Mackintosh Six Drawer Dresser

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Project by WhattheChuck posted 12-25-2020 12:54 AM 2019 views 5 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to build this dresser in the summer, to alleviate storage problems when both college-aged sons moved back into the house for quarantine. It took me two months to get up the gumption to even get over my fundamental laziness to start the process. I thought it would take two weeks.

I had obviously forgotten how long it takes to do a “big thing.”

The style is direct from, and if you’re an Arts and Crafts woodworker, I highly recommend their styling. Thanks for the inspiration, Mike!

The drawers are all dovetailed, and the color is from Transtint Amber aniline dye, finished with Minwax Tung Oil finish. I decided I would try to use my Domino joiner, but really didn’t hardly at all. I made the drawer frames with it, but that forced other decision that made it unclear whether all THAT was really a time-saving measure. I’ve taken to cutting the half-blind dovetails with my Leigh dovetail jig, and my wrist joints definitely thank me! I cut the back dovetails as through dovetails by hand to keep practice.

Misery factor associated with the project was about 7/10. There are LOTS of parts in this sucker—the drawers have frames between them, but actually slide on wooden runners. I made story sticks, I rubbed my stomach and patted my head—but the reality is that making things like this take a long time, and even if you draw up a great plan, well, good luck. You WILL make mistakes. Or rather I MADE mistakes!

OTOH—if I made another one, it would be a lot easier.

QSWO of course. First time with the aniline dyes, and I really recommend any woodworker to try this. They really work, and aren’t that hard!

The inlay on the breadboard ends is Buffard-Freres, from the early 20th century (Opaloid for those aficionados.) Finally, the hardware is from House of Antique Hardware, and sorta- reasonably priced.

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#1 posted 12-25-2020 12:58 AM

Very move. Cute model too

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#2 posted 12-25-2020 01:13 AM

That is flat out gorgeous. Love the look, and your execution was flawless.
Well done!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 12-25-2020 01:41 AM

Well done. Love working in that style/motif. I would love to see how you did the drawer webs.

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#4 posted 12-25-2020 02:56 AM

man that is just gorgeous.the craftsmanship is top notch,and what can i say more,you knocked it outta the park slugger.merry christmas.

-- 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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#5 posted 12-25-2020 03:33 AM

Very nice, Chuck! Does the pup sleep in the drawer?

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 12-25-2020 10:50 AM

Outstanding work, sometime it just take time, no matter what , beautiful work also comes with skills.bravo. Have a nice holiday season.

-- andrek

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#7 posted 12-25-2020 11:13 AM

Chuck that is outstanding! Sit back and look what you made. Thanks for posting.

Merry Christmas!

-- Petey

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#8 posted 12-25-2020 11:14 AM

Your perseverance paid off, it’s a beautiful arts and crafts piece…love the hardware you chose.

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#9 posted 12-25-2020 12:39 PM

Wonderful job!

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#10 posted 12-25-2020 12:42 PM

Nicely done. I like the design. Heck, I like everything about it.
If there is webbing/framework between each drawer, I can only imagine how much that piece weighs!

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

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#11 posted 12-25-2020 01:06 PM

Very well done. And thanks for the hardware source too.

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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#12 posted 12-25-2020 01:27 PM

Beautiful work. You’re right about how long projects take to complete. Thanks for the link to Dryad Studios. I browsed your projects page(s) and can see how skilled you are. Man, you make some nice stuff…

-- Tim in Tucson

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#13 posted 12-25-2020 01:30 PM

Beautiful work. It’s amazing how long it takes to build pieces like that. I bet that sucker is heavy!

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#14 posted 12-25-2020 03:00 PM

Great work Chuck! I love that style, takes a lot of pondering to get the best out of grain flow and proportion.

I like the hardware, I recently completed a sideboard and used the same pieces (glad I only needed 6 pulls!).
Pricey, but the cheaper stuff is just awful. IIRC these are made in Italy.

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#15 posted 12-25-2020 03:55 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments —

Tucson Tim, I’m not Dryad Studios! I just found their work when I was conceptualizing the piece.

Yes, JBR24—the thing weighs a TON. It is unbelievable how much heavier a piece is when made with QSWO as opposed to cherry! Because of weight, I didn’t put plywood in the drawer webs—I’ll post a picture later BlueRidgeDog.

Yes, splinter group—the pulls come from Italy. I’m building two complementary bedside tables, and didn’t order enough matching hardware, and now I’m waiting for House of Antique Hardware to replenish their stock. Which is scary! But they say it’s in. I wish I could tell you there’s a lesson there on ordering more hardware than you need, but I’ve already got a hoarding problem!

And Dave – nope—the pup doesn’t sleep in the drawer—it was challenging to get her to stay for 10 seconds. But I am super-happy about my Daily Top Three award—because for eternity, my piece will be indexed next to your sign “Home is Where the Fart Is”!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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