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Project by Scott C. posted 04-21-2016 02:08 PM 3322 views 32 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this dresser for my newborn daughter. It’s being used as a changing table now and will hopefully be something she takes with her when she’s grown up. It’s made of white oak and purple heart. The white oak came from grandpa’s backyard and the purple heart ties in with the rest of the nursery’s purple accents. Finish is aqua-coat grain filler and General Finishes HP poly. We wanted to keep the finish very light as the rest of the furniture in the room is birch and maple. The inspiration came from some Darrell Peart designs, and was simplified for our aesthetic tastes. It doesn’t have quite as many of the embellishments as a traditional Greene and Greene design.

Overall I’m happy with it, however there’s always some changes I would make. I discovered during the course of this project that most of my stash of oak was very straight grained, possibly rift or quarter sawn, not much cathedral grains (which is great, not a fan of flat sawn oak). I wanted the drawers to be single pieces and nothing in my stash was that wide, so I bought some flat sawn from the lumber store. The contrast between the flat swan and my stash was greater then I anticipated, I may or may not replace those drawer fronts down the road.

I also wanted to use wood on wood drawer guides, but has trouble fitting them and getting them to slide smoothly. Ultimately I ended up using regular ball bearing drawer slides, which I think is a better choice considering the dresser will be heavily used by a child.

-- measure twice, cut once, swear and start over.





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#1 posted 04-21-2016 02:13 PM

Wonderful dresser Scott great workmanship.

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#2 posted 04-21-2016 02:16 PM

Nicely done.

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#3 posted 04-21-2016 02:16 PM

I totally agree with Jim. A truly beautiful piece. Let’s hope she doesn’t get the idea to paint it down the road. Those top outside drawer cuts really set the piece off.

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#4 posted 04-21-2016 03:00 PM

Scott, a really great looking piece. Fit and finish is outstanding. Your space between the curved drawer fronts and the frame is perfect. Thanks for sharing and I hope your daughter enjoys and appreciates it for years and years to come.

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#5 posted 04-21-2016 03:19 PM

Beautifully executed. It’s an instant family heirloom that your daughter will treasure when she’s older. Congrats on the birth of your daughter and the fine work on this beautiful piece of furniture!

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#6 posted 04-21-2016 03:49 PM

Phenomenal. I love the lines. Just a fantastic design. Well done!

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#7 posted 04-21-2016 04:14 PM

That is a beautiful dresser, and I love the “cloud lift” design in the top drawers. I am a huge fan of G&G style, and you did an awesome job.

-- Josh, Missouri

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#8 posted 04-21-2016 04:53 PM

Looks fabulous from where I’m sitting Scott!
Real heirloom stuff – Love the curved frontage.
One question – is flat swan some sort of roadkill? :o)

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#9 posted 04-21-2016 05:18 PM

Really beautiful. It’s clear this was built with love!

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#10 posted 04-21-2016 06:46 PM

Excellent design. I really like the curvature of the upper/middle drawers. It makes the entire face original and attractive.

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#11 posted 04-21-2016 06:49 PM

Realy awesome design uplifted with G&G details. I like this curved and broken board which separates upper drwers with others. Handles are especialy good looking. Definately deserves Daily top 3.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 04-21-2016 07:21 PM

Wow! Ditto to what someone said about hoping it doesn’t get painted somewhere down the road. The top has great grain. At first I though there was a problem with the picture upload with the little “Squiggle” on the outside drawers. Very nice detail. How did you get the reveal to match up nicely? What kind of slides did you use? Can you show us an inside pic?

-- Pete

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#13 posted 04-21-2016 08:24 PM

Gawg-us!

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#14 posted 04-21-2016 08:35 PM

Stunning. I like that you minimized the G&G effect. Too much can be overpowering in my mind.
Very well done!!!

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#15 posted 04-21-2016 11:26 PM

Hi Scott,

Well done. I think you nailed it with this piece. It is unmistakably G&G, but it has your own personality. I hope you daughter cherishes it for a long time.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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