Cherry and Maple Dresser for my Son

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Project by tyschroed posted 11-08-2014 08:27 PM 2219 views 20 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to make a dresser for my son who’s due in January – something he could keep and use throughout his life.

So, I came up with this design. The sides and top are solid cherry, drawer fronts are figured maple, and the drawers are all poplar. The drawer pulls are made from angle iron, and then powder coated.

For construction, I mitered the side panels together, using biscuits to help align everything. The dust frames were attached using sliding dovetails to allow for wood movement. Drawers were constructed with dovetails in the front pinned with dowels in the back.

Finish consists of 7 coats of Waterlox, wet sanding with 400 grit after the third coat, and buffing it out with 0000 steel wool at the end.

If you’re interested in more details on the build, I have a gallery here with more photos of the process:

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#1 posted 11-08-2014 10:33 PM

Excellent design and wood choices. He will be proud to have it. I would. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 11-09-2014 01:20 AM

Wow! Great work. That is a really cool design.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#3 posted 11-09-2014 02:14 AM

That is stunning. Great design and execution.

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY

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#4 posted 11-09-2014 01:43 PM

Very nice dresser. My son is due in February. I should start thinking of something for him… but unsure I’m ready to make something quite this complicated yet.

Excellent work!

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#5 posted 11-09-2014 02:20 PM

Very impressive. I really enjoyed your build page as well. Thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 11-09-2014 08:03 PM

Excellent design and execution. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#7 posted 11-09-2014 08:29 PM

Ouww nice stuff!
Like the way the lines in the wood “flows” across the front. Like the different kinds of wood together.
And the overall design is good as well. sort of midcentury’ish. Did you have any inspiration or is it all your own?

Thanks for sharing!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#8 posted 11-09-2014 10:41 PM

nice clean contemporary look..

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#9 posted 11-10-2014 06:18 AM

Really nice looking dresser! Great job!

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#10 posted 11-10-2014 07:16 PM

Such an awesome design, very clean lines love it

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#11 posted 12-02-2014 04:23 AM

Beautiful design. Beautiful craftsmanship. Beautiful product.

-- Noel

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#12 posted 12-16-2015 04:08 AM

Looking good, I am working on a project that I used maple and cherry with the cherry finished with Waterlox and maple finished with linseed oil and shellac and man does it look nice. I will post pictures when I finish it.

-- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. -Ephesians 6:10-11

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#13 posted 12-16-2015 11:59 PM

It’s a very nice piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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