Maple & Cherry Dresser

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Project by unclearthur posted 07-12-2020 06:20 AM 569 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a dresser I recently made from a plan from Woodcraft.

I had made the companion bedside tables years ago (also pictured).

This is a project where I decided not to think about it, just buy the plan and blindly follow it. Sometimes you just want to build something right? Anyways, almost as soon the frame was assembled, I noticed it was sagging in the middle. And when I thought think about it, there is, IMHO, inadequate support between the legs (basically just 2 bottom rails which are 1 1/2” x 3/4×60”). Everything above it is basically 3/4 ply joined with biscuits.

I had to add the central leg as an add-on to provide support.

Overall its OK, but I think I’ll be more wary of store bought plans in the future.

Solid maple top and legs; structure is mostly maple plywood joined with biscuits. Cherry drawer fronts dovetailed onto alder sides & back. Sprayed lacquer finish.

Never built a dresser before. Its a lot of work!

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#1 posted 07-12-2020 09:52 AM

Nice work!

-- Petey

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#2 posted 07-12-2020 10:46 AM

A fine-looking cabinet. I like that the plans dont call for a face-frame, thus all that cherry drawer-front are segmented in contrast with the clean lines of the maple.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#3 posted 07-12-2020 09:30 PM

beautiful.i love cherry and maple together.

-- 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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#4 posted 07-13-2020 02:56 AM

Nice work. They all look great.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 07-13-2020 01:36 PM

“Never built a dresser before. Its a lot of work!”

Yup. Drawers are a lot of work in general!

Nice job on it, and nice fix for structural rigidity.

-- Pete

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#6 posted 07-13-2020 02:02 PM

That’s a nice clean look. I too never built from a plan and just recently was thinking that I need to – to just get some things built. I ordered a bunch of plans from Fine Woodworking that were recently on sale. We’ll see.

I also have a book of dresser plans.

You built a fine piece of furniture! I certainly would be proud if I had built it.


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#7 posted 07-13-2020 03:20 PM

Thanks everyone.

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#8 posted 07-13-2020 03:23 PM

Nice build. I have contemplated these plans myself…......if I do buy them, I will add the center support as well. Thanks for the tip!!
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#9 posted 07-13-2020 04:38 PM

Nice piece, I’m a big fan of Maple and Cherry.

-- Rich

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