My Most Memorable Project

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Project by cowboyup3371 posted 11-15-2017 05:33 PM 1213 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been working with wood off and on since I was in 7th grade back in the mid-80s but don’t have very many projects I am comfortable bragging about. However, this is one of the best ones I have done both in terms of design and usage.

My youngest step-son has Spina Bifida, is paralyzed from the waist down, and must scoot around the house when not in his wheelchair. Although he turns 13 next week, he is really no taller than a young toddler so every type of furniture we can buy from a store isn’t conducive to his usage. Consequently, I decided to build a dresser/closet combo that allows him to take care of himself a couple of years back.

The carcass is built out of curly red oak while the drawers are built from Baltic birch using finger joints – I’m not comfortable with dovetails yet. All drawers use the automatic closure style of slides that I’ll admit don’t work as well as I would like for him. The closet rod is attached using two blocks of wood screwed into the walls for downward support.

It has been very useful for him both in terms of independence and a nicer place to keep his clothes instead of the Rubbermaid bins we have been using over the years.

-- Cowboy Up or Quit - If you are going to quit than get out of my way

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#1 posted 11-15-2017 05:48 PM

Awesome, you should be proud

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-15-2017 07:21 PM

nice work,thats the beauty of being a woodworker we can make what we need the way we need sure its a great feeling being able to give your son something that fits his needs.congrats and welcome to lumber jocks.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 11-15-2017 09:41 PM

Great work!

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#4 posted 11-15-2017 11:06 PM

Great job, I’m sure he’s proud of your work, most importantly.

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#5 posted 11-15-2017 11:08 PM

Thank you all. I do have to make one correction to the materials I used as I wasn’t thinking correctly last night. The drawers themselves are made out of Poplar with Baltic Birch plywood bottoms. Sorry about that.

-- Cowboy Up or Quit - If you are going to quit than get out of my way

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#6 posted 11-16-2017 12:13 AM

Very thoughtful project. Lovely work.

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#7 posted 11-16-2017 02:30 AM

This looks great. Wonderful to build this customized dresser your son.

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#8 posted 11-16-2017 02:24 PM

You did a beautiful job on this piece. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 01-23-2019 08:43 PM

Very thoughtful project.Good job!

-- Ostap,UKRAINE I know that I know nothing .SOCRATES

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