Long Dresser, Cherry and Walnut

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Project by Scott C. posted 10-03-2013 01:10 PM 7207 views 68 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a long dresser to match the night stands I posted previously ( ). Made from Cherry, Walnut and Baltic birch, finished with Arm-R-Seal. Only cost me 1 trip to the ER! Thanks for looking

Here’s some more info on the build:

The dresser is composed of an internal carcass built from 1/2” baltic birch sides and back, and then divided by dust frames on the top bottom and 2 in the center. There are also vertical dividers between the 6 drawers. The drawers are 1/2” baltic birch with false fronts on side mounted ball bearing slides. The drawers are put together with pocket screws, which I would never do again, took way to long to drill all those. The carcass is all dados, rabbats glue and brad nails.

The exterior sides are built separately and then screwed onto the carcass, same with the top and the top/bottom rail. All the center panels are 1/4” cherry ply laminated onto either 1/4” hardboard for the drawer fronts or 1/2” baltic for the top. The handles were shaped on my ridgid OSS/Belt sander, love that tool.

The hardest parts were probably getting a nice smooth arch on the legs, which I bought and learned how to use a card scrapper for, and getting the frame around the top smooth with the ply center panels. Started to burn through the veneer on one of the night stands but it’s barely noticeable, almost looks like sapwood to the untrained eye.

-- measure twice, cut once, swear and start over.

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#1 posted 10-03-2013 01:18 PM

Wow, those pieces are absolutely beautiful. I may add this to my favorites and try to copy it in the future!

And hey, 1 trip to the ER? That ain’t bad either.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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JAY Made

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#2 posted 10-03-2013 01:18 PM

Wow that is very nice, hope you learned your lesson :)

-- We all should push ourselves to learn new skills.

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#3 posted 10-03-2013 01:19 PM

I like this a lot! I have to know how the drawers in the middle meet. Is there a verticle center post and the faces just overlap or is it 3 long drawers made to look like 6?

-- "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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#4 posted 10-03-2013 01:22 PM

Beautiful Project great post Thanks for sharing. I also would love to know more details about the build….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#5 posted 10-03-2013 01:23 PM

beautiful piece nice job

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#6 posted 10-03-2013 01:27 PM

Beautiful work. Hope you heal up OK!

-- Kirk

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#7 posted 10-03-2013 01:36 PM

Wow.. absolutely incredible

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#8 posted 10-03-2013 01:51 PM

I like it very much, thanks for sharing.

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Scott C.

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#9 posted 10-03-2013 02:06 PM

Added some more build info, also the thumb healed up fine, still a little tender but it serves as a useful reminder not to do stupid things with the table saw.

-- measure twice, cut once, swear and start over.

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#10 posted 10-03-2013 02:16 PM

Great looking set. Hope you heal up soon.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#11 posted 10-03-2013 02:46 PM

Very attractive dresser—nice construct.

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

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#12 posted 10-03-2013 04:39 PM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#13 posted 10-03-2013 05:55 PM

Looks nice. How did the table saw bite your finger?

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#14 posted 10-03-2013 07:15 PM

Beautiful work, I am glad it did not cost you more! If you know what I mean.
Keep up the good work and be very careful in the future.

-- wood maestro....... Be Well, Do good work, and Stay in touch

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#15 posted 10-03-2013 07:46 PM

This is amazing. Love the contrast in the woods, design and craftsmanship! Awesome job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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