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My first real project. This is a dresser for my oldest daughter.

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Project by Russ Anderson posted 04-18-2009 05:06 AM 1039 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
My first real project. This is a dresser for my oldest daughter.
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Before my oldest daughter was born I decided to build her a dresser. I wanted it to be something that was beautiful and could not be found at a store. I knew I wanted to use maple and cherry for contrast. That decision began a family tradition. This was the first project that I took on. I built the whole thing in my backyard, which at the time was about 15’ x 10’. For this dresser I created the drawer fronts by gluing a solid strip of cherry in between two solid pieces of maple. The two pieces of maple were cut from the same board. So, if you look at the grain it lines up above and below the cherry.

-- Russ





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jim1953

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#1 posted 04-18-2009 05:20 AM

Great lookin dresser

-- Jim, Kentucky

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Russ Anderson

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#2 posted 04-18-2009 05:37 AM

Thanks Jim. I was pretty excited about it at the time. Now that I have been building things for 8 years I see all of my mistakes, but that’s how it works right!

-- Russ

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Junji

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#3 posted 04-18-2009 05:50 AM

Well done for the first project. And the color combination works really good too.
So she has been using this for 8 years now? How does the dresser turn out after these years? She must be very proud of a great dad.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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#4 posted 04-18-2009 06:00 PM

Another winner . Your the dresser guy.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Russ Anderson

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#5 posted 04-19-2009 06:22 PM

I finished it a month or two before she was born. A couple of things that I notice now that I have more experience and better tools are; the drawer front’s aren’t flat, I didn’t have a planer at the time, the detail routing around the edges of the drawer fronts is less than perfect, the finish on the sides have very aparent brush strokes from the laquer. I’m sure I’ll refinish it eventually and when that time comes I’ll plane the fronts and re-rout them.

-- Russ

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#6 posted 04-19-2009 06:30 PM

Russ, this is a pretty good looking dresser. And you used my favorite wood combination as well. I really like the cherry accent that you added to the piece. The cherry adds visual interest to the dresser.

Without a doubt we are our own worst critics. We tend to focus on the “flaws” in our work more so than other people. The dresser looks pretty good to me. Your daughter certainly has a unique piece of furniture that is now a family heirloom.

Thanks for the post and the story behind it.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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