Cherry Dresser for my Granddaughter

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Project by oldrivers posted 06-08-2016 12:44 AM 1297 views 8 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cherry Dresser I built for my Granddaughter to match the bed I just finished. Both the bed and dress is made from solid Cherry I harvested a few years back for the banks of the Tennessee River lots where I live.
Hannah chose the design and the color which is English Chestnut.
The finish is 1st. a coat of lacquer sander sealer followed by multi coats of clear Satin Lacquer wet sanded with 500 grit sandpaper and a final top coat of clear satin Lacquer again.
The drawer pulls are Antique Brass 1-1/2” knob with a 2-1/2” back plates. The top of the Dresser measures 65 ½” X 21” and stands 46” tall with 10 drawers.
The bottoms of the two bottom drawers I did in Eastern Red Cedar which is a natural repellent for moths, thus a safe storage for Wool sweaters Etc.
The top two drawers have the pulls milled in the bottom out of site but very functional. I also installed dust panels between all the drawers to seal each compartment.
I always try to incorporate a geometric layout technique to size the drawers, graduating from large at the bottom to small on the top to enhance the eye appeal. {The Golden Ratio} There are variations of ratios you can use these drawers are from the bottom 1” smaller as you ascend.
The joinery is Mortise and Tendon on the case with half blind Dove Tails on the drawers.The end panels float in their grooves for explanation purposes. The Top is also able to float as well. Thanks for looking.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#1 posted 06-08-2016 01:01 AM

Very beautiful piece!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 06-08-2016 01:35 AM

Awesome looking piece! Nice design Hannah. Love your English Chestnut choice also.
Thanks for sharing!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#3 posted 06-08-2016 01:43 AM

That dresser is as beautiful as the landscape backdrop where the pic was taken. Wonderful design and execution. Oh and beautifully finished. A true family heirloom she should cherish her entire life and it’s from Grandpa.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn :)

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#4 posted 06-08-2016 01:49 AM

What a great gift for your granddaughter. That is an incredible piece of craftsmanship. Fabulous view also.

-- I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and sawdust in the afternoon

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#5 posted 06-08-2016 04:32 AM

I love how the top drawer is incorporated into the design. What an heirloom!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 06-08-2016 05:05 AM

I like it. Very nice work on the details. Is the top hand planed?


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#7 posted 06-08-2016 05:47 AM

That is a very nice heirloom and we’ll done!
I am sure she will treasure it.

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

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#8 posted 06-08-2016 11:54 AM

Wow, very nice

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#9 posted 06-08-2016 12:00 PM

Beautiful work and design.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 06-08-2016 12:09 PM

Wow, what a heirloom piece!

-- Doug...

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#11 posted 06-08-2016 12:10 PM

Excellent work, I’m sure it will be treasured for many generations.

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#12 posted 06-08-2016 12:11 PM

This is so beautiful and I love like the design very much.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 06-08-2016 01:01 PM

I love the seemless integration of the “hidden” top drawers. Beautiful craftsmanship.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#14 posted 06-08-2016 01:21 PM

wow! That’s a beautiful dresser, great job

-- Dave Peura

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