Pouplar Dresser for may Grandaughter

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Project by oldrivers posted 02-18-2014 04:37 AM 1591 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Dresser for my Granddaughter I Fabricated from Popular I harvested some years back. There is a Queen Bed A Chest and a Cedar lined Blanket chest to match (Will post later) it is all a mission style of her choosing.
My Grandaughter requested the color to be cappuccino (What is that I ask) She gave directions her to go see a box of this [email protected] Targets and what I found was Black with cherry red that had a sort of iridescent appearance *
I was informed that I just may not be able to produce the combinations of colors, nether was I sure of that but I will try.
How I arrived at the colors she wanted was by using Aniline dyes with a red wine under Neath and a little on top where it needed it, however after a while and a little hair pulling I got it, she is Happy. On one of the pictures you can see the Red in certain areas as the light reflects off the drawer dividers.
That was a learning experience alright, but I loved the challenge. In the bottom drawers I installed Red Cedar drawer bottoms that way she can store woolens and the Cedar will ward off Moths (Old trick from yester year) it works.
The Finish The top coat is Lacquer first I used a sander Sealer. Then I several coats of Clear Lacquer sanding between coats with 400 grit sand paper by hand. Between the last coat and again after the last coat I wet sanded with 600 grit sandpaper (Auto style finishing) then polished to a high gloss. The jointly is Mortis and tendon and the hardware it Mission style*, the side panels are made in the old style which can be seen on the third picture. If you like I can post the Bed as well as the Chest of Drawers. This was a Fun project!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#1 posted 02-18-2014 12:41 PM

Very nice dresser, great work. The cappuccino color is a little hard to detect on my tablet, but no matter the project looks beautiful. Please do show the other matching pieces, I would like to see these. Thanks for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 02-18-2014 01:17 PM

Very nice dresser, you’ve done and excellent job and the finish is great…so glad your going to post the rest of the furniture. Thanks for sharing.

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

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Matt (MWA Woodworks)

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#3 posted 02-18-2014 03:16 PM

I must find me some of this “popular” wood :-)

Great looking piece!

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#4 posted 02-18-2014 03:26 PM

You did a really nice job on this and I bet she loved it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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Greg In Maryland

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#5 posted 02-18-2014 06:29 PM

Ted, er, DavidL123, just go away. No one needs your spam.


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#6 posted 02-19-2014 03:06 AM

Are you kidding, of course post the rest!! I really Like that dresser how many hours did you put into it? No matter it was time well spent.

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#7 posted 02-19-2014 03:07 PM

Thank you all for your comments and encouragement you are a great group of people. To answer woodbutcher7 question I placed it on my blog page.
I will also try to post the other pieces you requested soon.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#8 posted 02-21-2014 01:25 AM

Yes it looks awesome, great work

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#9 posted 02-24-2014 04:56 PM

Excellent work on that fine looking dresser. Great design and finish, an heirloom piece for sure.

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