6 Drawer Dresser With Hidden Compartment

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Project by ND2ELK posted 07-30-2010 02:37 PM 17950 views 13 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 6 drawer dresser I made for my granddaughter Haidyn Reese, born on June 30. There is a matching 4 in 1 crib that goes with it. The top, face frame, moldings, trim and drawer covers are made of solid cherry. The ends, bottom and center partition are made of 3/4” cherry plywood. The drawers are made of 1/2” baltic birch. The back and drawer bottoms are made of 1/4” masonite. If you go to my blog series you will find my shop drawings and cutting list for this dresser and the crib. I plan to put these in the bottom of the dresser so other generations can see them down the road. The dresser has 2 coats of Charles Neils Pre Color Conditioner, 2 coats of Zar Oil Based Wood Stain – Rosewood, 3 coats of General Arm R Seal Satin Urethane and 2 coats of paste wax applied with #0000 steel wool. You will notice that I have put a hidden compartment in one of the drawers. I thought my granddaughter might think it would be neat to have a secret compartment to hide things in some day. If you go to my blog series you can see in more detail how it works.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#1 posted 07-30-2010 02:40 PM

Once again very impressive work. I am sure you make your family proud

-- Measure once, then twice and cut only after you made sure your good. John Paul

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#2 posted 07-30-2010 02:53 PM

Outstanding work! Once again I got to add …” To me… This is what it is all about”

I am sure Hayden will cherish your work for ever. As will her children and theirs…. What a beautiful testament of love.

Things like this really tug on me here lately. I guess I can sum up how I feel with some of my work by quoting a conversation my bride and I had one afternoon not to long ago in the shop.

My Bride: “Ohhh now that keepsake box is coming out nice. That is going to look good on my dresser”
My reply: “It is also going to look nice sitting on my Great Grandchild’s dresser as well”

Well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#3 posted 07-30-2010 03:01 PM

Tom you really went at it a beautiful set what a great gift, the style, the finish all looks great.
What is great it is going to stay in the family, I am sure it won’t be for sale.

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#4 posted 07-30-2010 03:02 PM

Very nice thank you for sharing!

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#5 posted 07-30-2010 03:12 PM

very well done tom

sure to pleases hayden
for many years to come
and then her children too !

a family heirloom for sure .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 07-30-2010 03:26 PM

Very nice work, you did an excellent job

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#7 posted 07-30-2010 03:29 PM

There’s a lot of love that went into this bedroom set Tom. Hayden will love it for a long time to come, and hopefully pass it down to future generations. Thank you for sharing.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#8 posted 07-30-2010 03:35 PM

This is a WONDERFUL heirloom! Your granddaughter will cherish this, not to mention the rest of the family. Everyone should have such a great and talented Grand Dad!

By the way, I love how you’ve organized your workshop. It’s quite inspirational.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#9 posted 07-30-2010 03:37 PM

Nice work sir, i can only hope to get to this level of workmanship

-- Tom

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#10 posted 07-30-2010 03:38 PM

That is absolutely beautiful. That will be a cherished piece for your Grandaughter.

-- Joe

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#11 posted 07-30-2010 03:52 PM

Thats a beautiful dresser.

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#12 posted 07-30-2010 03:58 PM

beautiful piece, did you make the feet and posts?

-- Smitty!!!

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#13 posted 07-30-2010 04:03 PM

Wonderful family heirloom! This will be passed down and cherished for generations to come. Clean, elegant, timeless design and fantastic craftsmanship. Outstanding work Tom!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#14 posted 07-30-2010 04:03 PM

You are quite the furniture maker!! I have enjoyed following your blogs and photos of this project. You have done an excellent job!

Thanks for sharing,

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#15 posted 07-30-2010 04:11 PM

Awesome dresser to Tom !

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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