Zachary's Lifetime Dresser #1: The Beginning.

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Blog entry by Weth posted 12-25-2012 04:18 AM 1272 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Dear myself,
I am almost done with my Bed for Joshua. The linseed oil is drying and it is waiting for the oil based polyurethane. I am taking a few days break to make sure that the Linseed Oil is good a dry. Also, I do not want to make any last minute mistakes. (I always get rushed at the end of the project because I am excited. The rush has a double whammy effect because I do not have the next thing in the pipeline.)

I am using this time to plan my next project. It will be a Lifetime dresser for Zachary. I do not know what to call this thing that I have designed. It is similar to a Gentleman’s Chest. It will have 5 drawers, 1 cabinet/bookshelf, and 1 media shelf. My thinking is that he will be able to use it for his entire life because it can perform many roles.

Right now I am thinking through the little details that is required when you design the project yourself. I am very new to personal wood working. I have only been doing it for 20 months or so. In the middle of that 20 months, I moved from Denver to Lancaster. Much of that time my shop was not functioning.

Anyway, here are some of the fine details.
Looking to get rigidity from the back plate Apron and top member
No dust covers. The books make them seem useless and adds weight to this already hefty chest.

Wood = Plain sawn maple except for the top and side panels which will be quarter sawn lyptus.
Looking to us as much 4/4 lumber as possible.

Concealed hinges x1 (have not decided the model yet)
Undermount draw slides x5 552H 21.87 delivered
Flap hinge x2 Dimensions:
Drawer faces will be over lap
Space between drawers front = 1/2”
Drawer lip thickness will be 1/4 (maybe 3/8”)
Drawer clearance will be 1/4” top to bottom and side to side.
Drawer bottom and center support will be aromatic cedar.
The look right at 2” which would mean 4 layers of glue up or veneers. (maybe 1 1/2”)
Apron will have a 1” drop with an ellipse Finish
Straight oil based polyurethane.

Questions yet to answer
Which drawer slide to use?
Drawer will be false fronts or part of the drawer?
What will the base stock be? Birch plywood?
Need to look at the shaker curio for drawer ideas.
How do I balance more drawer over lap which will look better and the thickness of the fall front and the frame showing? Maybe I need to move from 3/4” faces to 1.5” faces…

-- Weth

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