Maple and Elm Dresser

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Project by iozl posted 2023 days ago 1542 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project posting. Also, it’s only my second ‘case’ piece to date.

It’s all made out of locally harvested maple with local Siberian elm for the drawer fronts. Basic tung oil finish…
There’s definitely a great feeling when you replace a 12 year old kind-of-junky Ikea dresser with something you’ve made yourself.

My big lesson learned on this one was the bright idea I had to add biscuits to reinforce the miters. They really helped line the pieces up when I was doing the glue up, but once the clamps went on the #20 biscuits “blew” through the 7/8” maple. I think I’d do the same thing in the future, but I’ll use #0 biscuits instead and a little less “death” grip on the clamps.

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#1 posted 2023 days ago

Man that elm is lovely !! cant say Ive ever seen any before. (not that I know of anyways ) I really like how you did the base on it too.

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#2 posted 2023 days ago

I like what you did with the grain choices and also the base. It looks great.

-- making sawdust....

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#3 posted 2023 days ago

That is a graceful design, well executed. Did you design this yourself? Very clean and beautiful.

And that wood is gorgeous! As for the biscuit blowout, is that what we see at the top of the side panel on the third photo? What did you do to solve that issue? I would have planed them down and featured the result as what made this a “Bob’s Special” piece!

-- Bob Costello

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#4 posted 2023 days ago

The wood is so impressive…and the “locally harvested” part is very important. The future of woodworkers isn’t stripping the large forests of the world for wood…it’s using the local resources without waste…but that’s my opinion, I could be wrong.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#5 posted 2023 days ago

nicely done … too bad about the big biscuits

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 2022 days ago

Great case. I love the wood you chose.
The dovetailing looks very tight.
Truly a piece to appreciate.
Thanks for posting.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#7 posted 2018 days ago

i like this piece. scott

-- scott

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#8 posted 2017 days ago

Are those hand cut dovetails? and where did you get the idea for the base?...As for the miter issue a spline with real wood might be another solution. Nice work

-- Jeremy

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#9 posted 356 days ago

Looks very nice. The figure in the elm is great. If that’s anything like Chinese Elm, it’s a huge chore to work (almost impossible to hand plane with the interlocked grain) so you did well.

-- Allen, Colorado

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