Watch this video to take a quick tour of the furniture I’ve made for our guest bedroom. There are only two major pieces in this bedroom; a dresser and a bed.
This is a Norm Abrams design dresser. The primary wood is cherry and the secondary wood is poplar. The drawers are dovetailed and also have solid wood drawer guides attached to the bottom. I made this before I owned a lathe, so the knobs are an ugly mushroom style that I purchased. Notice the through dovetails on the base of the case. These add an interesting detail and make the base very strong.
A note on the drawer dovetails. I used half-blind dovetails on the drawer front and through dovetails on the drawer back on this early project. I now use half-blind dovetails on the front and the back of the drawer. There is no use setting up the jig twice, so sticking with half-blind dovetails simplifies things a bit.
The bed is solid cherry with cleats inside the bed rails that support a series of soft maple slats. This allowed me to forgo a box spring and increase storage under the bed. Stubby one-inch tenons register the rails to the posts and the joint is held solid by 3/8” bed bolts. Solid brass covers hide the heads of the bolts. This clean style is quite solid and stands the test of time. My wife is making a bed skirt to hide what is stored under the bed.
The last room I will blog is my stepson’s room. I need to get a rake out on Monday to prepare to film in there!
-- Mark, Minnesota