Cherry Dresser

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Project by jwicks posted 03-20-2012 11:27 PM 4241 views 15 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project has been in progress for some time. I started working on it in the Fall/Winter of 2010. During that time I completed most of construction for the base assembly. I then picked up the project again in December of 2011, putting the finishing touches on the base, gluing up the carcase, and spraying the finish. The past 2 months or so I’ve been working on the drawers: milling, joinery, fitting to the openings, sanding, spray finishing.

The dresser is cherry with maple drawer sides/backs. The two side panels are cherry plywood. The top, rails, legs, dust frame fronts, and drawer fronts are all solid cherry.

This was my first time building such a big project, and also my first time building inset drawers. I was initially intimidated by the thought of building inset drawers w/o using metal slides, but I’m very happy with how they turned out and really glad I decided to go with the wood runners. I watched some of the video workshops on FWW that provided a lot of great tips. The drawers provided a nice mix of power tools for the joinery and rough sizing, and hand tools for cleanup, finessing, and final piston fit. They all slide in/out very smoothly and have a built in soft close mechanism as the air rushes out.

The finish is sprayed on General Finishes High Performance WB Satin. I’m really liking the spray finishes. I can easily put 4-5 coats on in a day, and it dries before any dust can land, leaving a really smooth final surface.

Short video tour:

-- Jon

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#1 posted 03-21-2012 12:00 AM

Great looking dresser Jon


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#2 posted 03-21-2012 05:13 PM

Very nice.

-- Chuck, Preston CT,

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#3 posted 03-21-2012 07:13 PM

Thanks Jim and Chuck.

-- Jon

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#4 posted 03-21-2012 08:53 PM

Very clean, tight and professional. Love the natural finish.

-- Ed- [email protected]

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#5 posted 03-21-2012 11:31 PM

I really like this one, it’s a fine looking piece of furniture

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 03-22-2012 12:15 AM

Nice work, it looks great.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then sand a whole bunch

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#7 posted 03-22-2012 05:09 AM

Beautiful and very practical. I like that you didn’t waste a lot of space between the drawers. Inset drawers are a challenge and you really got a nice fit. Russ.

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#8 posted 03-22-2012 04:14 PM

Nice work, Jon.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 12-29-2012 01:36 AM

Jon, that’s an awesome dresser!

-- Carl, Iowa

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