Handmade Cherry Dresser

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Project by Speakgeek posted 12-18-2015 09:40 PM 740 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the dresser that I made for my daughter. It is the first real piece of furniture that I have made. I started building it four years ago after reading The Joiner and the Cabinet Maker. It is made almost entirely by hand with my collection of vintage Stanley planes and chisels. It has been a learning process and I have worked on it off and on for 4 years. It is made from rough Kentucky black cherry harvested from a local farm in Dry Ridge, Kentucky. I planed all the boards flat using a scrub plane and then ran them through a thickness planer. Poplar was used for the drawer sides and bottoms. The drawers have hand cut half blind dovetails in the front and through dovetails at the back. I plowed grooves in the front and sides of the drawers using a Stanley 45 plane. I made full dust panels for the drawer dividers using mortise and tenon joints for the frames and some southern yellow pine boards inserted in grooves. The back of the dresser is made from cherry as well but unlike the book I did not make it frame and panel. Instead I made it from individual tongue and groove boards I plowed with the Stanley 45. The finish is a semi gloss polyurethane thinned 50/50 with mineral spirits and wiped on.

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#1 posted 12-18-2015 09:53 PM

Bravo. You have created a fine piece.

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#2 posted 12-19-2015 03:48 AM

Super nice build, great looking piece. Like the cherry, great wood for furniture. Nice work, especially for a first.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 12-19-2015 01:54 PM

Great build, looks very good congrats on your 1st. built your daughter will cherish it for many,many years.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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