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This dresser is a wedding gift to one of my daughters. I told her I would make it before she got married but considering their first anniversary is next week, I'm a bit behind.

I worked on this in my spare time between other (paying) projects, house construction, etc. It is nice to finally have it out of the shop.

I'm not entirely sure what to call the style. I modeled the molding after details I've seen on French Country pieces, although the overall effect more modern than how that style is usually expressed.

The bulk of the piece is made of (american) beech. A couple of the small bits were maple from the scrap bin. Drawer boxes (not shown, but pretty standard construction) were baltic birch plywood.

The finish is a tinted conversion varnish, sprayed. Valspar Presidium, specifically. The color is Benjamin Moore Distant Grey (OC-68), here. Looks pretty white to me, but there is a distinct difference when next to the trim in the room - which itself is some other off-white color.

My favorite part of the project was the small brackets at the feet. A lot of hand tool work involved due to the shape.

I did a near-complete SketchUp model for this, here. The corresponding plan for building was done in LayOut, available as a PDF here.

Drawer box and drawer slide details are missing, as I wasn't sure what I was going to use when I did the drawings. I ended up going with Blum undermount slides (yes, overkill for a bedroom dresser :) so the drawer boxes were made per Blum's fitment specs.

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very nice! Looks like one of those pieces that make a room more comfortable.
 

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nice work Mark. I'm sure your daughter loves it.
 

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Very nice work Mark, I am sure your daughter is going to cherish it.
 

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Wow, looks fabulous! Perfect reveals around the drawers, flawless finish, classy pulls, balanced in every aspect.

The brackets near the feet caught my eye first! Nice!
 

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Worth waiting for, Mark! Great attention to detail with the brackets, the bead board ends and the trim…even the paint. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Beautifully done Mark. I'm glad you chose the under mount hardware, as I feel that side mount would spoil the design.
 

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That's a classy piece my friend. The dresser I made for my daughter is painted too.
 

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I "delivered" it last night before she got home from work. Didn't have far to go - she and son-in-law are living in our basement. As I was fitting the drawer fronts, I suggested the son-in-law take a couple of drawers for himself before she got home and claimed them all. He says, "You've met Vanessa, right?"

Sounds like she's got him well-trained already.

Thank you all for the comments. She indeed likes it, came upstairs last night to thank me. I asked her to give out some of my business cards to her friends, maybe I'll be able to write off the cost of the lumber as advertising :)
 

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Beautifully done Mark. I m glad you chose the under mount hardware, as I feel that side mount would spoil the design.

- Hammerthumb
I like the look of them (well, non-look as they are invisible), too, but it does constrain your drawer design. Not an issue in this application.
 
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