LumberJocks

Boy's Cherry and Walnut Dresser #1: Designing A New Dresser for Our New Son

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Patrick Jaromin posted 2182 days ago 2683 reads 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Boy's Cherry and Walnut Dresser series Part 2: Legs shaped, sides assembled and Ouch! »

A few months back, we learned that we were expecting our third child. My wife, the youngest of five kids, is adamant that this child have their very own crib and dresser. Who am I to argue? A couple weeks ago we learned it was a boy – so, I set off to design and build a “masculine” dresser.

Inspiration

My first step was to review some of my favorite projects on lumberjocks.com. I’ve added references to these projects at the end of this post. They’re all excellent…check ‘em out!

Perspiration

With those pieces in mind, I set out to design the new dresser. Here’s my current Sketchup rendering:


The light colored wood represents cherry and the dark, walnut. I spent some time debating reversing the side panels, that is, using walnut for the frame and cherry for the raised panel. This seems somehow more “right” since it more closely echos the drawer/face frame arrangement of the front. Howver, I just didn’t like the look as well. Feel free to tell me if you think otherwise! Also, since I enjoyed the “hand cut dovetail” process so much on the kid's bench project, I figured I’d do a whole bunch of ‘em for the drawers. I’d never really considered using through dovetails for drawers, but I liked the look of them so well on the design references below, I figured I’d give ‘em a try here!



Decisions Remain

I’m still unsure what I want to use for pulls. I’m nearly positive that I will be crafting them in the shop out of hardwood…but I’m still looking for just the right design. Anyone have any ideas? Also, as with most of my pieces, I intend to customize this one with an inlay or two. I’m still unsure of the “what” and “where” at this point. I’m considering a pattern that cuts across a number of drawer fronts—but with the child due to arrive in early November, that may simply be too much to finish in time!

Google SketchUp!

Here’s my SketchUp drawing for anyone who’s interested in playing with it.

I’ve yet to cut my first board and wholeheartedly welcome any suggestions, comments or criticisms (preferably constructive ;) ).

cherrywalnutdresser.skp

Design References

There are many examples of inspiring design and craftsmanship on lumberjocks.com. Here are the ones I used while working on my design. Thanks, guys!

Click for details

Click for details

Click for details

Click for details

(Originally posted at http://tenonandspline.com/blog/archives/81)

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL http://www.TenonAndSpline.com/blog



9 comments so far

View Timber4fun's profile

Timber4fun

215 posts in 2195 days


#1 posted 2182 days ago

Great sketchup. That is going to look terrific. You picked some great inspirational projects to work from. I made a canoe. Can you incorporate that into your design? :) I think it is wonderful that you have taken ideas from other LJ members. Kudos to you. I’ll be interested in seeing how it turns out. I could use one of those for myself.

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

View beaudex's profile

beaudex

64 posts in 2233 days


#2 posted 2182 days ago

Patrick,

This is quite a coincidence. I too am build a cherry dresser for my first son. I have been playing with a design I got from an older FWW article. The original set of of plans is very simliar to the one above by MattD. I am trying to make it larger but maintain the nice design lines.

I have all the rough cherry, I had not planned on using multiple species but seeing your design makes me rethink the idea. It would be interesting to see the 2 finished designs and products when we are done.

Cheers, and good luck.

Derek

-- Derek Tay, Venerate the Tree Design

View NICUTO's profile

NICUTO

27 posts in 2211 days


#3 posted 2182 days ago

Patrick,
I really like your rendering. it will be a great piece. Something like that is on my “to-do” list but no kids, for me! anyways, as for the side panels i think that you should swap ‘em. walnut frame with cherry panel. it will mimic the layout of the drawers better i think. smaller accent of walnut surrounding a larger section of flowing cherry grain. just my thoughts. good luck on this one. cant wait to see it!

Nick

-- Nick, Maine; www.nwbwoodworks.com/blog

View Patrick Jaromin's profile

Patrick Jaromin

348 posts in 2427 days


#4 posted 2182 days ago

Tim—thanks!

Derek – Congratulations! Yes, my wife is insistent that I make these on the ‘large’ side. My first one for my daughter is a bit small and simply won’t contain all of her clothes, even at 2-1/2! I’ll be updating the blog as I go—I’d love to see your piece as well.

Nick – I exported a modified version with the species in the side panels ‘flipped’...

Hmmm…..

Design alternative with walnut frame and cherry panels

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL http://www.TenonAndSpline.com/blog

View rtb's profile

rtb

1099 posts in 2308 days


#5 posted 2182 days ago

I agree with nick . I love both walnut & cherry but in this case the place for the walnut is definatly as an acent. I would consider walnut for the handels. Don’t under build , this is the kind of piece that should never be outgrown.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

View gizmodyne's profile

gizmodyne

1763 posts in 2685 days


#6 posted 2182 days ago

Good start. I suggest making the legs the left and right side of the frame like Todd’s. I would also do a flat panel to go along with the arts and crafts / asian feel.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

View Patrick Jaromin's profile

Patrick Jaromin

348 posts in 2427 days


#7 posted 2182 days ago

giz…

Yeah, I’m thinking you’re right about the panel. They may even be a good spot for some simple inlay work.

As for the legs, I wasn’t quite sure how to make the second curve in SketchUp…so I just left it flat in the front. And now you’ve made me admit it. :)

Thanks!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL http://www.TenonAndSpline.com/blog

View Grumpy's profile

Grumpy

19307 posts in 2446 days


#8 posted 2181 days ago

Looks great Patrick. I like that design.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

View ChicoWoodnut's profile

ChicoWoodnut

904 posts in 2410 days


#9 posted 2164 days ago

Hi Patrick. This piece is begging for some Krenov style handles IMO. Small and unobtrusive.

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase