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Project by iminmyshop posted 09-12-2015 08:28 PM 2190 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the final piece of a bedroom set. The primary wood is cherry with spalted maple on the door and handles of wenge. The side uprights are maple. It’s finished with dewaxed shellac.

My original intent was to dovetail the drawers but dovetails on a curve proved to not be fun and beyond my expertise so I went with the dowels and like the way they look. They should be plenty strong.

The drawers and doors were curved with bent laminations and a vacuum press.

I like to mock up ideas first with Sketchup and sometimes with a Photoshop drawing before I commit to starting a project. I did both here. There were 20+ photoshop iterations and I’m glad for the effort. Proportions for the entire dresser I got by making cardboard cutouts (old refrigerator boxes from the nearest store were used). Proportions for the legs were gotten by making prototypes from cheap wood.

http://www.alansfinewoodworking.com/

-- http://www.alansfinewoodworking.com/





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prime8

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#1 posted 09-13-2015 09:39 AM

Very nice!

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#2 posted 09-13-2015 10:16 AM

quite an achievement ..I think the drawers look great

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#3 posted 09-13-2015 10:54 AM

Awesome design and build! The drawers turned out great.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#4 posted 09-13-2015 11:13 AM

That’s a beautiful dresser. very inspirational. Thanks for posting.

Michael

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#5 posted 09-13-2015 12:06 PM

Very nice. The wood selection is beautiful.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 09-13-2015 01:40 PM

Beautiful piece! Nice wood, nice proportions. I like the drawers the way you built them.

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#7 posted 09-13-2015 01:54 PM

A stunning piece. Curved dovetails beyond your expertise? ANYTHING curved is beyond my expertise. Great work.

-- Ron, Montana

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#8 posted 09-13-2015 02:33 PM

beautiful, great work

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Pointer

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#9 posted 09-13-2015 06:12 PM

Very nice looking piece. Really like the maple.

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

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#10 posted 09-13-2015 07:03 PM

Love the look of the spalted maple in the door. Looks great!

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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#11 posted 09-13-2015 11:19 PM

Great looking dresser—handy to have, and nice to look at!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#12 posted 10-01-2016 11:14 AM

Amazing cabinet. It will keep darkening and looking even better!

-- From Pittsburgh, PA

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