8 Drawer Cherry Dresser

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Project by MrFid posted 08-26-2016 04:17 PM 2323 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi folks,

I finished up this dresser recently for my son. It is 8 drawers of varying sizes, that I based loosely on a dresser that my wife bought. It is approximately 63 inches wide, and the top drawers are about 6 inches deep.
I had fun selected the boards since it was the first project I made with my jointer and planer. I was thus able to choose rough cut lumber and mill it to any size I want. The drawer fronts are maybe about 7/8” thick, and the poplar sides (my secondary wood) are a touch under half an inch thick. This makes for a nice light drawer which looks and feels substantial.
The finish selected was several coats of wipe on polyurethane, topped with a coat of paste wax. The drawer sides did not get paste wax, but were buffed with parrafin wax (cooking wax) to allow them to slide in easily.
Of course, as with any project, there were mistakes and lessons learned. The last picture shows one of them. One corner of the top drawer front was chipped during the work, and the chip was lost. I squared up the corner and glued on a new piece of cherry. It’s not a perfect match, but it’s close enough that from a distance you cannot tell.
One thing that I was careful about was keeping the boards selected for the drawer fronts continuous all the way across the dresser. I also had found some curly cherry and some regular cherry in the same bin at the lumberyard, so I selected the curly cherry for the drawer fronts and used the regular cherry for the top and sides.
Fitting the drawers to their casing was the most time consuming part of the project since I elected not to put drawer fronts onto boxes, which leaves the drawers flush with the casing. I like the look of that better than having an overhanging drawer front, and allows the inside of the drawers to be bigger.

Anyway, thanks for looking and reading. I would gladly accept comments, criticisms, or questions.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 08-26-2016 04:49 PM

comments: Most impressive! Love the the curly cherry. Good job on the patch!

criticisms: NONE!

question: How many hours do you have in this project?

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#2 posted 08-26-2016 05:51 PM

question: How many hours do you have in this project?

- Ron Aylor

Hi Ron. Thanks so much for your kind words! Regarding hours I have no idea. I worked on it pretty sporadically towards the end. If I had to take a rough guess maybe 150, but much of that was spent making mistakes and then fixing those mistakes.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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Ron Aylor

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#3 posted 08-26-2016 06:13 PM

Lot’s of work, my friend … take a bow! I hope this piece stays in the family for a long time to come …

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#4 posted 08-26-2016 07:32 PM

Bailey, this is very nice work. It’s a beautiful piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 08-26-2016 07:33 PM

Looks really good. I love the matched drawer fronts – very, very nice.

I bet nobody notices the mistakes but you!

-- Phil

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#6 posted 08-26-2016 10:20 PM

What a handsome piece! Love the look of the curly cherry. Poplar was a great choice for the insides.
It’s sure to be passed down thru generations! Nice job!

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#7 posted 08-26-2016 10:49 PM

That looks great! I really hope I can turn out stuff that looks that good eventually! Thanks for sharing!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#8 posted 08-27-2016 01:16 AM

Thank you folks. I appreciate you looking and reading.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#9 posted 08-27-2016 01:21 AM

Nice job!

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#10 posted 08-27-2016 03:22 AM

Really beautiful.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#11 posted 08-27-2016 09:19 AM

You knocked it out of the park. Great job

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#12 posted 08-27-2016 04:09 PM

Nice love the grain, should age beautifully.

-- Doug...

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#13 posted 08-27-2016 09:11 PM

I bet your son loves it, I know I would. A piece to be really proud of. Well done sir!

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#14 posted 08-28-2016 01:13 AM

Beautiful chest, great workmanship, love the cherry.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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