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Walnut and Cherry Dresser with Changing Table and Mirror

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Project by spazinout posted 01-29-2016 04:44 PM 1555 views 10 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been a while since I posted anything, but here we are, finally. I started on this dresser/changing table a couple of months after my wife and I found out that we were going to be new parents.

The original chest of drawers design comes from The Wood Whisperer, Marc Spagnoulo. Of course, as wood workers, we can’t just get a plan and build it, we have to put our own spin on it, so there are some modifications. His original plan has the main case lifted up off the ground on legs. Being as my wife and I wanted to use it as a changing table, those were the first to go, to get it to a manageable height. Then part of the way through the process, Marc came out with another video and plan for a “woven rolling hamper.” Now I know this isn’t a hamper, but I absolutely fell in love with the look of the woven panel and knew I had to incorporate it into this build. (for all of you out there worried about having “open” sides, don’t worry, I was able to modify and get a 1/4 inch piece of plywood in behind the weave, so everything is closed).

Toward the end of the build I started having some real fun with the design of the top, the frame for the changing table pad, and the mirror that will replace the changing table frame once our little girl is older. I also made my own handles, something I’m glad I did, but don’t relish the idea of doing again. I think they compliment the dresser nicely, but I really struggled working with the small pieces.

All the main components are made of solid cherry and walnut, a combination that I can’t seem to get away from. Those two woods just seem to me to have been made for one another. Then the accents that you see on the top are quartersawn sycamore. I used the qtrswn sycamore for the drawers as well, as it was much cheaper, and the pieces were plenty wide, so that I didn’t have to glue up so many panels. All the drawers are dovetailed in the front and have pinned dadoes for the back.

Our little girl was due January 24th, but came a little early, on the 19th. So Daddy had to do the final assembly once we got back home. I can only hope that this will be a piece that she treasures for a lifetime. Thanks for looking





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Ben

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#1 posted 01-29-2016 08:54 PM

Wow – congratulations, both on your new baby and this beautiful piece! That is really awesome and I hope you sent the pics along to Marc Spagnuolo. I’ve seen both of those videos and I’m sure he’d be proud to see his designs incorporated into something so important for your family. Congrats!

Can you tell us what finish you used?

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#2 posted 01-29-2016 09:24 PM

very beautiful

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spazinout

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#3 posted 01-29-2016 09:49 PM


Can you tell us what finish you used?

- Ben

Thanks Ben, I did send this in to Marc. I’ve learned basically everything I know from his videos.

Sorry i forgot to include the finish. I used a wiping poly for the first time on this piece. Bought Zar Classic Poly and thinned 50% with mineral spirits. Everything else i’ve ever done I have used straight polyurethane on. This was FAR easier. Took a few more coats, but it made it so much easier that it was worth it. 7 coats in all, 5 gloss to build, and 2 coats of semi-gloss to knock down the shine just a bit

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#4 posted 01-30-2016 01:48 AM

That is nice! So many different styles

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#5 posted 01-30-2016 05:50 AM


Our little girl was due January 24th, but came a little early, on the 19th.
- spazinout

We almost shared a b-day, but she’s still an Aquarius and stylin’ in that drawer. Great craftsmanship dad!

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#6 posted 01-30-2016 01:39 PM

Wow, love that basket weave!
The cherry drawer fronts are gorgeous.

-- Doug...

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#7 posted 01-30-2016 04:06 PM

This is the most beautiful project on Ljs and the dresser is very cool too.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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spazinout

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#8 posted 01-30-2016 04:56 PM



This is the most beautiful project on Ljs and the dresser is very cool too.

- a1Jim

Thank you Jim! My wife is responsible for the beauty, all I contributed was the dresser, lol

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spazinout

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#9 posted 01-30-2016 05:01 PM

Thank you everyone for the kind words. I had hoped people would like the woven panels.

CampD – Thanks for commenting on the drawer fronts. I’ve really starting paying closer attention to grain patterns and placement. Those were the prettiest pieces I had, so I wanted to make them the star of the show.

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#10 posted 01-30-2016 10:48 PM

So many things to enjoy with this posting-of course the bundle of joy is the best.

The grain on the drawers, weave on the sides, the mixed wood pattern on the top & especially the hand made drawer handles-great details.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#11 posted 01-31-2016 03:26 AM

Very beautiful, both of them!
And, both a labor of love!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#12 posted 01-31-2016 02:40 PM

Out-friggin-standing. Love the weave.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#13 posted 02-05-2016 03:35 AM

Wow amazing build so many dynamics yet they tie in together so nicely. The drawer fronts are beautiful!

-- Jason,WI "Whether you believe you can or believe you can't you are right!"

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#14 posted 02-05-2016 03:39 AM

Very very nice wood & workmanship. Please if you could what dimensions are your woven slats?

M

-- Madmark - Madmark2150@yahoo.com Wiretreefarm.com

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spazinout

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#15 posted 02-05-2016 04:17 PM



Very very nice wood & workmanship. Please if you could what dimensions are your woven slats?

M

- MadMark

Thank you. The woven slats are different for the two different varieties. The vertical walnut slats are 2” wide and 3/16” thick. The horizontal cherry slats that are woven through the others were 1.75” wide and 1/8” thick. A friend of mine let me use his drum sander to get everything that thin. For really good instruction I recommend watching Marc’s video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xryRYXE87f0

Thanks again!

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