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Project by BlueRidgeDog posted 04-01-2019 09:44 AM 2197 views 9 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Details are in the blog related to the piece. https://www.lumberjocks.com/BlueRidgeDog/blog/series/22704

More details are in my personal blog in case you want even more images of some of the steps. http://www.theraven.us/2019/03/arts-and-crafts-dresser.html

Some highlights: Quarter Sawn White Oak, locally harvested 20 years ago and barn stored. Interior components are Ash and drawer sides are Maple. The Oak is well figured, but I was running out of clear wood by the time I got to this part of the Master Bedroom Suite, so a few of the parts have knots. I like them. Drawers are dovetailed and run without slides. The top is held on by Figure 8 washers. Finish is Osmo except for the interior of the drawers that are done with Shellac.

The design of the piece is modern in capacity, but the lines are from standard Arts and Crafts period. Specifically a double tapered leg and small drawer reveals as well as a small Drawer Support reveal. It is large…over 60” across.

The top received one more coat of finish after these images. I had some swirl marks that I had to scrape out.

It was not a technically challenging piece, though nine drawers were a bit much and I am certainly ready for a project that has less moving parts! The drawers did improve my dovetail game and drove me to fine tune a hybrid method of cutting them that sped up the process while improving accuracy.

All in all getting this one from the design table to the shop floor was a blast as I have been carrying this around in my head a good while and actually drew it in SketchUp some time ago. This goes with the night stands (a prior project) and a Queen bed (not posted here). It is probably my last Arts and Crafts piece for a while, though I have a design for a bookcase that fits in the style I need to build.





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#1 posted 04-01-2019 10:07 AM

Nice clean lines. Good looking dresser!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 04-01-2019 10:47 AM

Gorgeous!

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#3 posted 04-01-2019 11:20 AM

Great job!!! Wood selection, design, finish, everything looks great. Thanks for writing a blog about the build as well.

My wife wants one in cherry for the Master Bedroom.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 04-01-2019 12:37 PM

Beautifully done BRD! I agree 100% about the knots too :-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#5 posted 04-01-2019 01:11 PM

Love the QSWO figure… really, really nice looking piece.

Now I need to investigate Osmo. Did that pop the figure all by itself? Or did you do additional steps?

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#6 posted 04-01-2019 01:36 PM

Absolutely love it. Working on a tall 5 drawer in a similar style right now and have been motivated by watching your progress.

Excellent work!

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#7 posted 04-01-2019 01:38 PM


Now I need to investigate Osmo. Did that pop the figure all by itself? Or did you do additional steps?

- Mainiac Matt

I use one coat of Minwax Pecan stain (I know…sounds oddball but it works just right in my opinion for white oak), then the Osmo Hardwax Oil https://www.osmouk.com/sitechapter.cfm?chapter=82&page=247

Having done cabinets for years and years professionally and sprayed all manner of finishes, I love the simplicity, durability and results of Osmo. At this point it is the only finish I use. I can do it in my house-shop and not smell it for days. They even have a top coat product that is food safe. It is designed for floors so it is very durable. It really is a hybrid between oil and film and has an incredible hand-feel to it.

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#8 posted 04-01-2019 01:40 PM

Very nice build, congrats on completion! Nine sets of dovetails for the drawers is a lot!!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#9 posted 04-01-2019 01:44 PM



Absolutely love it. Working on a tall 5 drawer in a similar style right now and have been motivated by watching your progress.

- edapp

Thanks. The hardest part was starting….calling a design done and making that first cut. Love to see images of your tall one. I need to make a tall one for my kid, but will wait until she is settled as right now she is lucky to get the laundry done.

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#10 posted 04-01-2019 01:51 PM



Very nice build, congrats on completion! Nine sets of dovetails for the drawers is a lot!!

- Smitty_Cabinetshop

Thanks. I have never liked jig cut dovetails…but after the ninth drawer I was giving the Leigh jig some thought for the future. It may be time for this dog to learn a new trick. One thing that keeps me doing it by hand is I can cheat here and there. One drawer has a thinner back as there was a bow in it that took more to joint out. By hand it was nothing more than reseting the gauge, but with a jig it would have been a complete setup change. Who knows. I think I will get the jig if nothing else than to make kitchen work faster.

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#11 posted 04-01-2019 02:08 PM

nice work that really came out great.

-- 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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#12 posted 04-01-2019 02:30 PM

You absolutely crushed it!! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

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#13 posted 04-01-2019 03:08 PM

Sharp! Its always good to get a project out of one’s head and create it into reality!

-- Pete

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#14 posted 04-01-2019 03:37 PM

That is an absolutely beautiful piece. I absolutely love the furniture style blended with that type of Oak…and the finish is fantastic. Love that double taper corners..they set it off just right. I’d love to own this piece of furniture.

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker ---http://www.quackycalls.com

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#15 posted 04-01-2019 11:27 PM

Very pretty work! Love the lines of the legs and subtle curve to top rail on the ends.

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