My wife and I will soon start building our dream home in the country. When it’s completed, we’ll be absent both quality furniture to fill it and spare cash to buy any. It’s quite the dilemma. Fortunately, she likes the Stickley/Craftsman style and I have a nice stack of cherry. The plan is for me to build a bedroom set to replace our current collection of hand-me-downs and discount pieces from the meatball place.
We did some looking and both agreed that we liked the Harvey Ellis collection best. The long-term (emphasis on long) plan is to build the iconic 9-drawer dresser, a matching lowboy, and a pair of matching 3-drawer nightstands. I’ll tackle the nightstands now and save the big pieces for when the move is complete.
I did all my planning in SketchUp. Please send me a message if you’d like the file and I’d be happy to share it. As an aside, I cannot overstate the value of learning SketchUp: it’s fantastic. From the rendering, you can see I stayed fairly true to the original design, only softening the arches and adding some rails to the side panels. Why mess with history?
I’ll break this blog up by the various components (legs, rails, etc) but it’s not necessarily the order in which things are done. Presenting things completely linearly gets confusing, so please consider this a reference guide on the build rather than a set of instructions. And woodworking doesn’t pay the bills in this house, so excuse me if the time between entries is weeks, rather than days.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the blog. There are FAR better woodworkers on this site than me, but I think we all have something to share and contribute.