Pair of Cherry Dressers

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Project by Glen Peterson posted 02-15-2010 07:06 PM 2795 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The dressers are based on a dresser designed and made by Mark Edmundson featured in Bill Hylton’s Chest of Drawers: Outstanding Projects from America’s Best Craftsman, Taunton Press, 2002. Each of the dressers is 51” x 18.5” by 38” tall. The tops are cherry plywood with 3/16” cherry veneer over the plywood and banded with solid cherry. (I had actually planned on using the cherry plywood for the top, but messed it up and decided to buy and apply the cherry veneer.) The veneer has a spectular grain pattern. It might be best described as “Tiger Cherry.” The rest of the dresser is made of solid cherry with the exception of the side panel which are cherry plywood and the drawer boxes which are poplar. The drawers feature Blumotion undermount slides. I know it isn’t traditional, and it makes the dressers very heavy, but I wanted to full extension drawers. The exteriors are finished with several coats of Waterlox Original. The drawer boxes are finished with shellac. I made them for my daughter as part of a bedroom set. I finished the platform bed last year. Next up is a desk. I’m actually glad that I made a big mistake on the original tops. This was my first efforts with veneer and I think the tops came out great. I got the veneer from Berkshire Veneer, in Great Barrington, MA. Their URL is The sheets of veneer were about 21” wide and perhaps 8’ long when I got them, more than big enough to cover the tops without seams.

-- Glen

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#1 posted 02-15-2010 07:26 PM

Nice build, Veneer looks good.

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#2 posted 02-15-2010 07:56 PM

Beautiful dressers

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#3 posted 02-15-2010 08:55 PM

They look great, the tops are awesome.

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#4 posted 02-15-2010 11:15 PM

These came out great, how did you look working with the veneer? I had some given to me in return for some work and am unfamiliar with the process. Regardless, beautiful pieces!

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#5 posted 02-16-2010 12:13 AM

very very cool.

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#6 posted 02-16-2010 12:26 AM

Thanks for the kind comments. Working with veneer was much easier than I had expected. I did buy a veneer bag and press and they aren’t cheap. In the case of the dresser tops I simply used yellow glue. I rolled a thin coat on the veneer and the substrate. I veneered both sides of the substrate. I used masking tape to hold the veneer in place while in the vacuum bag. Then I used a utility knife to cut the veneer to just a bit bigger than the subsrate. I then used a very sharp block plane to trip the veneer to the size of the substrate. Then I used the table saw to cut the top to final size. In this case I used a newly sharpened blade and a zero clearance throat plate to reduce tearout. Because this veneer is thicker than normal (3/16) I could scrape and sand it as I would with solid material. My daughter is so excited that she’s cleaning her room without being told so I can move the dressers in tomorrow.

-- Glen

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#7 posted 02-16-2010 12:39 AM

Beautiful wood. Very attractive and well done.

If I made one of these for my house I could save a lot of time and money by making the top out of 3/4” CDX plywood. Then, 12 hours after it was put in use, it would be covered with lace doilies, perfumes, lotions, teddy bears, nick-nack boxes, cosmetics, scrap booking supplies, recipes, etc, etc. And, that would be the last time the top ever saw the light of day or anyone ever saw the top.

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#8 posted 02-16-2010 12:43 AM

Nice work!

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#9 posted 03-02-2010 01:54 AM

Glen, nice job on the dressers. I am just getting into veneering, looking at berkshireveneering as well as several other suppliers. Thanks for this information, and from
I really don’t mind the Bluemotion undermount slides, they do have better “motion”, and full extention is always good.

Let us know how your daughter likes them!

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#10 posted 05-02-2010 06:36 AM

Wonderful looking! A great looking pair.

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#11 posted 07-09-2010 06:24 PM

Love that ‘tiger’ cherry…

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#12 posted 07-28-2011 10:32 PM

Nice job! Nothing quite as rewarding as making something for your daughters. Got two myself!

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