Wedge and Strap Arts and Crafts Dresser

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Project by pintodeluxe posted 02-07-2013 08:21 AM 7262 views 36 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my interpretation of an arts and crafts 6 drawer dresser. Although it shares some design features with the Harvey Ellis 9 drawer dresser and the Gustav Stickley #906, I added a wedge and strap detail on the tapered backsplash. It is designed to look like a leather strap tightened by a wedge driven laterally. The wedge and strap motif is actually a walnut inlay, set into a shallow dado. My 11 part construction blog is located here…
The 8th and 9th segments are particularly worth a look, and cover the 14 degree dovetails, and the wedge and strap inlay. Also look for the “no math” method of laying out drawer pulls toward the end of that series. The dresser is constructed of solid QSRO, including the floating side panels. Drawer boxes are poplar with aromatic cedar bottoms. The drawers were sprayed with shellac, while the cedar was left raw. Meanwhile the carcase was lacquered and buffed to a satin sheen with Howards walnut wax and #0000 steel wool.
Through tenons, walnut pegs, and subtle arches complete the look.
I had so much fun, I made two.


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

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#1 posted 02-07-2013 10:49 AM

Very nice looking dresser

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-07-2013 01:18 PM

Absolutely gorgeous. You capture the simplicity of the A&C style but closer examination reveals great detail. I particularly like the through tenons at the bottom and the square, contrasting plugs, the later which you kept to a minimum. Would love to see drawer details. Could you add some drawer photos? Thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 02-07-2013 01:28 PM

Very nice job, Willie. I like the color. Doesn’t even look like red oak. This is on my to do list. My wife hasn’t decided if she wants two dressers or one big one. We have a 5 drawer that I built years ago and it doesn’t even come close to meeting our needs. Thanks for the post.

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#4 posted 02-07-2013 01:39 PM

A great piece Pinto! Wonderful! its just a pleasure to look at it! – I’m looking forward to reading the blog (thanks for blogging it by the way!) – a piece of art!


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#5 posted 02-07-2013 02:04 PM

Outstanding craftsmanship and detail – very impressive indeed!!

-- - The day I stop learning is the day I stop living.

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#6 posted 02-07-2013 02:30 PM

looks great

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#7 posted 02-07-2013 02:54 PM

I love this . Is there a set of plans i can get ?

-- oldreddog

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#8 posted 02-07-2013 04:14 PM

I posted plans to sketchup. Search “Willie Sandry Designs Mission Dresser” and look for the final color version.

John… here are a couple pictures of the drawers in process. More pictures can be found at my blog link above. See part 9 for drawer details.


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

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#9 posted 02-07-2013 04:45 PM


These look fantastic.


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#10 posted 02-07-2013 05:29 PM

Wonderful! Clean lines, fantastic build and design.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#11 posted 02-07-2013 05:43 PM

This turned out fantastic, Willie. Grats on the top spot!

-- jay,

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#12 posted 02-07-2013 05:45 PM

Not much more I can add to the above praise, except to say I’m very impressed!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#13 posted 02-07-2013 06:21 PM

Exellent craftmanship!

-- Bryan

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#14 posted 02-07-2013 07:23 PM

Fantastic craftsmanship!

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#15 posted 02-07-2013 08:37 PM

Beautiful work Willie. I’ve looked at the 9-drawer and felt it was a bit much for the space I have. Yours has a very nice proportion.

-- "Begin every endeaver with the end ever in mind."

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