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Project by Matt posted 05-19-2009 01:49 AM 1843 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this dresser for my mother as a late Mother’s Days present. I tried my best to match the rest of her furniture in her bedroom. It is made out of poplar and Baltic birch ply. It stands 44 and 1/2 inches tall by 42 inches wide and 15 inches deep. Hope you guys like it! I had a lot of trouble with the drawers, they still aren’t perfect.

Here are some pictures of it unpainted.





Not sure why it has the picture cut off.

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#1 posted 05-19-2009 02:08 AM

Very nice dresser indeed.
You had to choose between highliting the wood grain and matching the colour on putting
the finish, I guess.

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#2 posted 05-19-2009 02:20 AM

great job it looks very good

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 05-19-2009 02:25 AM

woodworm- Your absolutely right. I had to fight tooth and nail for it not to get painted. As you can see I gave in. :p

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#4 posted 05-19-2009 03:01 AM

very good work.. what’s the detail on the front corners? I like it..

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#5 posted 05-19-2009 03:26 AM

Dan Hux- Not sure what to call it but I can explain how I did it. It was copied from her nightstands. I ran a groove down long ways 1/4 inch about 3/16 high. Then I rounded it over with a block plane and files. Finished it off with sand paper. Came out better than I expected.

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#6 posted 05-19-2009 03:37 AM

Great job! nice details. I like all the pictures.

On the drawers was it just getting the spacing right? If so, I’ll sometimes put the drawer boxes in, use scrap wood for spacers and screw through the hardware hole on the outside. Then put the screws on the inside. If you can’t do that, hot glue it on. Let it set and then screw it from the inside.

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#7 posted 05-19-2009 03:40 AM

I thinks it’s great!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#8 posted 05-19-2009 04:00 AM

Really nice job. Great details.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 05-19-2009 04:11 AM

Thanks for the comments.

Chris Davis- I was using 1/8 shims but here the weather was wacky and some of the drawer faces warped pretty bad and what not. It was one hell of a time but I got it pretty close. But thanks for the tip!

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#10 posted 05-19-2009 05:08 AM

Nice dresser! I like the details around the top. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#11 posted 05-19-2009 05:19 AM

Looks nice, lucky mother! Thanks for sharing.


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#12 posted 05-19-2009 05:35 AM

change the jpeg file widths to 640 and they will fit the space


great dresser … you did a nice job

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#13 posted 05-19-2009 06:25 AM

Nice work and nice finish.

-- John

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#14 posted 05-20-2009 10:36 PM

luv the dresser also the sofa table very talented son your the best use your talent i was upset when i bought a new bedroom set w/ no dresser my son he could make me one to match had no idea it would come out so great and matched set very well

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#15 posted 09-29-2010 03:29 PM

Thats a nice dresser.

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