12 drawer Beaded Face Frame Dresser

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Project by Jay Boutwell posted 04-05-2015 08:21 PM 1297 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another beaded face frame dresser that I built using the pocket hole technology and the beading system designed by Marc Sommerfeld. The construction is solid alder 13/16” stock edge glued into blanks for panels. The drawers are dove tailed 1/2” thick alder and ride on full extension ball bearing slides. The dresser rolls on rollers allowing easy mobility.

This is the link to a slide show that shows the building of the beaded face frame as well as the construction method of this build.

-- Jay-- Cabinet Technology

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#1 posted 04-06-2015 01:00 AM

beautiful work Jay.

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#2 posted 04-06-2015 03:37 AM

Great looking piece. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#3 posted 04-06-2015 05:09 AM

Great looking dresser Jay…thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 04-06-2015 08:10 AM

Hello David Dean, dnick, and Hawaiidad, Thank you so much for the nice comments. It is an inspiration to be part of this group and to have met such fine gentlemen who has working as an interest. I will be taking a look at your pages and project posts soon.

-- Jay-- Cabinet Technology

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#5 posted 04-06-2015 11:00 AM

The presentation of this project was impressive. I really like the horizontal and vertical beaded face. Not only professional, but balanced as well. Nice work Jay.

-- DonB

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#6 posted 04-06-2015 02:42 PM

Hi DonB, Thank you for your kindness and glad that you like what you saw. I like to do the presentations using a slide show as it gives the viewer an idea as to how it is built. There are multiple ways of building a beaded face frame from doiont it the old fashioned way of cutting a seperate bead and then fitting and gluing and nailing it onto the the face frame to using a variety od hand scrappers and finally new technology. It takes time to do this and you have to be accurate as the outcome of the total piece depends on the final fitting of the drawers. The beading system that I used here is easy and the most accurate of all the methods I have used in the past. With a table saw and a simple router table a person can get all the tooling that he needs for less than $250.00.

-- Jay-- Cabinet Technology

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#7 posted 04-06-2015 06:18 PM

The beaded look is so refined, and elegant. Wow!!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#8 posted 04-07-2015 03:40 PM

Hi exelectrician, Thank you for viewing my project, Yes the beaded face frame really make a drawer or even a door project look exceptionally well.

-- Jay-- Cabinet Technology

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#9 posted 04-08-2015 12:17 AM

Nice work, do lots of beading myself, it really adds nice detail.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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