Maple/Cherry Dresser

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Project by GaPeachWoodworker posted 07-31-2013 04:49 PM 2783 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In ‘08, I decided to go to the local Tech school to learn wood working and this dresser was my first project. I found the plan on ( and my daughter fell in love with it.

This was a BIG undertaking. It’s a box of maple plywood edged with maple for the drawers and that box is wrapped by two maple plywood sides (with legs) and a solid maple & cherry top! It’s finished with satin oil based polyurethane. I really appreciate the help from the guys at school! My daughter picked out the leaf and branch drawer pulls. She loves it although she hates moving it because it’s heavier than she is, but it’s an heirloom.

Thanks for letting me share.

-- Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. However, when you can, you should with wood!

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#1 posted 07-31-2013 06:48 PM

Very nicely done—I’m a big fan of maple frames and cherry drawer fronts. Unfortunately, my cabinets are all shop cabinets. Also, you don’t need to explain to your spouse/significant other why your shop cabinets look better than the kitchen cabinets in your house.

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

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#2 posted 07-31-2013 10:21 PM

Looks very well made : ) Maple and Cherry have always been two of my favorite wood combos !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 07-31-2013 10:46 PM

Great job. Love the craftsmanship

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 07-31-2013 11:17 PM

Beautiful looking dresser, the colour and finish are perfect. I also love the collectables on top of the dresser, the camera and the coca cola crate, I have not seen one of those since I was a preteen in the late 1950’s.
Excellent job on the dresser.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#5 posted 08-02-2013 01:21 AM

Wow, what a first project! Keep it up. Looks good.

-- Ben in Va

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#6 posted 08-02-2013 07:26 PM

Wonderful piece
It will be in the family for years and years

-- Greg Simon

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#7 posted 08-03-2013 01:46 PM

I’ve always loved the look of Cherry and Maple together. I often look for projects that take advantage of these beautiful woods in combination with each other. You did an excellent job of showing the beauty of both. Well done.

-- Scott Morrison, Montana,

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#8 posted 08-07-2013 02:51 PM

Very nice. Looks silky smooth.
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 08-07-2013 03:01 PM

This is a nice piece. Congratulations. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 08-08-2013 05:58 PM

Thanks guys! I love perusing your projects as well. You all challenge me to work my craft.

-- Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. However, when you can, you should with wood!

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 09-28-2013 08:25 PM

WOW, that is a beautiful dresser!!
cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Shawn LaFleur

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#12 posted 11-27-2013 03:02 PM

Very nice dresser, well done. I was looking at that buying that plan also for my second project.

First project is to be a work bench so I can start this new hobby this weekend.

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#13 posted 07-28-2015 02:22 AM

Thanks for the comment on my Tools project and OMG! I just saw this dresser. Just did a whole Cherry bedroom set for a customer and soo wish I had seen this first. I would have totally talked her into adding some Maple accents. Awesome!

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#14 posted 07-28-2015 06:00 PM

Kabashu, thanks for your kind comments! You have inspired my workshop and I’ll try to post some pictures in the near future…

-- Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. However, when you can, you should with wood!

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