Building a Houseful of Furniture #4: Guest Bedroom

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 04-13-2013 11:42 PM 1858 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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

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#1 posted 04-14-2013 12:44 AM

You have made some beautiful furniture of some very nice wood. Looks like family heirlooms to me.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 04-14-2013 12:53 AM

Thanks. I’m well along on a wardrobe for my daughter’s wedding present. Part way through, I realized she might rather have her mom’s wardrobe (she passed away in 2009.) I gave my daughter the choice and she chose her mom’s wardrobe/dresser combination. The Dr. White’s chest I’m currently building will go to my wife, that’s a win-win with a family heirloom built over 23 years ago ;0)

-- Mark, Minnesota

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