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We finished building our house in 2008, but there are all those little projects that you have to set yourself to get done or it will never happen.

In addition to getting side tracked, the shop (garage) or what ever you call it, starts to fill as storage. The amount of things that need fixing keeps stacking up too.

But today is the day we start a new project. I need to build a dresser that will fit right in my closet, between the vertical pine members, just the way we planned it 4 years ago.

Textile Wood Shelving Bag Luggage and bags


I wanted to give this dresser a shaker look. There are a some real nice examples of dressers still around that those Shaker guys made years ago. I choose the "pharmaceutical design" with the increasingly larger drawers towards the bottom.

Wood Automotive exterior Bumper Motor vehicle Gas


I wanted to build this dresser partly because I wanted to know how to do it. I have built lots of cabinets, but never a dresser. A dresser is different with all the stretchers in it. Christian Becksvoort with FWW has done a fine job showing how to build them. I am not following all him all the way. I was going to use dovetailed drawers without drawer slides, but not on this dresser. I need this thing to be done. I need to cut out some of the fancies.

The rest of the closet is built out of knotty pine and so will this dresser. Pine is a very beautifully wood. I like pine and so did the Shakers.

Table Wood Workbench Machine tool Hardwood


The other non-shaker thing I will do is use the Kregg pocket jig to put the different frame members together. I have used this jig a lot for all my other cabinets in the house.

Table Wood Computer desk Workbench Desk


Before gluing up the side panels, I used my jointer plane to straighten the edges for a good glue joint.

Wood Flooring Floor Wood stain Hardwood


I mark the panels with the V-mark so all boards have their own spot and I can keep track of them.

Wood Wood stain Flooring Building material Plank


Smoothing plane Plane Scrub plane Jack plane Block plane


I am very exited about building this dresser, and I have a feeling my better half as well. I need to build e second one for another closet as well. As I am writing this I made great progress putting parts together.

Below you see the shop-notes I have on this dresser.

Handwriting Font Material property Wood Rectangle


I will keep you posted.

PS, I should mention in regards to the first picture, the dresser is for my wife's closet, but you never post a picture of a wife's closet (as a well behaved LJ), so I took one of mine.
 

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We finished building our house in 2008, but there are all those little projects that you have to set yourself to get done or it will never happen.

In addition to getting side tracked, the shop (garage) or what ever you call it, starts to fill as storage. The amount of things that need fixing keeps stacking up too.

But today is the day we start a new project. I need to build a dresser that will fit right in my closet, between the vertical pine members, just the way we planned it 4 years ago.

Textile Wood Shelving Bag Luggage and bags


I wanted to give this dresser a shaker look. There are a some real nice examples of dressers still around that those Shaker guys made years ago. I choose the "pharmaceutical design" with the increasingly larger drawers towards the bottom.

Wood Automotive exterior Bumper Motor vehicle Gas


I wanted to build this dresser partly because I wanted to know how to do it. I have built lots of cabinets, but never a dresser. A dresser is different with all the stretchers in it. Christian Becksvoort with FWW has done a fine job showing how to build them. I am not following all him all the way. I was going to use dovetailed drawers without drawer slides, but not on this dresser. I need this thing to be done. I need to cut out some of the fancies.

The rest of the closet is built out of knotty pine and so will this dresser. Pine is a very beautifully wood. I like pine and so did the Shakers.

Table Wood Workbench Machine tool Hardwood


The other non-shaker thing I will do is use the Kregg pocket jig to put the different frame members together. I have used this jig a lot for all my other cabinets in the house.

Table Wood Computer desk Workbench Desk


Before gluing up the side panels, I used my jointer plane to straighten the edges for a good glue joint.

Wood Flooring Floor Wood stain Hardwood


I mark the panels with the V-mark so all boards have their own spot and I can keep track of them.

Wood Wood stain Flooring Building material Plank


Smoothing plane Plane Scrub plane Jack plane Block plane


I am very exited about building this dresser, and I have a feeling my better half as well. I need to build e second one for another closet as well. As I am writing this I made great progress putting parts together.

Below you see the shop-notes I have on this dresser.

Handwriting Font Material property Wood Rectangle


I will keep you posted.

PS, I should mention in regards to the first picture, the dresser is for my wife's closet, but you never post a picture of a wife's closet (as a well behaved LJ), so I took one of mine.
Thanks Bertha, I might need the LJ support on this one.
 

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Designing and materials

We finished building our house in 2008, but there are all those little projects that you have to set yourself to get done or it will never happen.

In addition to getting side tracked, the shop (garage) or what ever you call it, starts to fill as storage. The amount of things that need fixing keeps stacking up too.

But today is the day we start a new project. I need to build a dresser that will fit right in my closet, between the vertical pine members, just the way we planned it 4 years ago.

Textile Wood Shelving Bag Luggage and bags


I wanted to give this dresser a shaker look. There are a some real nice examples of dressers still around that those Shaker guys made years ago. I choose the "pharmaceutical design" with the increasingly larger drawers towards the bottom.

Wood Automotive exterior Bumper Motor vehicle Gas


I wanted to build this dresser partly because I wanted to know how to do it. I have built lots of cabinets, but never a dresser. A dresser is different with all the stretchers in it. Christian Becksvoort with FWW has done a fine job showing how to build them. I am not following all him all the way. I was going to use dovetailed drawers without drawer slides, but not on this dresser. I need this thing to be done. I need to cut out some of the fancies.

The rest of the closet is built out of knotty pine and so will this dresser. Pine is a very beautifully wood. I like pine and so did the Shakers.

Table Wood Workbench Machine tool Hardwood


The other non-shaker thing I will do is use the Kregg pocket jig to put the different frame members together. I have used this jig a lot for all my other cabinets in the house.

Table Wood Computer desk Workbench Desk


Before gluing up the side panels, I used my jointer plane to straighten the edges for a good glue joint.

Wood Flooring Floor Wood stain Hardwood


I mark the panels with the V-mark so all boards have their own spot and I can keep track of them.

Wood Wood stain Flooring Building material Plank


Smoothing plane Plane Scrub plane Jack plane Block plane


I am very exited about building this dresser, and I have a feeling my better half as well. I need to build e second one for another closet as well. As I am writing this I made great progress putting parts together.

Below you see the shop-notes I have on this dresser.

Handwriting Font Material property Wood Rectangle


I will keep you posted.

PS, I should mention in regards to the first picture, the dresser is for my wife's closet, but you never post a picture of a wife's closet (as a well behaved LJ), so I took one of mine.
Thanks Martin, I would like to see this project finished too!! :)

Willie, just stay tuned, I will work on it as soon as I get home, kissed my wife, said "Hi" to all the kids, and had dinner.

Bertha, just your interest for the project keeps me going.
 

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Designing and materials

We finished building our house in 2008, but there are all those little projects that you have to set yourself to get done or it will never happen.

In addition to getting side tracked, the shop (garage) or what ever you call it, starts to fill as storage. The amount of things that need fixing keeps stacking up too.

But today is the day we start a new project. I need to build a dresser that will fit right in my closet, between the vertical pine members, just the way we planned it 4 years ago.

Textile Wood Shelving Bag Luggage and bags


I wanted to give this dresser a shaker look. There are a some real nice examples of dressers still around that those Shaker guys made years ago. I choose the "pharmaceutical design" with the increasingly larger drawers towards the bottom.

Wood Automotive exterior Bumper Motor vehicle Gas


I wanted to build this dresser partly because I wanted to know how to do it. I have built lots of cabinets, but never a dresser. A dresser is different with all the stretchers in it. Christian Becksvoort with FWW has done a fine job showing how to build them. I am not following all him all the way. I was going to use dovetailed drawers without drawer slides, but not on this dresser. I need this thing to be done. I need to cut out some of the fancies.

The rest of the closet is built out of knotty pine and so will this dresser. Pine is a very beautifully wood. I like pine and so did the Shakers.

Table Wood Workbench Machine tool Hardwood


The other non-shaker thing I will do is use the Kregg pocket jig to put the different frame members together. I have used this jig a lot for all my other cabinets in the house.

Table Wood Computer desk Workbench Desk


Before gluing up the side panels, I used my jointer plane to straighten the edges for a good glue joint.

Wood Flooring Floor Wood stain Hardwood


I mark the panels with the V-mark so all boards have their own spot and I can keep track of them.

Wood Wood stain Flooring Building material Plank


Smoothing plane Plane Scrub plane Jack plane Block plane


I am very exited about building this dresser, and I have a feeling my better half as well. I need to build e second one for another closet as well. As I am writing this I made great progress putting parts together.

Below you see the shop-notes I have on this dresser.

Handwriting Font Material property Wood Rectangle


I will keep you posted.

PS, I should mention in regards to the first picture, the dresser is for my wife's closet, but you never post a picture of a wife's closet (as a well behaved LJ), so I took one of mine.
Dennis, I will ask Martin to remove your post…..
And by the way we work in inches here not in mm…..
And I can not help it that I don't have a fancy dust collecting system all set up…..

You take care too
Pabull.
 

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Designing and materials

We finished building our house in 2008, but there are all those little projects that you have to set yourself to get done or it will never happen.

In addition to getting side tracked, the shop (garage) or what ever you call it, starts to fill as storage. The amount of things that need fixing keeps stacking up too.

But today is the day we start a new project. I need to build a dresser that will fit right in my closet, between the vertical pine members, just the way we planned it 4 years ago.

Textile Wood Shelving Bag Luggage and bags


I wanted to give this dresser a shaker look. There are a some real nice examples of dressers still around that those Shaker guys made years ago. I choose the "pharmaceutical design" with the increasingly larger drawers towards the bottom.

Wood Automotive exterior Bumper Motor vehicle Gas


I wanted to build this dresser partly because I wanted to know how to do it. I have built lots of cabinets, but never a dresser. A dresser is different with all the stretchers in it. Christian Becksvoort with FWW has done a fine job showing how to build them. I am not following all him all the way. I was going to use dovetailed drawers without drawer slides, but not on this dresser. I need this thing to be done. I need to cut out some of the fancies.

The rest of the closet is built out of knotty pine and so will this dresser. Pine is a very beautifully wood. I like pine and so did the Shakers.

Table Wood Workbench Machine tool Hardwood


The other non-shaker thing I will do is use the Kregg pocket jig to put the different frame members together. I have used this jig a lot for all my other cabinets in the house.

Table Wood Computer desk Workbench Desk


Before gluing up the side panels, I used my jointer plane to straighten the edges for a good glue joint.

Wood Flooring Floor Wood stain Hardwood


I mark the panels with the V-mark so all boards have their own spot and I can keep track of them.

Wood Wood stain Flooring Building material Plank


Smoothing plane Plane Scrub plane Jack plane Block plane


I am very exited about building this dresser, and I have a feeling my better half as well. I need to build e second one for another closet as well. As I am writing this I made great progress putting parts together.

Below you see the shop-notes I have on this dresser.

Handwriting Font Material property Wood Rectangle


I will keep you posted.

PS, I should mention in regards to the first picture, the dresser is for my wife's closet, but you never post a picture of a wife's closet (as a well behaved LJ), so I took one of mine.
Dennis, just kidding….
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Designing and materials

We finished building our house in 2008, but there are all those little projects that you have to set yourself to get done or it will never happen.

In addition to getting side tracked, the shop (garage) or what ever you call it, starts to fill as storage. The amount of things that need fixing keeps stacking up too.

But today is the day we start a new project. I need to build a dresser that will fit right in my closet, between the vertical pine members, just the way we planned it 4 years ago.

Textile Wood Shelving Bag Luggage and bags


I wanted to give this dresser a shaker look. There are a some real nice examples of dressers still around that those Shaker guys made years ago. I choose the "pharmaceutical design" with the increasingly larger drawers towards the bottom.

Wood Automotive exterior Bumper Motor vehicle Gas


I wanted to build this dresser partly because I wanted to know how to do it. I have built lots of cabinets, but never a dresser. A dresser is different with all the stretchers in it. Christian Becksvoort with FWW has done a fine job showing how to build them. I am not following all him all the way. I was going to use dovetailed drawers without drawer slides, but not on this dresser. I need this thing to be done. I need to cut out some of the fancies.

The rest of the closet is built out of knotty pine and so will this dresser. Pine is a very beautifully wood. I like pine and so did the Shakers.

Table Wood Workbench Machine tool Hardwood


The other non-shaker thing I will do is use the Kregg pocket jig to put the different frame members together. I have used this jig a lot for all my other cabinets in the house.

Table Wood Computer desk Workbench Desk


Before gluing up the side panels, I used my jointer plane to straighten the edges for a good glue joint.

Wood Flooring Floor Wood stain Hardwood


I mark the panels with the V-mark so all boards have their own spot and I can keep track of them.

Wood Wood stain Flooring Building material Plank


Smoothing plane Plane Scrub plane Jack plane Block plane


I am very exited about building this dresser, and I have a feeling my better half as well. I need to build e second one for another closet as well. As I am writing this I made great progress putting parts together.

Below you see the shop-notes I have on this dresser.

Handwriting Font Material property Wood Rectangle


I will keep you posted.

PS, I should mention in regards to the first picture, the dresser is for my wife's closet, but you never post a picture of a wife's closet (as a well behaved LJ), so I took one of mine.
Your such a funny guy Mads. I will do the guitar drwaer for you, or mabe an ukulele one.
 

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Gluing, pocket holes and stanley #45

Today I went ahead and got the boards for the top and sides all cut up. The sides are nice and straight. And we are gluing up the boards. I do them one board at a time. this way I have a better control over the alignment of the boards and I have to do less planing and or sanding later.

Wood Gas Machine Engineering Flooring


Below is an other picture with the designing of the dresser. I used a FWW magazine to get some inspiration on how the build the "guts" of a dresser. I need to see this coming together still. I am used to making cabinets with face frame, but you loose a lot of space behind the frame.

Handwriting Font Line Material property Wood


It's time to take the Kreg pocket hole jig out of the closet. I really like this jig. I have used this jig throughout my house for all the face frames on the cabinets and for straight board glue ups. Below are the inner members (dividers and guides?) of the dresser.



Sorry, this was not my picture, they used oak not pine. Besides that, my bench does not look as clean.

Wood Rectangle Wood stain Hardwood Composite material


Wood Milling Machine tool Gas Tool


After the sides and top are dry, they come out of the clamps and they need to be flattened somewhat. I used the sander for this (no need for a picture here, what do you think?).

Next is the dado's in the sides for the drawer supports. For this I need to refer back to a project posted a while back. I was inspired by Marc Spagnuolo. He posted a jig that would making dado's very easy.
http://thewoodwhisperer.com/exact-width-dado-jig/


After looking at this video, I came up with a little different version of the jig:

'Never Fail' dado jig for the router



It is time to put the cabinet together. This is by far the hardest one I assembled. With all the dado's, I was not sure where to start.

Wood Wood stain Hardwood Plank Gas


It came together better than expected. One of the hardest parts was the compound inaccuracy of the dado's. You can not see it on the picture, but the bottom stretcher is slightly bowed because all the verticals a just a little too tall.

Wood Rectangle Natural material Wood stain Shelving


And than you find out you forgot something. I have a bad case of CRS (Can't Remember ********************). I forgot to put the rabbit in the back of the side panels for the 1/4 back. Now what…...
Wood Flooring Composite material Wood stain Gas


I don't know what you guys would have done in this case, I thought of making a jig for the router, but that was too much work. I thought of getting a chisel.
But than I remembered having a #45 sitting in a dusty corner. I had that thing for years, never used it. It was more a woodworkers collector thing. I dug it up and sharpened the blade. It took some setting up. Come parts were rusted up a little.

Wood Gun barrel Trigger Machine Engineering


I was amazed how well old Betsy worked out, once set up it took less than 5 minutes per side to remove the wood.

Wood Gas Hardwood Wood stain Machine


Gas Machine Engineering Metal Machine tool


Problem solved. On to the next thing.

As I mentioned, no dovetails and no wood-on-wood drawers. So I went to my favorite specialty hardware store, the Home Depot for drawer slides. And spend a life savings on this pile of hardware. (why did we need this many drawers again?)

Wood Packing materials Plastic Plastic wrap Publication


For the drawers I like to use Baltic Birch. It is stable, it is straight and best of all, it was given to me by my friend.
One little problem is that the thickness is all over the board, so I need to watch it when cutting the front and back to size. This was going to be an issue anyway, because not all openings are exactly the same.
Did I mention that I have a bad case of CRS…. So I use the cabinet to keep track of all my drawer parts.

Rectangle Wood Floor Composite material Gas


This will be it for a while, because we have a busy schedule the rest of the week.

Take care, Pabull.
 

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Gluing, pocket holes and stanley #45

Today I went ahead and got the boards for the top and sides all cut up. The sides are nice and straight. And we are gluing up the boards. I do them one board at a time. this way I have a better control over the alignment of the boards and I have to do less planing and or sanding later.

Wood Gas Machine Engineering Flooring


Below is an other picture with the designing of the dresser. I used a FWW magazine to get some inspiration on how the build the "guts" of a dresser. I need to see this coming together still. I am used to making cabinets with face frame, but you loose a lot of space behind the frame.

Handwriting Font Line Material property Wood


It's time to take the Kreg pocket hole jig out of the closet. I really like this jig. I have used this jig throughout my house for all the face frames on the cabinets and for straight board glue ups. Below are the inner members (dividers and guides?) of the dresser.



Sorry, this was not my picture, they used oak not pine. Besides that, my bench does not look as clean.

Wood Rectangle Wood stain Hardwood Composite material


Wood Milling Machine tool Gas Tool


After the sides and top are dry, they come out of the clamps and they need to be flattened somewhat. I used the sander for this (no need for a picture here, what do you think?).

Next is the dado's in the sides for the drawer supports. For this I need to refer back to a project posted a while back. I was inspired by Marc Spagnuolo. He posted a jig that would making dado's very easy.
http://thewoodwhisperer.com/exact-width-dado-jig/


After looking at this video, I came up with a little different version of the jig:

'Never Fail' dado jig for the router



It is time to put the cabinet together. This is by far the hardest one I assembled. With all the dado's, I was not sure where to start.

Wood Wood stain Hardwood Plank Gas


It came together better than expected. One of the hardest parts was the compound inaccuracy of the dado's. You can not see it on the picture, but the bottom stretcher is slightly bowed because all the verticals a just a little too tall.

Wood Rectangle Natural material Wood stain Shelving


And than you find out you forgot something. I have a bad case of CRS (Can't Remember ********************). I forgot to put the rabbit in the back of the side panels for the 1/4 back. Now what…...
Wood Flooring Composite material Wood stain Gas


I don't know what you guys would have done in this case, I thought of making a jig for the router, but that was too much work. I thought of getting a chisel.
But than I remembered having a #45 sitting in a dusty corner. I had that thing for years, never used it. It was more a woodworkers collector thing. I dug it up and sharpened the blade. It took some setting up. Come parts were rusted up a little.

Wood Gun barrel Trigger Machine Engineering


I was amazed how well old Betsy worked out, once set up it took less than 5 minutes per side to remove the wood.

Wood Gas Hardwood Wood stain Machine


Gas Machine Engineering Metal Machine tool


Problem solved. On to the next thing.

As I mentioned, no dovetails and no wood-on-wood drawers. So I went to my favorite specialty hardware store, the Home Depot for drawer slides. And spend a life savings on this pile of hardware. (why did we need this many drawers again?)

Wood Packing materials Plastic Plastic wrap Publication


For the drawers I like to use Baltic Birch. It is stable, it is straight and best of all, it was given to me by my friend.
One little problem is that the thickness is all over the board, so I need to watch it when cutting the front and back to size. This was going to be an issue anyway, because not all openings are exactly the same.
Did I mention that I have a bad case of CRS…. So I use the cabinet to keep track of all my drawer parts.

Rectangle Wood Floor Composite material Gas


This will be it for a while, because we have a busy schedule the rest of the week.

Take care, Pabull.
I went to your website, Al. You did a nice job restoring that #45.
http://www.berthacombat.com/vintage%20tool%20gallery.htm

Yes, it was as if the #45 was made for just doing that rabbit. It worked like a charm.
 

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Gluing, pocket holes and stanley #45

Today I went ahead and got the boards for the top and sides all cut up. The sides are nice and straight. And we are gluing up the boards. I do them one board at a time. this way I have a better control over the alignment of the boards and I have to do less planing and or sanding later.

Wood Gas Machine Engineering Flooring


Below is an other picture with the designing of the dresser. I used a FWW magazine to get some inspiration on how the build the "guts" of a dresser. I need to see this coming together still. I am used to making cabinets with face frame, but you loose a lot of space behind the frame.

Handwriting Font Line Material property Wood


It's time to take the Kreg pocket hole jig out of the closet. I really like this jig. I have used this jig throughout my house for all the face frames on the cabinets and for straight board glue ups. Below are the inner members (dividers and guides?) of the dresser.



Sorry, this was not my picture, they used oak not pine. Besides that, my bench does not look as clean.

Wood Rectangle Wood stain Hardwood Composite material


Wood Milling Machine tool Gas Tool


After the sides and top are dry, they come out of the clamps and they need to be flattened somewhat. I used the sander for this (no need for a picture here, what do you think?).

Next is the dado's in the sides for the drawer supports. For this I need to refer back to a project posted a while back. I was inspired by Marc Spagnuolo. He posted a jig that would making dado's very easy.
http://thewoodwhisperer.com/exact-width-dado-jig/


After looking at this video, I came up with a little different version of the jig:

'Never Fail' dado jig for the router



It is time to put the cabinet together. This is by far the hardest one I assembled. With all the dado's, I was not sure where to start.

Wood Wood stain Hardwood Plank Gas


It came together better than expected. One of the hardest parts was the compound inaccuracy of the dado's. You can not see it on the picture, but the bottom stretcher is slightly bowed because all the verticals a just a little too tall.

Wood Rectangle Natural material Wood stain Shelving


And than you find out you forgot something. I have a bad case of CRS (Can't Remember ********************). I forgot to put the rabbit in the back of the side panels for the 1/4 back. Now what…...
Wood Flooring Composite material Wood stain Gas


I don't know what you guys would have done in this case, I thought of making a jig for the router, but that was too much work. I thought of getting a chisel.
But than I remembered having a #45 sitting in a dusty corner. I had that thing for years, never used it. It was more a woodworkers collector thing. I dug it up and sharpened the blade. It took some setting up. Come parts were rusted up a little.

Wood Gun barrel Trigger Machine Engineering


I was amazed how well old Betsy worked out, once set up it took less than 5 minutes per side to remove the wood.

Wood Gas Hardwood Wood stain Machine


Gas Machine Engineering Metal Machine tool


Problem solved. On to the next thing.

As I mentioned, no dovetails and no wood-on-wood drawers. So I went to my favorite specialty hardware store, the Home Depot for drawer slides. And spend a life savings on this pile of hardware. (why did we need this many drawers again?)

Wood Packing materials Plastic Plastic wrap Publication


For the drawers I like to use Baltic Birch. It is stable, it is straight and best of all, it was given to me by my friend.
One little problem is that the thickness is all over the board, so I need to watch it when cutting the front and back to size. This was going to be an issue anyway, because not all openings are exactly the same.
Did I mention that I have a bad case of CRS…. So I use the cabinet to keep track of all my drawer parts.

Rectangle Wood Floor Composite material Gas


This will be it for a while, because we have a busy schedule the rest of the week.

Take care, Pabull.
Smitty, I was surprised myself about the abilities of the #45. It takes a little of adjusting and seeing what does what on this plane. I have a #55 too, and I always thought it would do everything the #45 does and than some, but this was definitely a #45 job nothing for the #55.

Dennis, it is all glued in place. No saving on this one. And I'll stick with the inches. It took me years of getting used to when I moved to the US. I am getting to old to change again. ;-)

Xplorx4, thanks for your kind words. The next episode will be a while, as I said got some stuff to do, other than woodworking.

Pb.
 

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Gluing, pocket holes and stanley #45

Today I went ahead and got the boards for the top and sides all cut up. The sides are nice and straight. And we are gluing up the boards. I do them one board at a time. this way I have a better control over the alignment of the boards and I have to do less planing and or sanding later.

Wood Gas Machine Engineering Flooring


Below is an other picture with the designing of the dresser. I used a FWW magazine to get some inspiration on how the build the "guts" of a dresser. I need to see this coming together still. I am used to making cabinets with face frame, but you loose a lot of space behind the frame.

Handwriting Font Line Material property Wood


It's time to take the Kreg pocket hole jig out of the closet. I really like this jig. I have used this jig throughout my house for all the face frames on the cabinets and for straight board glue ups. Below are the inner members (dividers and guides?) of the dresser.



Sorry, this was not my picture, they used oak not pine. Besides that, my bench does not look as clean.

Wood Rectangle Wood stain Hardwood Composite material


Wood Milling Machine tool Gas Tool


After the sides and top are dry, they come out of the clamps and they need to be flattened somewhat. I used the sander for this (no need for a picture here, what do you think?).

Next is the dado's in the sides for the drawer supports. For this I need to refer back to a project posted a while back. I was inspired by Marc Spagnuolo. He posted a jig that would making dado's very easy.
http://thewoodwhisperer.com/exact-width-dado-jig/


After looking at this video, I came up with a little different version of the jig:

'Never Fail' dado jig for the router



It is time to put the cabinet together. This is by far the hardest one I assembled. With all the dado's, I was not sure where to start.

Wood Wood stain Hardwood Plank Gas


It came together better than expected. One of the hardest parts was the compound inaccuracy of the dado's. You can not see it on the picture, but the bottom stretcher is slightly bowed because all the verticals a just a little too tall.

Wood Rectangle Natural material Wood stain Shelving


And than you find out you forgot something. I have a bad case of CRS (Can't Remember ********************). I forgot to put the rabbit in the back of the side panels for the 1/4 back. Now what…...
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I don't know what you guys would have done in this case, I thought of making a jig for the router, but that was too much work. I thought of getting a chisel.
But than I remembered having a #45 sitting in a dusty corner. I had that thing for years, never used it. It was more a woodworkers collector thing. I dug it up and sharpened the blade. It took some setting up. Come parts were rusted up a little.

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I was amazed how well old Betsy worked out, once set up it took less than 5 minutes per side to remove the wood.

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Problem solved. On to the next thing.

As I mentioned, no dovetails and no wood-on-wood drawers. So I went to my favorite specialty hardware store, the Home Depot for drawer slides. And spend a life savings on this pile of hardware. (why did we need this many drawers again?)

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For the drawers I like to use Baltic Birch. It is stable, it is straight and best of all, it was given to me by my friend.
One little problem is that the thickness is all over the board, so I need to watch it when cutting the front and back to size. This was going to be an issue anyway, because not all openings are exactly the same.
Did I mention that I have a bad case of CRS…. So I use the cabinet to keep track of all my drawer parts.

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This will be it for a while, because we have a busy schedule the rest of the week.

Take care, Pabull.
You got it, Al.
As they say "think with your head not with your screwdriver", maybe that was not a saying.

See the next post too! http://lumberjocks.com/PaBull/blog/28494

Be good, Pb.
 

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Drawers, the "Fruit of the Loom", size matters

"Size matters on drawers"

Time to get down to the drawers. It's kinna like getting into the underwear (not in a dirty way) of the cabinet. Call it the "Fruit of the Loom?".When making drawers, size matters, so I will work on getting every 1/8" I can (or mm for you, Europeans).

The first step is making the face frame thin. Or in this case, no face frame, just 3/4" thick dividers. European style cabinets are a good way to do this, I just don't like that for a Shaker style dresser.Calculating the width is easy with these euro-slides; width of opening less 1".

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The depth depends on backing and method of drawer front. I will have a 1/4" back to close off the back of the dresser, but it will be nailed to the back, no dado, because this will cost me too much depth. The drawer front will be inset, in other words flush with the face of the dresser. This will cost me 3/4". But I like that style and it will match the rest of the house. I could save another half inch in depth by not having a false drawer front, but this is too much work. This is the front of the box be hind the visual drawer front.

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To maximize the height I will nail (staple) the the 1/4" bottom to the bottom of the drawer box, instead of a dado 1/4" up, 1/4" wide and deep. We will gain 1/2" with this. And with a little glue, this will hold up just fine. The bottom will get also support from the drawer slides anyway. This will also prevent the slide screws from breaking that 1/4" by 1/4" plywood on the bottom. Best is, build a test drawer and see how tall you can make it without hitting the cabinet. And next is the cutout needed to get the drawer in and out of the cabinet. With face frame cabinets I was able to get away with a half oval shape, as shown below. As you put the drawer in the cabinet, you hook it around the upper part of the face frame so to say.

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But with this dresser I have to remove the whole back upper end of the drawer.

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To cut the relief in the drawer sides, I build a jig for my router table.

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Before I take the router to it, I will first rough cut it on the band-saw. The jig has two hold-downs to keep the drawer side in place. (These are some cheap Harbor Freight clamps, but it works!)

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There are a lot of different jigs on the market for mounting drawer slides. They are all based on holding the slide in place. This gives a lot of room for error. With a heavy screwdriver in hand, screw on the tip, you are aiming for the center of that larger than normal hole in the drawer runner. I came up with a very simple jig using 1" drywall screws in some left over 1/2" plywood (drawer stock).



I posted this Jig as a project a couple of days agao.

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The screws line up with the holes of the drawer slide. Put the jig in place, wacky the screw heads with the mallet and you have the starter holes for your drawer screws. You will see that this is a lot more accurate. The reason for the double row of screws is left side and right side. The jig on the picture was build with 3/4" inset drawer fronts in mind. If your drawer fronts are overlay, your screws would positioned 3/4" more forward and so on. Another little footnote would be, to use a drill-press for the pilot holes, to be sure that the accuracy from the front pf the plywood jig is carried on to the back, where the accuracy of the placing of the tip of the screws counts most.

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After you put the drawer slide jig in place, give a nice tap on the screw heads and you have the pilot holes for your drawer slides in place.

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Okay, I will leave you with this, they are calling me for lunch, gatta go.
Happy woodworking.
Pabull.
 

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Drawers, the "Fruit of the Loom", size matters

"Size matters on drawers"

Time to get down to the drawers. It's kinna like getting into the underwear (not in a dirty way) of the cabinet. Call it the "Fruit of the Loom?".When making drawers, size matters, so I will work on getting every 1/8" I can (or mm for you, Europeans).

The first step is making the face frame thin. Or in this case, no face frame, just 3/4" thick dividers. European style cabinets are a good way to do this, I just don't like that for a Shaker style dresser.Calculating the width is easy with these euro-slides; width of opening less 1".

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The depth depends on backing and method of drawer front. I will have a 1/4" back to close off the back of the dresser, but it will be nailed to the back, no dado, because this will cost me too much depth. The drawer front will be inset, in other words flush with the face of the dresser. This will cost me 3/4". But I like that style and it will match the rest of the house. I could save another half inch in depth by not having a false drawer front, but this is too much work. This is the front of the box be hind the visual drawer front.

Rectangle Wood Gas Composite material Hardwood


To maximize the height I will nail (staple) the the 1/4" bottom to the bottom of the drawer box, instead of a dado 1/4" up, 1/4" wide and deep. We will gain 1/2" with this. And with a little glue, this will hold up just fine. The bottom will get also support from the drawer slides anyway. This will also prevent the slide screws from breaking that 1/4" by 1/4" plywood on the bottom. Best is, build a test drawer and see how tall you can make it without hitting the cabinet. And next is the cutout needed to get the drawer in and out of the cabinet. With face frame cabinets I was able to get away with a half oval shape, as shown below. As you put the drawer in the cabinet, you hook it around the upper part of the face frame so to say.

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Cabinetry Shelf Shelving Wood Rectangle


But with this dresser I have to remove the whole back upper end of the drawer.

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To cut the relief in the drawer sides, I build a jig for my router table.

Wood Table Floor Rectangle Flooring


Wood Floor Rectangle Flooring Composite material


Before I take the router to it, I will first rough cut it on the band-saw. The jig has two hold-downs to keep the drawer side in place. (These are some cheap Harbor Freight clamps, but it works!)

Wood Floor Flooring Hardwood Wood stain


There are a lot of different jigs on the market for mounting drawer slides. They are all based on holding the slide in place. This gives a lot of room for error. With a heavy screwdriver in hand, screw on the tip, you are aiming for the center of that larger than normal hole in the drawer runner. I came up with a very simple jig using 1" drywall screws in some left over 1/2" plywood (drawer stock).



I posted this Jig as a project a couple of days agao.

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Wood Bumper Automotive exterior Gas Terrestrial animal


The screws line up with the holes of the drawer slide. Put the jig in place, wacky the screw heads with the mallet and you have the starter holes for your drawer screws. You will see that this is a lot more accurate. The reason for the double row of screws is left side and right side. The jig on the picture was build with 3/4" inset drawer fronts in mind. If your drawer fronts are overlay, your screws would positioned 3/4" more forward and so on. Another little footnote would be, to use a drill-press for the pilot holes, to be sure that the accuracy from the front pf the plywood jig is carried on to the back, where the accuracy of the placing of the tip of the screws counts most.

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After you put the drawer slide jig in place, give a nice tap on the screw heads and you have the pilot holes for your drawer slides in place.

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Okay, I will leave you with this, they are calling me for lunch, gatta go.
Happy woodworking.
Pabull.
Thanks Joez, I hope this will help you create a deeper, wider, longer drawer.
Be well.
Pb.
 

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Drawers, the "Fruit of the Loom", size matters

"Size matters on drawers"

Time to get down to the drawers. It's kinna like getting into the underwear (not in a dirty way) of the cabinet. Call it the "Fruit of the Loom?".When making drawers, size matters, so I will work on getting every 1/8" I can (or mm for you, Europeans).

The first step is making the face frame thin. Or in this case, no face frame, just 3/4" thick dividers. European style cabinets are a good way to do this, I just don't like that for a Shaker style dresser.Calculating the width is easy with these euro-slides; width of opening less 1".

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The depth depends on backing and method of drawer front. I will have a 1/4" back to close off the back of the dresser, but it will be nailed to the back, no dado, because this will cost me too much depth. The drawer front will be inset, in other words flush with the face of the dresser. This will cost me 3/4". But I like that style and it will match the rest of the house. I could save another half inch in depth by not having a false drawer front, but this is too much work. This is the front of the box be hind the visual drawer front.

Rectangle Wood Gas Composite material Hardwood


To maximize the height I will nail (staple) the the 1/4" bottom to the bottom of the drawer box, instead of a dado 1/4" up, 1/4" wide and deep. We will gain 1/2" with this. And with a little glue, this will hold up just fine. The bottom will get also support from the drawer slides anyway. This will also prevent the slide screws from breaking that 1/4" by 1/4" plywood on the bottom. Best is, build a test drawer and see how tall you can make it without hitting the cabinet. And next is the cutout needed to get the drawer in and out of the cabinet. With face frame cabinets I was able to get away with a half oval shape, as shown below. As you put the drawer in the cabinet, you hook it around the upper part of the face frame so to say.

Wood Hardwood Wood stain Rectangle Plywood


Cabinetry Shelf Shelving Wood Rectangle


But with this dresser I have to remove the whole back upper end of the drawer.

Wood Wood stain Hardwood Gas Automotive exterior


To cut the relief in the drawer sides, I build a jig for my router table.

Wood Table Floor Rectangle Flooring


Wood Floor Rectangle Flooring Composite material


Before I take the router to it, I will first rough cut it on the band-saw. The jig has two hold-downs to keep the drawer side in place. (These are some cheap Harbor Freight clamps, but it works!)

Wood Floor Flooring Hardwood Wood stain


There are a lot of different jigs on the market for mounting drawer slides. They are all based on holding the slide in place. This gives a lot of room for error. With a heavy screwdriver in hand, screw on the tip, you are aiming for the center of that larger than normal hole in the drawer runner. I came up with a very simple jig using 1" drywall screws in some left over 1/2" plywood (drawer stock).



I posted this Jig as a project a couple of days agao.

Wood Composite material Hardwood Wood stain Plywood


Wood Bumper Automotive exterior Gas Terrestrial animal


The screws line up with the holes of the drawer slide. Put the jig in place, wacky the screw heads with the mallet and you have the starter holes for your drawer screws. You will see that this is a lot more accurate. The reason for the double row of screws is left side and right side. The jig on the picture was build with 3/4" inset drawer fronts in mind. If your drawer fronts are overlay, your screws would positioned 3/4" more forward and so on. Another little footnote would be, to use a drill-press for the pilot holes, to be sure that the accuracy from the front pf the plywood jig is carried on to the back, where the accuracy of the placing of the tip of the screws counts most.

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After you put the drawer slide jig in place, give a nice tap on the screw heads and you have the pilot holes for your drawer slides in place.

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Okay, I will leave you with this, they are calling me for lunch, gatta go.
Happy woodworking.
Pabull.
Thanks Mads.
Always JIGS, I love jigs.
Lunch was good, thanks.

Pb.
 

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Shaker design; secret compartment

I wanted to show off the little progress I made so far…..

The drawers are going together:

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Here you can see how I used a wooden clamp, clamped to the bench to hold the back of the drawer upright in a 90, while i nail the front on. Once you have the front on, the rest comes easy. Lots of guys make a big deal about jigs they come up with, but I never saw the purpose of them. To get the drawer all the way square, we handle this when the bottom comes on.

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Wait…. look closely at these two drawers…. see any difference?

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Here is the back of one of them, there is a false bottom and a secret drawer, opening from the back. I showed it to my wife, and she wanted all drawers done like that. Well it was supposed to be just a little joke. So we just stick with one for now.

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Here is the book I got my inspiration for the design from, "Measured Drawings of Shaker" from Ejner Handberg. He has a whole series of these books. I think I have 4 of his books.

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Here is the cupboard we fell in love with. We took the dresser part. We needed bigger drawers. The drawers of this original dresser were way too small for our closet.

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As yo can see, I put together the sides of the drawers, next will be cutting the bottoms and putting on the drawer slides.
It is coming together pretty well.

Sorry about the photography and its quality, it was all done with my phone (droid).

Thanks to my friend Steve A. for all the pieces of 1/2" plywood I got from him.

Thanks for checking it out, and don't hesitate to say "hi", when you stop by.

Pabull.
 

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Shaker design; secret compartment

I wanted to show off the little progress I made so far…..

The drawers are going together:

Wood Machine tool Gas Cylinder Machine


Here you can see how I used a wooden clamp, clamped to the bench to hold the back of the drawer upright in a 90, while i nail the front on. Once you have the front on, the rest comes easy. Lots of guys make a big deal about jigs they come up with, but I never saw the purpose of them. To get the drawer all the way square, we handle this when the bottom comes on.

Wood House Rectangle Gas Plywood


Wait…. look closely at these two drawers…. see any difference?

Wood Flooring Rectangle Hardwood Shelving


Here is the back of one of them, there is a false bottom and a secret drawer, opening from the back. I showed it to my wife, and she wanted all drawers done like that. Well it was supposed to be just a little joke. So we just stick with one for now.

Font Publication Material property Parallel Engineering


Here is the book I got my inspiration for the design from, "Measured Drawings of Shaker" from Ejner Handberg. He has a whole series of these books. I think I have 4 of his books.

Cabinetry Drawer Rectangle Wood Chest of drawers


Here is the cupboard we fell in love with. We took the dresser part. We needed bigger drawers. The drawers of this original dresser were way too small for our closet.

Handwriting Font Rectangle Parallel Pattern


Wood Automotive exterior Gas Rectangle Hardwood


As yo can see, I put together the sides of the drawers, next will be cutting the bottoms and putting on the drawer slides.
It is coming together pretty well.

Sorry about the photography and its quality, it was all done with my phone (droid).

Thanks to my friend Steve A. for all the pieces of 1/2" plywood I got from him.

Thanks for checking it out, and don't hesitate to say "hi", when you stop by.

Pabull.
Thanks Willie, good to see you.

I can't wait either, to see this one go out of my garage and installed in the closet it needs to go to.

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Drawer fronts mounted

Debbie had to show the world my secret drawer by posting my blog it on her monthly email, well now everybody knows my secret, blah.

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This dresser is slow going. It has been a while since I have worked on it or posted a blog on it. Last night the kids were watching a movie and my wife was happy quilting upstairs, so I had no excuse not to work on it.

The drawers were all in place, but I still had to tweak the slides a little to keep them from rocking. This take a bit of work and it is an art to get them flush with the front (including drawer front, and both sides the slides parallel, to take the rocking out and not leaning forward or backward.

The finished fronts I make over sized and trim them down bit by bit until they fit just right in the opening. Some openings are not square and the drawer front needs to match that. The drawer fronts I make a 3/16" smaller than the opening.

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I use the business cards they send in the junk mail for spacers, 2 cards taped together give me just the right space. Than I nail the front on from the back with a pin nailer and later use drywall screws to make it permanent.

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I bought the hardware for this dresser. This was picked by my lovely wife. We will mix knobs and handles. The knobs will go on the upper smaller drawers.

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That's it for now, hopefully I will be able to post this as a project soon.
God bless.
Pabull.
 

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Drawer fronts mounted

Debbie had to show the world my secret drawer by posting my blog it on her monthly email, well now everybody knows my secret, blah.

Font Rectangle Screenshot Advertising Document

Jaw Carnivore Felidae Font Dog breed


This dresser is slow going. It has been a while since I have worked on it or posted a blog on it. Last night the kids were watching a movie and my wife was happy quilting upstairs, so I had no excuse not to work on it.

The drawers were all in place, but I still had to tweak the slides a little to keep them from rocking. This take a bit of work and it is an art to get them flush with the front (including drawer front, and both sides the slides parallel, to take the rocking out and not leaning forward or backward.

The finished fronts I make over sized and trim them down bit by bit until they fit just right in the opening. Some openings are not square and the drawer front needs to match that. The drawer fronts I make a 3/16" smaller than the opening.

Rectangle Wood Font Electronic device Office ruler


I use the business cards they send in the junk mail for spacers, 2 cards taped together give me just the right space. Than I nail the front on from the back with a pin nailer and later use drywall screws to make it permanent.

Cabinetry Drawer Wood Dresser Chest of drawers


I bought the hardware for this dresser. This was picked by my lovely wife. We will mix knobs and handles. The knobs will go on the upper smaller drawers.

Cabinetry Light Wood Audio equipment Drawer


That's it for now, hopefully I will be able to post this as a project soon.
God bless.
Pabull.
Thanks Grandpa, yes, the handles are coming.
Next will be the finish.
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Drawer fronts mounted

Debbie had to show the world my secret drawer by posting my blog it on her monthly email, well now everybody knows my secret, blah.

Font Rectangle Screenshot Advertising Document

Jaw Carnivore Felidae Font Dog breed


This dresser is slow going. It has been a while since I have worked on it or posted a blog on it. Last night the kids were watching a movie and my wife was happy quilting upstairs, so I had no excuse not to work on it.

The drawers were all in place, but I still had to tweak the slides a little to keep them from rocking. This take a bit of work and it is an art to get them flush with the front (including drawer front, and both sides the slides parallel, to take the rocking out and not leaning forward or backward.

The finished fronts I make over sized and trim them down bit by bit until they fit just right in the opening. Some openings are not square and the drawer front needs to match that. The drawer fronts I make a 3/16" smaller than the opening.

Rectangle Wood Font Electronic device Office ruler


I use the business cards they send in the junk mail for spacers, 2 cards taped together give me just the right space. Than I nail the front on from the back with a pin nailer and later use drywall screws to make it permanent.

Cabinetry Drawer Wood Dresser Chest of drawers


I bought the hardware for this dresser. This was picked by my lovely wife. We will mix knobs and handles. The knobs will go on the upper smaller drawers.

Cabinetry Light Wood Audio equipment Drawer


That's it for now, hopefully I will be able to post this as a project soon.
God bless.
Pabull.
Thanks Smitty. It has been fun to build.

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Just needs to get a coat of lacquer.

I found a little time between driving kids to dancing lessons, cleaning the pool, checking on the crew in the greenhouses (working overtime on Saturday), to work on the dresser. I have the feeling I started five other uncompleted projects while this dresser is waiting for attention.

But we finally got to the point that the dresser is complete, the top is on, the drawers all line up, the drawer fronts are on, the hardware is temporarily installed.

I am happy with the result.

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So here you have it. As soon as I have this dresser coated with lacquer, I will post it on LJ. Thanks for all your nice comments and encouragements.

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Just needs to get a coat of lacquer.

I found a little time between driving kids to dancing lessons, cleaning the pool, checking on the crew in the greenhouses (working overtime on Saturday), to work on the dresser. I have the feeling I started five other uncompleted projects while this dresser is waiting for attention.

But we finally got to the point that the dresser is complete, the top is on, the drawers all line up, the drawer fronts are on, the hardware is temporarily installed.

I am happy with the result.

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Furniture Drawer Cabinetry Wood Chest of drawers


Cabinetry Dresser Table Drawer Chest of drawers


So here you have it. As soon as I have this dresser coated with lacquer, I will post it on LJ. Thanks for all your nice comments and encouragements.

Pabull.
Thanks, Len, it's been fun.

Smitty, it's all about the eyes. Thanks.

Willie, only you can steel any of my ideas. Maybe I need to help you out with some of the padouk, lol.

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