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Blog series by PaBull updated 04-23-2012 11:00 PM 6 parts 28426 reads 48 comments total

Part 1: Designing and materials

02-20-2012 05:52 PM by PaBull | 14 comments »

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 ...

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Part 2: Gluing, pocket holes and stanley #45

02-21-2012 04:06 PM by PaBull | 10 comments »

Today I went ahead and got the boards for the top and sides all cut up. The sides are nice and straight. And we are gluing up the boards. I do them one board at a time. this way I have a better control over the alignment of the boards and I have to do less planing and or sanding later. Below is an other picture with the designing of the dresser. I used a FWW magazine to get some inspiration on how the build the “guts” of a dresser. I need to see this coming together still. ...

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Part 3: Drawers, the "Fruit of the Loom", size matters

02-26-2012 08:44 PM by PaBull | 5 comments »

“Size matters on drawers” Time to get down to the drawers. It’s kinna like getting into the underwear (not in a dirty way) of the cabinet. Call it the “Fruit of the Loom?”.When making drawers, size matters, so I will work on getting every 1/8” I can (or mm for you, Europeans). The first step is making the face frame thin. Or in this case, no face frame, just 3/4” thick dividers. European style cabinets are a good way to do this, I just don’...

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Part 4: Shaker design; secret compartment

03-04-2012 02:40 AM by PaBull | 9 comments »

I wanted to show off the little progress I made so far….. The drawers are going together: Here you can see how I used a wooden clamp, clamped to the bench to hold the back of the drawer upright in a 90, while i nail the front on. Once you have the front on, the rest comes easy. Lots of guys make a big deal about jigs they come up with, but I never saw the purpose of them. To get the drawer all the way square, we handle this when the bottom comes on. Wait…. look cl...

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Part 5: Drawer fronts mounted

04-13-2012 02:21 PM by PaBull | 5 comments »

Debbie had to show the world my secret drawer by posting my blog it on her monthly email, well now everybody knows my secret, blah. This dresser is slow going. It has been a while since I have worked on it or posted a blog on it. Last night the kids were watching a movie and my wife was happy quilting upstairs, so I had no excuse not to work on it. The drawers were all in place, but I still had to tweak the slides a little to keep them from rocking. This take a bit of work and it is...

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Part 6: Just needs to get a coat of lacquer.

04-23-2012 11:00 PM by PaBull | 5 comments »

I found a little time between driving kids to dancing lessons, cleaning the pool, checking on the crew in the greenhouses (working overtime on Saturday), to work on the dresser. I have the feeling I started five other uncompleted projects while this dresser is waiting for attention. But we finally got to the point that the dresser is complete, the top is on, the drawers all line up, the drawer fronts are on, the hardware is temporarily installed. I am happy with the result. ...

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