Stickley / Ellis 913 Dresser

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Project by RipFence posted 02-16-2015 04:09 AM 1934 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a few pics of a dresser I just finished building for my wife. Its a Gustav Stickley model 913 designed by Harvey Ellis in about 1903. Ammonia fumed quarter sawn white oak. I just applied the first coat of T & T Danish Oil finish. All joints are dowel pinned mortise and tenon (some double tenons). Drawers are through-dovetails cut on the tablesaw and bandsaw using the method described by Duginske with false fronts applied.
Color from the fuming varied a lot but that’s to be expected and gives it a bit of character. Naturally I see a lot of mistakes but I’m pretty happy with it overall. My wife seems to like it and my daughter want’s one now. Hand hammered, oiled bronze drawer pulls from Chris at Craftsmen Hardware set it off nicely.
Its been a real learning process and I’m a different woodworker now than when I started.

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#1 posted 02-16-2015 04:54 AM

Nicely Done! Is there only one drawer pull on the bottom drawer? Love the figure of that QSWO

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#2 posted 02-16-2015 12:10 PM

Instant heirloom. I know you mentioned the unevenness in color but it works for the piece. Sorry, got to ask a ditto on Lukes drawer pull question.

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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#3 posted 02-16-2015 01:15 PM

great job! nice build for sure. If you don’t mind my asking what are the dimensions? I am looking to build something similar for my wife and i think you have some good ideas here!!!

-- Jeff Lemont, IL.

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#4 posted 02-16-2015 02:33 PM

very nice work

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#5 posted 02-16-2015 03:12 PM

Hi Guys:
Thanks for the positive feedback!
Yes, why is a drawer pull missing? I ordered 12 and I received a box. The box was open for a while so I could measure and properly drill for the pulls. When I went to put them all on, I only found 11. So either I misplaced one or I only got 11 in the box. Worse case is that I buy another one. Best case is its either somewhere I haven’t looked yet or its sitting on a bench at Craftsmen Hardware.
Its 50” tall to the top (not to the backsplash). The top is 20” deep by 36” wide. The case is 19 1/2” deep by 32 1/2” wide (widest part of the tapered sides).
I got a lot of help in the build process from the measured drawings by Bob Lang and from the blog Tree Frog Furniture I should have taken lots of picks of the build process and various details but I just didn’t do a good job of that.
If I do another one (which seems likely because now both daughters want one) I will probably go with frame and panel sides so the front to back part of the drawer dividers won’t have to accommodate wood movement.

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#6 posted 02-16-2015 06:42 PM

Really nice, I have had this dresser on my to do list for a while now. Thanks for posting.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#7 posted 02-16-2015 07:25 PM

beautiful dresser – very impressed
I really like your statement “I’m a different woodworker now than when I started.”
It’s a great feeling when that happens – congrats

-- Greg Simon

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#8 posted 02-16-2015 07:54 PM

wow nice work and very well done too.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#9 posted 02-17-2015 01:09 AM

This turned out beautifully! And it looks like you got some good practice in—will serve you well for the daughters dressers!

-- Dean

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#10 posted 02-17-2015 02:12 AM

Yes, thanks, its a great feeling when it finally does happen…. but the events that lead to that point can be (were) pretty painful. I’ll spare you the details of all the beautiful QS Oak and clear Hard Maple that I turned into planer chips, saw dust, and firewood.

beautiful dresser – very impressed
I really like your statement “I’m a different woodworker now than when I started.”
It s a great feeling when that happens – congrats

- gsimon

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#11 posted 02-17-2015 06:28 AM

Beautiful dresser with such lovely details. The figure in that white oak is really something special, and those dovetails are so handsome.
Great work.

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