Simple dresser

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Project by Renaissance_Man posted 01-28-2019 12:40 AM 621 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sort of loosely inspired by campaign furniture. Carcase, web frames, and drawer fronts are 3/4 birch ply from Home Depot edged with 1/4 inch oak strips. Varathane oil based American Walnut stain, finished with oil based satin Varathane poly. The finish job isn’t the greatest, particularly on the right side. Our furnace started acting up, and my already cold garage got too cold for the poly to self-level like it should have. You can’t really see the brush marks, but you can sure feel ‘em.

When I got around to making the drawer pulls, I learned about wipe-on poly, so made some with the Varathane and used it on the pulls. Seems to have worked okay. Will definitely go that route going forward. The poly was a 50/50 mix of Varathane and mineral spirits. I think I did four coats with a light rub with some 0000 steel wool in between.

Am probably going to add some feet. As originally conceived, it wasn’t going to have any. Didn’t use a plan, just sort of made it up as I went.

The drawer slides are wood. Maple on maple with wax, and sort of my adaptation of NK slides. Drawers themselves are 1/2 inch birch ply, edged with maple (on the sides) and poplar front and back. The drawers were constructed with pocket screws as per Jay Bates’s video.

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#1 posted 01-28-2019 02:42 AM

A nice simple style.

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#2 posted 01-30-2019 07:24 PM

Great design

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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