Six Drawer Dresser - Bedroom Set Piece 4

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Project by bbasiaga posted 05-29-2017 07:01 PM 1827 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, its finally done! The last piece of my bedroom set. This is a six drawer dresser. Its about 65” wide, and 34” tall, with a depth of about 18”. The case construction is birch plywood for the top and bottom, maple ply for the sides and center support, and then more birch plywood for the webs that are between each drawer. Those may have been overkill since I went with drawer slides, but at the time I drew up the case I wasn’t sure if I was gong to do traditional drawers or not.

The case is wrapped in hard maple. The top is solid hard maple as well. The drawer fronts are hard maple faced, with maple ply bodies.

Hardware is from Lee Valley’s catalog. I could look up the number if anyone wants. The drawer slides are Blum undermounts, without the soft close feature.

The finish is as per the others in the set: Sealcoat shellac under GF High Performance water based top coat. I did 3 coats of each for this one. The exception is the drawer boxes, which have only the shallac. I wanted the extra protection on the top, hardwood frame and drawer fronts, but figured shellac would hold up to clothing just fine.

This is the single largest thing I have built thus far. It took a lot of weekends and evenings, but it is done. And it is a beast. I am not looking forward to hauling it up the stairs. It should last a lifetime though.

There were a couple of big firsts for me on this project.

-First breadboard ends. I did these with dominoes and oak pins. Its funny that even though it is only a day or so old, I can already see them working. I planed them flush with the main top, and now the top has expanded probably 1/64-1/32” as the temp and humidity has increased here in the midwest. Expansion planning at its finest!

-First time making my own trim. You can see in the second photo some quarter round adding some dimension to the sides. I made this from some scrap cut to size and rounded over on the router table. Came out really well.

-First time using NO SANDPAPER! Yes, that’s right. No sandpaper used on the wood itself. I planed everything. My planing job wasn’t perfect on the top (a few minor plane tracks if you really look or feel for them, but the rest is glass smooth. I got most of the way there on my last project (the night stands), but got all the way there this time. Much more satisfying, and not really any more work. I did, of course, have to sand between coats of finish. But I don’t think there is anything you can do about that.

Set complete. I’m pretty happy. I think I’ll work on some smaller projects for a while. This is nice, but something where gratification comes a little sooner will be nice.

Thanks for looking.


-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#1 posted 05-29-2017 07:08 PM

Looks very well made, thank you for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 05-30-2017 10:57 AM

Wow – no sandpaper. That’s impressive. And so is the dresser – nice work!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#4 posted 05-30-2017 02:58 PM

This dresser turned out nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 06-01-2017 02:03 PM

That is a super job. Congrats!

On your breadboard ends, how much did you oversize the holes in the tongues that the dowels pass through? Very cool that you can see it working already.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#6 posted 06-01-2017 02:23 PM

Beautiful work.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 06-01-2017 03:55 PM

Thanks everyone.

BigMig, I used a quarter inch dowel and made the elongated hole in the tenon about twice that. I think if you do the math on a top this deep the expansion would be measured in 32nds, so I believe I have plenty of room


-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#8 posted 06-01-2017 03:57 PM

Yeah, that is clean looking. Very nice build.

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