Melting Dresser

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Project by stinker posted 07-31-2010 08:47 PM 5243 views 7 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wish I were a photographer. Unfortunately,I’m not so you’ll have to excuse my poor pictures. I opened the bottom drawer in the first picture to show that they opened but I wasn’t at a good angle (my shop is about 8 feet wide). Before I started this project I probably made 100 different sketches and this is what I finally came up with. If your like me, you had little plastic army men when you were a kid. We used to heat them up with matches and reposition their arms or legs (there weren’t many varieties in $1.50 pack of soldiers). The trick was to heat them enough to move their parts but not get them so hot that they dripped hot green plastic or their body parts became dis-formed. One of the things I love about wood working is that there are no limits to what can be made. It’s completely “malleable” and mold-able. That’s what I tried to achieve here. That moment when you realize you heated the army man just a little too much and he starts to sag.

It’s all oak with general finish wipe on varnish. The drawer faces are slightly tented to show some contrast. The toughest part was maintaining the direction of the grain no matter what form the dresser took.The rails below each drawer are actually six pieces of oak that have been stacked to maintain the consistent grain. This project accounts for the most work I’ve ever done with a rasp and sandpaper in my life.

Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 07-31-2010 08:50 PM

Very intresting concept I like it….............................................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#2 posted 07-31-2010 09:12 PM

Thats a Fantastic piece of work !! Love it !!! Well done !!
photo’s are fine !! you are a craftsman of creativity !!
great job there Daniel .

-- Think,Dream,Inspire,Create ! your Shed is waiting for You !

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#3 posted 07-31-2010 09:19 PM

very uniuqe
thank´s for sharing and inspire to step out of the box


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#4 posted 07-31-2010 09:25 PM

I warned my pal Andy not to sit on the radiator saggy eh ? lol .
I love this piece design is great and execution of design through to finished product simply fantastic .Designers like you we need in this world very well done Kindest regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#5 posted 07-31-2010 09:33 PM

Great job, I really like what you have done!

-- Kory, Greensboro NC

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#6 posted 07-31-2010 09:34 PM

Very creative Dniel. I can see where the bottom drawer opens but it is hard to tell how the top one would slide out because of the design of melting wood over it. 1st. class…

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#7 posted 07-31-2010 09:59 PM

That is an incredible piece of work. I love it.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#8 posted 07-31-2010 11:46 PM

Unique and creative project. This is what woodworking should be. Very personal and freely executed.

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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#9 posted 08-01-2010 12:20 AM

that is one awesome piece of furniture. thx for sharing.

-- Dan, SSgt/USMC, Yuma, AZ

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#10 posted 08-01-2010 12:34 AM

That is really cool looking! I think the pics are fine.

Great Job and thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#11 posted 08-01-2010 02:55 AM

Great job! You done goood!

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#12 posted 08-01-2010 03:47 AM

Daniel, That’s sooooo creative. Very unique in design and really like how you thought it out and paid attention to every detail. Great work.

-- John @

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#13 posted 08-01-2010 03:53 AM

Very interesting piece Daniel, you really did leave us hanging on how the drawers open up especially that top one! Nice work.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#14 posted 08-01-2010 04:17 AM

What a fabulous piece of creativity and skill this piece showcases. Like I said the other day on another post—Some of us build, some create. Is this the only melting piece you’ve done? Most of my stuff is purpose driven—You have reminded me this should be fun also..



-- TulsaWoodSmith, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#15 posted 08-01-2010 04:57 AM

That’s fluidity alrighty! And darn well imaginative. But I’m with the rest – can’t figure out how to open the top drawer.


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