7 Drawer Maple and Cherry Dresser

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Project by MattD posted 08-12-2007 05:15 PM 12631 views 57 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my latest project that I completed last week for my 3yr old daughter. It took me about 6 months, probably 120 hours, and started out mostly as rough lumber except for the top boards which I bought S2S.

The external woods are black cherry and a few variations of maple. The drawer interior is poplar with cedar bottoms. It was finished with BLO, blonde shellac and wax.

I learned a lot about using hand tools on this. I did nearly all of the joinery and final shaping by hand with tools like spokeshaves, hand saws, mortise and bench chisels, planes and card scrapers.

For some reason, the idea of doing an inlay on the inside drawer stuck with me. I also figured that if it didn’t come out well, at least it wouldn’t be highly visiible, but I ended up happy with it. I had no idea how I was going to do this until I saw a David Marks episode where he did inlay into solid wood.

Any sort of comments or helpful criticism would be appreciated. One thing I’m not sure of is the hardware. I’m happy with it, but I’m keeping an eye out for alternatives.

-- Matt - Syracuse, NY

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#1 posted 08-12-2007 05:21 PM

excellent work !! crisp, clean lines

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 08-12-2007 05:23 PM

subtil and very refined. I especially like the shape on the corner posts.The inlay came out nice as well.
Good work

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 08-12-2007 05:27 PM

beautiful!, I love the inlay! very Crafty! (I’ll be stealing that idea!) – thanks for sharing your work.

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#4 posted 08-12-2007 07:47 PM

Nice job! I have never thought of using inlay on drawer sides!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 08-12-2007 09:00 PM

Great piece Matt! I like how you used the same boards across the front, give it a real pro look. The inlay looks great as well.

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#6 posted 08-12-2007 10:43 PM

Real impressive. She’s a lucky girl—furniture for life.

-- Gary, Florida

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#7 posted 08-13-2007 02:20 AM

This is a gorgeous piece, you should be very proud.

-- Gail, White Wood Kitchens

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#8 posted 08-13-2007 03:37 AM

Great job! The inlay on the sides of the drawer is a great idea. I also like the hardware. Beautiful piece of furniture.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, [email protected]

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#9 posted 08-13-2007 04:34 AM

Nice looking dresser, Matt. I really like the inlay in the sides of the drawers. Many people look at the drawers to check for dovetails. What do you think they’ll say when they see both dovetails and an inlay. I think they’ll say “WOW”!!! Kudos to you.

-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#10 posted 08-13-2007 05:55 AM

Gorgeous piece…lucky little girl. I wish I had started when my kids were little.

The inlays are a great surprise, nicely done on all counts. The subtle curve on the corners is a nice touch.

-- Bob

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#11 posted 08-13-2007 06:38 AM

Excellent work Matt. Your attention in detail realy shines in the drawer faces and joinery. I love contrast and your choice of woods works very well.

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.

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#12 posted 08-13-2007 08:24 AM

Very nice piece of furniture. Well done.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#13 posted 08-13-2007 11:04 AM

Excellent work, thanks for sharing.

-- Atelierwoodworks Vaud Switzerland

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#14 posted 08-13-2007 11:13 AM

Love the design – and then the wood just accentuates the beauty. The inlay – brilliant and well done.


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#15 posted 08-13-2007 01:05 PM

Great work but I know what you mean about the hardware. For me it detracts from the overall beauty of the piece (which really dose look great). I think it is more personal preference but it was what caught my eye. The inlay in the side? What a great idea.

“top boards which I bought S2S.” What is S2S?

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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