|Project by rdwile||posted 04-22-2014 03:00 PM||1237 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
This was a request from my son that started out as just a bed. So I made the bed, which is just a headboard attached to the metal rails he had. Next I made a nightstand, and then another nightstand and then the lamps which are modelled after one I had seen as a prop in the Thomas Moser showroom in Maine.
After this past Christmas I thought that the dresser he had in his apartment which was from his bedroom set as a child, needed upgrading; so a dresser was in order. I started designing a dresser and thought it would not be too much extra work to make a chest at the same time. So I built a model…
I am glad I decided to build both concurrently, as I was able to mill everything for both pieces at the same time, saving work dramatically; since I knew he would need one down the road.
All the exposed pieces are cherry, including the ship-lapped side panels which were some nasty spalted cherry boards which should have been firewood. The interior support pieces are all soft maple.
A couple of extra photos are included, one is the drawing and models I built to work out the dimensions and ensure the design would not suck, this helped a lot. I like to think things through completely before building, especially on something made completely from my head. The interior is a series of web frames tying the sides together and providing solid support for the drawers.
Lots of mortises…
And of course lots of tenons…
Also with so many parts it was necessary to keep things well organized.
There are lots more pictures on the build on my blog, including construction details. Drop on over.
-- Richard D. Wile, http://richard-wile.blogspot.ca/