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Walnut dresser for our soon-to-arrive son or daughter! :)

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Project by DerekJ posted 07-11-2019 03:58 AM 398 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thank you to everyone who provided input on this dresser! I am SO happy with how it turned out!!! Our baby arrives in early August and we hope he or she will keep this dresser for years to come!

I have not attempted something this big or in-depth before, so it took me wayyyy more hours than it should have. I started with rough cut walnut, joined and planed everything and took several breaks to draw out my thoughts to ensure it all would come together. The frame, top and drawer fronts are solid walnut, with the exception of the veneered piece in the side panel. The drawer boxes are 1/2” birch plywood, with a locking rabbet joint and 1/4” ply bottoms. The drawers are on metal slides, and they fit so well I couldn’t believe it!

All joints are mortise and tenon, tongue and groove, or dados, with minimal brad nails to hold things while gluing (drawers, drawer slide mounting pieces).

I made tons of mistakes, but am proud to say I was able to hide, improvise or rework the piece to overcome them, and only wasted a minimal amount of material (off-cuts, no throw away oopsies!)

I also learned a lot! I made an angle jig for the band saw to cut my legs and learned to use a hand plane to fix a slide mistake in my frame. I learned the importance of squaring up a cabinet during the glue-up and came up with some pretty nifty tricks for mounting drawer slides!

Overall, I am super happy with this project! Thanks again to everyone for your feedback and support! I really appreciate this forum!

P.S. I do plan to install 7 inch wide brass drawer pulls when the finish cures.

-- Derek ~ Omaha, NE





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SMP

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#1 posted 07-11-2019 06:13 AM

Looks beautiful! One suggestion i would make is to make an add on top with small “sides” so you can use it double duty as a changing table as well, and then when baby outgrows that part you just remove it.

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#2 posted 07-11-2019 12:34 PM



Looks beautiful! One suggestion i would make is to make an add on top with small “sides” so you can use it double duty as a changing table as well, and then when baby outgrows that part you just remove it.

- SMP

She ordered some aftermarket doohickey for just that purpose!

-- Derek ~ Omaha, NE

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DerekJ

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#3 posted 07-11-2019 12:34 PM



Looks beautiful! One suggestion i would make is to make an add on top with small “sides” so you can use it double duty as a changing table as well, and then when baby outgrows that part you just remove it.

- SMP

She ordered some aftermarket doohickey for just that purpose!

-- Derek ~ Omaha, NE

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PPK

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#4 posted 07-11-2019 12:38 PM

Wow! Striking dresser. Great job and impressive for your first “big” project. My first “big” project weas a dresser too, and it didn’t look half as nice as yours!

-- Pete

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