Mid Century Modern Dresser

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Project by hybridn00b posted 05-31-2015 05:11 AM 1924 views 14 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Six drawer dresser for my future daughter. Walnut drawer fronts with routed finger pulls. Poplar base and drawer boxes. Baltic birch ply casework trimmed with poplar. General Finishes Arm-R-Seal on the drawer fronts. Shellac on the drawer box. The casework is all primed and painted with a gel trim and door paint.

This was a project of many firsts for me, starting with color and grain matching. Got very familiar with mortise and tenon joinery! First time with tapers, so i had to construct a quick jig…definitely room for improvement on the jig itself, but the results were great! Also, first time with half blind dovetails ( yes i use a jig!!!....go ahead and judge :))

I definitely learned a lot during this project and know where i can make improvements on future projects! Thanks for checking it out!

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#1 posted 05-31-2015 08:29 AM

Love the contrast between dark and light. A great piece of crafted furniture!

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#2 posted 05-31-2015 11:47 AM

Lovely dresser! Like the simplicity and hidden details..
Thanks for sharing

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

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#3 posted 05-31-2015 11:51 AM

Well done. Nice pictures too

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#4 posted 05-31-2015 12:34 PM

Nice job. Contrast in color looks great.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#5 posted 05-31-2015 07:56 PM

Great job! “Judging” by the photos, I believe you used the jig well :)
I am a big fan of using dovetail jigs; accuracy and repeatability are important IMHO. Also, I share the same view point as Matthias Wandel in regards to hand cut dovetails.

-- Jon "That's about as close as I can eyeball it"

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#6 posted 06-01-2015 12:34 AM

Nice looking dresser!


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#7 posted 06-01-2015 02:21 AM

great looking dresser

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#8 posted 06-01-2015 03:19 AM


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#9 posted 06-01-2015 03:46 AM

That style is a great way to show off the grain in the drawer fronts! Nice choices.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 06-01-2015 11:48 AM

I love this dresser. You did an outstanding job on the design and the build. I use both hand cut and band saw cut dovetails, depending on the build, and I don’t judge those who use other methods. You did a great job on your dovetails. The reason I use these two methods is to get the look of thin pins. Your future daughter will be very pleased and could some day hand the dresser down to your future granddaughter. Congratulations on a heirloom build. Outstanding Sir, outstanding!

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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