Chest on chest oak dresser

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Project by dnick posted 02-25-2016 06:20 AM 1251 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to build this for as long as I can remember. I looked back at WS#125 which was close to what I envisioned. I was drawn to the case construction, and wanted to follow that. I wound up using some of the same details, chamfers & top & bottom frames & moldings. I just built for a specific space, & after many drawings found a drawer arrangement I liked. On the top chest each drawer row is 1” narrower than the one below it. Traditional, it’s not. No cathedral panels, full extension metal drawer slides & no dovetails ( I don’t enjoy making dovetails so I don’t ). The beading is mahogany. I used this combination on a frame & liked it. Used Cherrywood gel stain, my first time with gel stain. Should have practiced first. Plenty of screw-ups but I didn’t ruin it. Which reminds me, the larger the project, the more opportunities for mistakes. 3 coats of poly finish. This project took almost 2& half years to build. My wife of 44 years was injured & became ill during 13 months during this time, so I spent a lot more time helping her & doing the things she could no longer do. She passed away in April. I was unable to do much work for 7 months after but finally summoned the energy to finish it. I was building this for “us”, so this is a bittersweet success. The dresser really is not that orange, night & flash. The photo of the top is closer to the actual color. Used a jigsaw to rough cut the curved pieces on top & bottom. Have since bought a 14” bandsaw. I wish I had kept track of the time I spent designing & redesigning this before ever cutting wood. A long time.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#1 posted 02-25-2016 07:33 AM

I must have gotten something in my eye today.
I just noticed a tear running down my cheek.

Beautiful piece, beautiful story.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#2 posted 02-25-2016 09:21 AM

Nice work, great grain flow on the drawers.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 02-25-2016 03:08 PM

looks great

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#4 posted 02-25-2016 06:00 PM

Wonderful chest, beautiful project and great workmanship. There are a lot of memories in that piece of furniture. I am sorry about your loss. A little healing in this project also, you can be very proud of the energy you summoned to finish it! Compliments and thank you for sharing!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#5 posted 02-26-2016 01:54 AM

Beautiful dresser. I really like the stepped top and the mahogany beading. So sorry to hear of your loss. Thank you for sharing your story.

-- AJ

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