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Cherry Dresser (Finally made something for me)

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Project by MSG posted 08-19-2019 10:53 PM 872 views 4 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project that I made something for me. I know, it is selfish, but I really needed a dresser! I made it with the help of WWGOA’s George Vondriska and his online class. The carcass is made from 3/4 cherry plywood. A solid cherry fraceframe was made using pocket screws and glued to the carcass. The top is laminated cherry. I made the feet from laminated cherry blocks, cut at 30 degrees to match the 30 degree trim that transitions the top to the carcass. I used 1/2 baltic birch for the draw boxes with 1/4 baltic birch bottoms and attached solid cherry draw fronts. It was my first attempt at inset drawers. I finished it with Target Coatings Emtech 6000 satin production lacquer. I had used this finish on my miter station and cabinets and thought I liked it. I am sorry I used it for this project. I love cherry wood and have made a number of projects with it. I have always used Arm R Seal on cherry and it gives it such a warm golden look. I chose the lacquer because it dries fast and is waterbased. I sprayed it. If I could do it again, I would use Arm R Seal. This lacquer gives the dresser a cooler, white-ish look. I still like the dresser. In the class, George used soft close drawer slides. I think my carcass was slightly out of square and thus I had issues with the slides binding. I actually took the slides off of two drawers and it works really well. This project was challenging for me, but I learned quite a bit. I look forward to making a dresser for someone else in my family now. Thanks for looking.





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#1 posted 08-20-2019 12:49 AM

That’s really nice. That cherry is only going to get better looking with age.

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#2 posted 08-20-2019 09:46 AM

Nice work!

-- Petey

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#3 posted 08-20-2019 01:20 PM

Very nice! As that cherry warms it will get better and better.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#4 posted 08-20-2019 01:45 PM

If I had made it, I would be proud.

Nice work.

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#5 posted 08-20-2019 02:18 PM

Great job! Inset drawers are tricky. Looks like you tackled them though!

As the others have said, just give that cherry time, and it will darken/get more rich. I suppose if you want to speed it up, you could set it out in the direct sun for a few hours.

-- Pete

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#6 posted 08-20-2019 02:52 PM

the fit of them drawers are perfect hard to do truely a family heirloom GREAT JOB :<))) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#7 posted 08-20-2019 04:50 PM

so many good features that the color your concerned with is a non issue
great job

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#8 posted 08-20-2019 07:16 PM

Thank you Burly Bob.

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#9 posted 08-20-2019 07:16 PM

Thank you Peteybadboy!

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#10 posted 08-20-2019 07:18 PM

Thank you shirt. Looking forward to the cherry color changing with time

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#11 posted 08-20-2019 07:19 PM

Thank you Ocelot. I am proud of it .

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#12 posted 08-20-2019 07:21 PM

Thank you Pete. I think I will let it change color where it is. It is HEAVY to move around. Immediate gratification is tempting, though

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#13 posted 08-20-2019 07:22 PM

Thank you Tony

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#14 posted 08-20-2019 07:23 PM

Thank you, Dick

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#15 posted 08-21-2019 12:14 AM

Nice dresser.I like Cherry as well.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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