Changing table/dresser for my son

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Project by Julian posted 01-22-2010 09:39 PM 2238 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first piece of furniture I have built for my soon to be born son. I decided to try a bit different style for his bedroom set than I did for my daughters set. I borrowed from the look of some of Sam Maloof’s furniture in his house. I used all locally harvested air dried walnut, cherry, and maple for the dresser. The drawer fronts are cherry and the rest of the drawers are pine, and the majority of the carcass is black walnut. The dovetails are all hand cut. All the sides, top, and dust panels are joined with sliding dovetails that should ensure that this piece will outlast whoever uses it. For the finish I chose my favorite, BLO with a few coats of amber shellac then waxed with my own beeswax finish. I really had fun designing this and can’t wait to get started on the next project for my son(Julian the fifth!).

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#1 posted 01-22-2010 11:34 PM

Wow! really looks great, nice job on the dovetails.

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#2 posted 01-23-2010 03:51 AM

That’s a great piece with a good use of contrasting wood. I really like those big tails on the drawers.

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#3 posted 01-23-2010 05:21 AM

Very nice dresser. I like the use of variety of wood species with different colour & grain.

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#4 posted 01-23-2010 12:36 PM

Very nice and colorful.

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#5 posted 01-23-2010 04:43 PM

I am really enjoying the freedom to experiment with the wood species for contrast. This by far has been my favorite combination of species. It’s a bit whimsical yet modern. Now to design the rest of the pieces for the bedroom. Thank you for the kind words.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#6 posted 01-23-2010 05:22 PM


Great choice of woods and colors in your design. My wife said she wants one just like it. THis is a piece that stands great on its own. THere is great warmth to it. How is the top attached?


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#7 posted 01-23-2010 05:52 PM

I used sliding dovetails for all the carcass joinery so the only metal used in this entire piece is the screws that hold the plywood back panel on and the drawer pulls.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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