Oak / Poplar Dresser

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Project by Ronl posted 12-10-2006 02:34 AM 3595 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

SWMBO (she which must be obeyed) requested a dresser with large drawers. So, with the help of my brother (owns a landscapeing company) providing me an oak and poplar tree. We had another neighbor (which convieniantly owns a backyard lumber mill) slice them into planks for me. After drying for a few month outside and then a few more in my basement, I came up with a design that LOML put her stamp of approval on. Oak raised panel sides, face frame and drawer fronts. using poplar web frames and poplar drawer boxes. Dimensions 48Wide x 26Deep x 63Tall. Five drawers to be 36W by 24 deep with a depth of 10. Drawers to be dove-tailed and set flush with face frame. Hidden ball-bearing slides to be used for each drawer. Also decorative beading on each front face frame style.
I also inset a decorative applicai on each face frame. I wish I could say I carved them myself, but that would have taken as long as building the dresser. I must say working with air dried lumber is certainly not like working with what you buy at your local distributor (more waste than what you actually use) . Finish used is minwax special walnut stain, sealed with a clear shellac and then gloss waterlox. The pictures do not show it but the botton is banded with a 3 1/2 inch beaded molding and the whole dresser sits on 4 beaded bun legs. If I knew how to get more pictures out here I could show the dove-tails and the bottom.

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#1 posted 12-10-2006 06:56 AM

Classy project! So what does LOML mean?

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#2 posted 12-10-2006 07:24 AM

Beautiful , & solid looking piece. I bet that thing weighs a ton with all that oak. Your LOYL must really love you for it.

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

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#3 posted 12-10-2006 04:34 PM

LOML means Love of My Life ….
And yes … it waighs a ton .. even with the darawers out .. 2 of us can just lift it.
I made the drawers .. lumberjock style … went to buy 3/8 for the bottoms but … whats this .. 3/4 on sale cheaper than even the 1/4 … ok …so now we have 3/4 bottoms … you could store anvils in there … YOu absolutly dont want to even try moving it with the drawers in

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#4 posted 12-10-2006 05:27 PM

looks great Ron… and reminds me that I’ve got an Oak dresser of my own to finish for my youngest daughter (of 3).

And your not kidding with the weight of the Oak… that stuff does weigh a TON!

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#5 posted 12-11-2006 01:27 AM

That’s real appealing.

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#6 posted 12-11-2006 03:23 AM

Surprised at the cost disparity between 1/4, 3/8 and 3/4. Clothes, Anvils… at least she’ll have plenty of options for storage!
Looks great, and sure to last several lifetimes.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 12-11-2006 04:37 AM

Thanks, this was one project that turned out without to many “I wish I had done this differently” I am actually pretty happy with it. I really like the ball-bearing slides .. the drawers have absolutly no slop (side to side) and push in and out with your fingertip.

I dont usually like to buy wood at home depot .. but I had seen some 1/4 poplar in thier rack the last visit.. and my normal hardwood place didnt have any in stock … and I really didnt feel like glueing it up … Soooo off to HD I went. 1/4 was about 28.00 3/8 was 32.00 no 1/2 but they had a stack of 3/4 up front for 26.00 .. I dont klnow why, as it was good quality… I bought several sheets … so I would have it on hand for future projects. Its all still nice and flat .. no warping.

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#8 posted 01-06-2007 01:10 AM


I really like the raised panel sides. The detail work on the from is very nice.

-- Rick, Southern California

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#9 posted 04-09-2007 04:15 PM

Hey Ronl, If you are ever in need of hardwood lumber, I am just about 10 miles from you. I live in Waxhaw NC. I can fix you up with some real pretty red oak or some black walnut. Kinda limited on the walnut though so ya better hurry for that. Also if you have your own logs I can mill them for you as well.
red oak

-- Thanks The WoodButcher

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