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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 10-09-2012 04:58 PM 1489 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Along my route this morning I spotted a chest of drawers on the curb. One drawer was out and on the top of the dresser so I could see it was solid wood without the wide dado so often found on modern furniture. So on my return trip I stopped and hefted the eight drawer dresser in my Impreza wagon. At home I knocked it apart and then cleaned up most of the wood, removing nails and staples. This is the yield of useful wood I got:

From the drawer sides (above) I get 16 1/2 in. thick wood pieces from which I can cut a useable piece 5 inches x 14 in. and 8 pieces from which I can cut 5 in. x 16 in. These are glued up pieces, but they are solid wood and I don’t think it’s pine.

In sheet goods, I got a piece of 1/4 in. plywood measuring 30in. x 35 in., 2 sheets of 3/16 in. plywood measuring 12 1/2 in. x 31 in., and 8 pieces measuring 1 1/2 in. x 16 in.

The top is a 3/4 in. glue up and measures about 16 in. x 37 in. The legs have a small portion of useable wood as well as the 8 drawer fronts (forgot to photograph,) which are solid wood.

I still have to clean up the sticks that were inside the carcass as drawer slides and such.

Some of this wood is finished on one side, but other than that I think it was a great find on a clear October morning. Now let’s see what I can make with it… Let the fun begin!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 10-09-2012 06:00 PM

Nice amount of wood. It wil be interesting to see what use you can find for it.

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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#2 posted 10-09-2012 06:14 PM

Nice score.
Surprising the amount of wood you got out of it.

-- The greatest risk is not taking one...

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#3 posted 10-09-2012 06:34 PM

you can half the size of the drawers
and make a 16 drawers toolcabinet for the shop
with out the need for cuting dovetails …. LOL

congrats with the freebee :-)


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#4 posted 10-17-2012 12:08 AM

This wood reacts to my vinegar and rusty nail stain just like oak! It would be white oak if anything.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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