Walnut & Ambrosia Maple Dresser with signatures from Son's College days.

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Project by ohwoodeye posted 10-19-2021 08:32 PM 1317 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Before going off to college I made my son a “beer-pong” table out of plywood. During those years, the winners of the beer-pong match would sign their names on the table. Fast forward 5 years and this table is sitting in my garage unused.
My son needed a dresser for his apartment so I made him this one. I cut up the beer-pong table and used it for the drawers. Now ever time he opens a drawer he gets a remembrance of his college days and all those fun games with his friends. (see last picture)

Shout out to fellow jocks Leec who forwarded me his plans for this dresser
and my LJ Buddy “Firewood” who graciously invited me over to his house and helped me resaw the walnut drawer fronts. That was a fun day.

-- "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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#1 posted 10-19-2021 09:00 PM

Wow thats beautiful! I like the signatures in the drawers too. Great idea!

-- Jerry H - Holland Michigan

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#2 posted 10-19-2021 09:16 PM

great story & great build.

thanks for posting.

Bill in MI

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#3 posted 10-19-2021 10:07 PM


One of the nicest chests I’ve ever seen…Great wood selection…Great build…Using that plywood with the signatures showing, really takes it over the top…Super project…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 10-19-2021 11:35 PM

It looks great! And the signatures in the drawers is a really nice touch. Also the ambrosia maple looks fantastic. It was my pleasure sending you the plans, and you obviously put them to good use.

-- Lee, Framingham, MA

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#5 posted 10-19-2021 11:54 PM

Nicely done, and the memories to last a life time.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#6 posted 10-19-2021 11:58 PM

first off that is a damn nice looking dresser,but with the old table as drawers the cool factor goes off the he’s gotta be super happy with dad.congrats.

-- 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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#7 posted 10-20-2021 12:06 AM

Great looking dresser. Nice work… and clever re-using college memories. Socks that smell like beer sounds alright to me ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 10-20-2021 12:53 AM

wow bootiful, great combo on material. finish is nice, not too shiny pleasure visually for sure thanks

-- Living the dream

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#9 posted 10-20-2021 02:13 AM


-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#10 posted 10-20-2021 04:45 AM

Really great looking dresser.

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#11 posted 10-20-2021 09:37 AM

Woodeye, nicely done.

The beer pong include is a great idea. And you cleaned up the garage a bit in the process.

-- Petey

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#12 posted 10-20-2021 11:57 AM

What an astounding gift! It will be amazing to think where each friend is after 10, 20, 30+ years, thinking back to when those signatures were made, in the formative years for every individual. A personal time capsule. It will be a piece to draw you together in later years — “hey, guys, come check out my dresser!”

I guess if you wanted you could still use it as a beer pong table ^_^ for one last time’s sake, should the original participants arrive and want to add some new names of grown adult children that you pass this down to. Take out the drawers, set up for a game, winner signs a drawer, put it back together. The tradition could go on for generations.

-- Devin, SF, CA

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#13 posted 10-20-2021 06:13 PM

Good job the maple is stunning.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#14 posted 10-22-2021 12:23 PM

two very nice pieces of work.
but,... spot the obvious difference between the two.

-- Regards Rob

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#15 posted 10-23-2021 01:01 PM

Beautiful piece, the inclusion of the beer pong table signature’s is priceless. Well done.

-- No matter where you go, there ya are!l

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