Pine dresser

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Project by canuckMKD posted 05-19-2015 07:47 PM 1101 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a fun time building this dresser, its the first time I’ve done overlay drawers. After reading several books on drawer construction, I think i finally have the results I am looking for with alot less screw ups than before. I made the bottom panels of the drawers sit inside a dado cut along the bottom of the sides. Never done that before. Worked like a charm, alot better than just gluing and screwing them directly along the underside and making a mess. Being that I am a beginner, I like using regular framing lumber, and pine, so the legs, and rails are spruce, the drawer fronts are pine, the drawer boxes are birch as well as the side panels, first time I used birch. This was a giant learning experience and I also learned something about finishing pine (finish it with a light colour!)

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#1 posted 05-19-2015 11:16 PM

I too am a beginner, but I like the looks of this dresser. I too tend to use mostly pine and other soft woods. I figure until I get better at not making mistakes, there is no reason the learn on expensive wood.

-- Joe - I am not entirely worthless, I can always serve as a bad example.

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#2 posted 05-20-2015 03:10 AM

Those are my thoughts exactly. There are plenty of DIY websites that feature mostly pine/spruce/fir pieces. And they look just as good as the hardwoods if you know how to finish them, I think the finishing aspect is the most difficult part of using softwoods, your limited as to the colours you can choose. I use amber shellac on pine because it’s so user friendly.

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#3 posted 05-20-2015 07:58 PM

Simple design and warm color for finish led to this nice piece of furniture,well done!

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,you must polish it to shine.....

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#4 posted 05-21-2015 12:56 AM

I think it looks fantastic! Nicely done.

-- -- I don't learn anything if you only give praise.... but that's nice too :)

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#5 posted 05-22-2015 02:28 PM

Gracias…. comments like these keep me motivated to continue doing this hobby…..

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#6 posted 05-22-2015 03:18 PM

Nice build, Canuck. And a useful piece, to boot.

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