Modern Walnut Dresser with Hand Tools

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Project by Thorbjorn88 posted 06-02-2020 07:04 PM 783 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished my first major piece of furniture a dresser for my son’s bedroom. I made it from rough sawn walnut and only used hand tools…except I did cheat with a thickness planer, but I flattened all the rough and often majorly cupped walnut by hand first. The carcass is joined with half blind dovetails and housing dados, all cut by hand. The drawers are red oak, my wife wanted soft close slides and I didn’t know about the fancy hidden kind until I had already made the drawers, so next time I’ll use those so you don’t have to see the ugly slides. This was a big project but I learned a lot and feel like it was a rite of passage to do everything by hand. I’m now confident I can flatten and surface wide boards with a hand plane. We’ve been using it as a changing table and my son must like it cause all he wants to do is roll over and look at it when I’m trying to get him dressed!

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-- Dave

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#1 posted 06-02-2020 07:12 PM

That is a nice-looking piece of furniture and beatiful wood! I like the curl in the top drawer front.

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#2 posted 06-02-2020 07:16 PM

Very nice work Dave. Both thumbs up from me.
Looks better than most done with all machinery….

I think that when you can’t tell it was done by hand it really hits the mark.

Thanks for posting.

-- I only know what I know, nothing less, nothing more -- That doesn't count what I used to know..

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#3 posted 06-02-2020 07:42 PM

Gorgeous work! You are very talented!

-- Dave

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#4 posted 06-02-2020 08:28 PM

Fantastic work Dave. That’s a gorgeous piece!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 06-02-2020 09:00 PM

Very nice you did a Great job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#6 posted 06-02-2020 09:05 PM

Great looking piece there.

Just a thought, kid’s like to open drawers and use them to stand on or pull on a top drawer extended. I don’t know how heavy that is but you may want to anchor or secure to wall and not place anything real heavy on top. It was real dangerous when the big TV’s were used.

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#7 posted 06-02-2020 09:24 PM

Good point controlfreak. We did anchor it to the wall, a friend of a friend had a kid seriously injured a year or two ago so that’s the first thing we did. A plus side to the soft close door slides and the knobs being far appart is that it’s actually takes a fair amount of force to open the drawer the first inch especially if you only grab one knob. So my hope is he won’t be able to open the drawers…for a while at least.

-- Dave

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#8 posted 06-02-2020 09:43 PM

Beautiful piece, crazy cute kid, and that top drawer’s Walnut is outstanding. Betcha wished you had a truckload of that Fiddleback Walnut. Keep making.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 06-03-2020 12:44 AM

Wow, that is really nice! Got to love walnut, for sure.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#10 posted 06-03-2020 04:05 AM

Well done. I hope you signed and dated it somewhere. Maybe you, your wife, and son can paint your hand prints on the back for a family record, and leave room for the grandchildren too.

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#11 posted 06-03-2020 01:31 PM

Beautiful wood and workmanship. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 06-04-2020 01:22 PM

Beautiful wood, well done

-- Ty

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#13 posted 06-05-2020 01:50 PM

That’s something to be proud of! Good job. Cute son!

-- Pete

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