Craftsman Dresser - Cronk's Wedding Gift for his Granson

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Project by schroeder posted 06-12-2009 07:58 PM 4832 views 14 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cronk made this dresser for his grandson’s wedding gift. I’m just posting it for him. He based the design on a Woodsmith plan. He used Black Walnut that he has been cutting and bogarting for 25+ years. The top is a piece of book-matched crotch. The drawers are from maple that we saved from the pulp mill and had milled and let air-dry. He lined the drawers with Tennessee Red Cedar that his brother milled for him in Oklahoma. He made the handles and finished them with a semi-gloss, the rest is a satin – really draws the eye to the center of the piece.
The thing has a lot of heritage and meaning. The certificate on the back was just for fun and was made by our third partner in the shop – our “Shop Counsel”. He finished it the day before the wedding. Finish is satin – 2 coats sealer, 3 coats poly satin and a final of wax.
He did a stellar job! – not bad for for an old fart!


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#1 posted 06-12-2009 08:11 PM

Well, Cronk sure did make a beautiful dresser. Thanks for posting it for him. Very nice project.

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#2 posted 06-12-2009 08:15 PM


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#3 posted 06-12-2009 08:40 PM

aawwwssoomme! That is great. They will be very happy with that. I also like the personal touch on the back.

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#5 posted 06-12-2009 08:57 PM

That is exquisite! The classic color contrast, the lines and figure… simply beautiful!

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#6 posted 06-12-2009 09:00 PM

I really enjoy the through box joints in the drawers. What a beautiful piece that should be in the family for generations.

-- - In the end, everything will be okay. If it isn't okay, it isn't the end yet.

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#7 posted 06-12-2009 10:01 PM

Wow! What a piece of woodworking. I love everything about it… including the certificate.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 06-13-2009 12:27 AM

Fantastic job bookmatching the top, and the contrasting woods are truly striking. Beautiful piece!

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#9 posted 06-13-2009 12:29 AM

That is Gorgeous. Great craftsmanship.

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#10 posted 06-13-2009 01:09 AM

Very cool! Kills me that that maple was on the way to being pulpwood. Great Plains woodworkers have a fit to get bigleaf. I especially like the exposed box joints and the certificate. Like the MasterCard commercials: priceless.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#11 posted 06-13-2009 03:02 AM

Oh my!!!!!!!!!! I’m drooling over this wood, especially that walnut, beautiful dresser.

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#12 posted 06-13-2009 03:02 AM

I like everything about this piece! Well, all except the part where I’m not his grandson. Very nice piece!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#13 posted 06-13-2009 06:09 AM

Beautiful Cronlk. Nice job on using the maple and walnut.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#14 posted 06-13-2009 06:38 AM

top notch work most beautiful

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#15 posted 06-13-2009 12:31 PM

looks great….very well done….

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