Low Dresser

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Project by Jarrhead posted 04-09-2016 05:29 PM 2203 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I found out my daughter was expecting, I offered to make her something for the baby. She asked me to build her a dresser for the baby’s room. She wanted one that would be low enough to allow using the top for a changing table. It just so happened that Fine Woodworking had a recent project article that fit the bill perfectly. See FWW #248.

I used different woods species than the author based on what was available to me locally. I used white oak for the case work, maple for the drawer sides and backs, and mahogany (sapele) for the drawer fronts. Finished with natural color stain, and polyurethane. The drawers were finished with Danish oil with polyurethane on the drawer fronts only. Lots of mortise and tenon joinery in this plan. My first foray into that kind of joinery with my new Powermatic mortising machine. A fun build that has broadened my skills.

-- trn2wud

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#1 posted 04-09-2016 07:11 PM

great looking piece.

nice work.

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 04-09-2016 11:09 PM

Very nice! A family Heirloom no doubt. congratulations on a beautiful build.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#3 posted 04-09-2016 11:48 PM

Real good looking piece of furniture.

-- Gary, Florida

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#5 posted 04-10-2016 02:09 AM

I like the wood combination and proportions. Very nice. Great job!

-- AJ

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#6 posted 04-10-2016 02:14 AM

Nice chest – have you started the toy box yet ?

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#7 posted 04-10-2016 09:10 AM

Beautiful simple design. I like contrasting colours.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 04-10-2016 01:07 PM

beautiful work

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#9 posted 04-10-2016 05:14 PM

Sweet and simple. I really like and you did an awesome job.

-- Kirk H. --

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#10 posted 04-11-2016 12:25 AM

I am building a similar one out of ash. I hope my looks as good as yours. Nicely done

-- You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you just might find, you'll get what you need

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#11 posted 04-11-2016 12:47 AM

Really nice work.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#12 posted 04-11-2016 04:32 AM

Great job. I love the way the grain of the mahogany flows from drawer to drawer. Beautiful.

-- Doc "Not all who wander are lost." --J. R.R. Tolkien

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