Arts and Crafts 6 Drawer Dresser #1: Legs and Side Panel Glueups

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 12-11-2012 06:30 PM 4520 reads 14 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I started the dresser like I start most of my projects, by laminating up some legs. I am making two dressers, so 8 legs were in order.

I cut strips of 3/4” quartersawn red oak, and resawed a few of them. I could then glue 3 pieces together to get my leg width. Finally, I glued on 1/4” thick stock to cover my jointlines. After the glue dries, I plane the thickness of these veneers to about 3/32”. That way, I get quartersawn grain on all 4 sides.

I then milled stopped grooves in the legs. This will accept the frame and panels that make up the side of the dresser.

The grooves are 1/4” x 3/4” deep, and stop 2” from the bottom of the leg.

Then I started gluing up some panels for the sides of the dresser.

I milled up some rails with a dado blade.

Dry fitting the rails helps me see that I like the overall look of the side panels.

A 1/2” thick panel is resting behind the frame as a mock-up.

The front lower rail features a gentle arch. I like the overall look of the classic Harvey Ellis 9 drawer dresser, but the details were not right for me. So I designed this version with a lower stance, and more subtle arch.

The lower front rail attaches to the legs with through tenons. I am always impressed how much strength a few through tenons add to a project.

Next up will be smoothing the 1/2” side panels, rabbeting the legs for a rear panel, and cutting peg mortises.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#1 posted 12-11-2012 06:44 PM

Very good blog Willie

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#2 posted 12-11-2012 09:59 PM

Love it Willie. Please, Please, Please continue the blog on this dresser. I live for blogs like this.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#3 posted 12-11-2012 10:45 PM

Lookin good, Willie. I’ll be following this one for sure. I bet you’ll be done with yours before I’m done with mine.

-- Kyle

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#4 posted 12-23-2012 12:44 PM

This is pretty amazing…. that’s the next piece I want to build!

Having built all my stickley spindle chairs, and now the keyhole strestle table is half done….. got my eye on the bedroom. Thanks for blazing the trail for us!

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