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Project by mpm3 posted 09-08-2019 10:39 PM 453 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Similar to the white oak desk, made this dresser from the last few boards of a tree that fell in my front yard several years ago. White oak veneer panels and poplar drawers with solid top and drawer fronts. The design is from a Taunton press book of Dressers from several years ago. Desperately needed additional storage in my sons room so this should keep his clothes off the floor. Or not. Thanks for looking.

Matt

-- Matt





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Redoak49

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#1 posted 09-08-2019 11:18 PM

I like it and the way the grain goes across the drawers…looks good.

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#2 posted 09-09-2019 02:14 AM

Really nice. Continuous grain on the drawers is a nice feature. What finish did you use? Looks great.

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#3 posted 09-09-2019 12:52 PM

BB1 – I used a coat of boiled linseed oil followed by four coats of a wipe-on varnish (Formsby’s), sanded to 320 in-between coats 2 and 3. Last, a coat of wax applied with 0000 steel wool. It’s a super easy finish and I’ve had goo luck with it – it doesn’t give a “plastic” look to piece but with enough coats, can be very protective.

-- Matt

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#4 posted 09-09-2019 02:49 PM

Very attractive dresser. Nice work on matching the drawer front!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 09-09-2019 08:35 PM

Nice dresser! Like the simple look, and I’m not a big fan of oak, but your white oak looks quite nice. I agree with your finish schedule – it both looks great and is very durable.

-- Pete

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mpm3

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#6 posted 09-09-2019 08:44 PM

PPK – I’m typically not a fan of oak either but

1. I had the oak from my front yard and built this for my son so there’s the sentimental nature of this specific oak material and project, and

2. I’ve found if you design well and use rift and/or QS material, you can make some pieces that are more contemporary looking than the usual “cathedral” look of oak. I didn’t have enough QS material for the drawer fronts here so I went with the boards I had. Have a look a some of my other projects (chest on stand, for instance) and see if you agree….

-- Matt

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#7 posted 09-10-2019 01:37 AM

Thanks for the info. Finishing is an area I feel the most uncertain. Always interested in learning more so appreciate the added details.


BB1 – I used a coat of boiled linseed oil followed by four coats of a wipe-on varnish (Formsby s), sanded to 320 in-between coats 2 and 3. Last, a coat of wax applied with 0000 steel wool. It s a super easy finish and I ve had goo luck with it – it doesn t give a “plastic” look to piece but with enough coats, can be very protective.

- mpm3


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#8 posted 09-15-2019 01:30 PM



I like it and the way the grain goes across the drawers…looks good.

- Redoak49

Ditto on the continuous grain. I also like the character in the boards. And the provenance of the wood gives the project added meaning, as you say. Looking at the project, I wouldn’t have said it was oak, but then all we tend to get around here is rift-sawn red oak.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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