and will slide well.
Nicely done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 05-15-2007 09:25 PM

Welcome to LJ’s, Tony.

I like your chest of drawers. The Swedish Pine is simply beautiful. The result is very much what I would expect of a Scandinavian woodworker. I look forward to more of your work.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#4 posted 05-15-2007 09:56 PM

Ah, but there is a twist – I am not a Scandinavian woodworker I am a Celtic (I hail from Wales) woodworker who is living in Finland.

Finland is not truly a Scandinavian country (Sweden, Denmark and Norway, who’s languages are all Germanic), but rather a Nordic country, which includes Scandinavia, Iceland and the Faeroes

Sorry – Did not mean for this to become a geography lesson, I appreciated the praise!

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#5 posted 05-16-2007 03:36 AM

It’s a beautiful dresser and your turned knobs came out fantastic.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 05-16-2007 03:44 AM

I like that alot. The drawers don’t look have distracting lines (misfit) that you see so often. The drawer front wood grain is stronger than I would use but that is a matter of taste. Nice job.

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#7 posted 05-16-2007 06:06 AM

Tony where ever you’re living this week this is a great piece of furniture. Keep up the wonderful woodworking art. Thank you for sharing with all of us here.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#8 posted 05-16-2007 06:32 AM

Nice job Tony. As a fan of Norm I am always thinking of doing one of his projects – you actually did one of the projects and use it on a daily basis. That is something for which you can be proud. Thanks for posting.

-- John

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#9 posted 05-16-2007 07:09 AM

With regard to the drawer thickness, I only followed the recipe. But I agree with you – For a false font it does seem a little too thick. The ply wood is ½”, the Pine front is ¾” and the beading trim is 7/8” so a total thickness of 1 3/8”.
I think the next time; I will make the drawers from pine as well and just have a standard dove tailed front. The binding of the draws due to moisture changes will add character!

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#10 posted 05-30-2007 05:14 PM

A very nice piece, I’ve bought some of that Swedish pine at home depot, only I bought no. 2. I liked the small knots ,adding character. It’s nice wood to work with.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#11 posted 05-30-2007 05:20 PM

It is a lovely wood to work with. The texture in fantastic. The colour has deepend somewhat in the last few months, with the sun and become a deeper honey colour.

I just have to match the top again, there are white spots (areas) under the candles and clock – life is such a challenge

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#12 posted 01-18-2008 04:08 AM

Beautiful, Tony. I love that you hand-made the knobs.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#13 posted 01-18-2008 11:16 AM

Glad this got pulled from the archives. I wasn’t here when it first came around. Nice dresser.

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