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Pine Shaker Closet Dresser #1: Designing and materials

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Blog entry by PaBull posted 02-20-2012 05:52 PM 3881 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Pine Shaker Closet Dresser series Part 2: Gluing, pocket holes and stanley #45 »

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower



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Bertha

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#1 posted 02-20-2012 05:53 PM

I love me some Shaker! this is going to be an ambitious project. Consider me tuned in!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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PaBull

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#2 posted 02-20-2012 05:55 PM

Thanks Bertha, I might need the LJ support on this one.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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Bertha

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#3 posted 02-20-2012 05:57 PM

^I don’t know how much help I’ll be…but I’ll watch real good! I’m actually doing a shaker linen chest right now. I’m about at the same stage you are; just milled up about 1/2 the stock. Mine will be two doors up top; three graduated drawers on the bottom. I’m debating b/w pine and poplar for the secondary wood. Maybe I’ll wait to see how yours goes:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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willie

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#4 posted 02-21-2012 12:29 AM

Looking forward to seeing this project! Keep us informed.

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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Martyroc

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#5 posted 02-21-2012 12:38 AM

Good project, I will keep checking you progress. Would love to see the finished project.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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PaBull

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#6 posted 02-21-2012 01:25 AM

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.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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Dennisgrosen

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#7 posted 02-21-2012 12:23 PM

if you come in trouble you know we will be here for you…..
to make you more confused and delay you as much as we can
with the goal of not letting you finish it …. before we have excaminated
every mm of it including all the dust and chips you make …. :-P

take care
Dennis

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PaBull

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#8 posted 02-21-2012 03:07 PM

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.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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PaBull

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#9 posted 02-21-2012 08:00 PM

Dennis, just kidding….
;-P

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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Bertha

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#10 posted 02-21-2012 08:11 PM

^lol. I didn’t know what was going on! :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Dennisgrosen

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#11 posted 02-21-2012 08:37 PM

got confused Bertha then wait for the next toturial
can he get the wood into the closet … will he ever come out of it again :-)

Dennis

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mafe

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#12 posted 02-21-2012 10:34 PM

Lovely shaves, looks like this is going to be a lovely one to follow.
Look forward to see the guitar drawer… Smiles.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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PaBull

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#13 posted 02-21-2012 10:44 PM

Your such a funny guy Mads. I will do the guitar drwaer for you, or mabe an ukulele one.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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mafe

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#14 posted 02-21-2012 11:03 PM

Smiles my friend.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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