|Project by Dinger||posted 09-01-2016 05:51 PM||486 views||4 times favorited||14 comments|
I built this dresser to match the crib for my son’s bedroom set. I intend to also build a nightstand to complete the set. The dresser is made from highly figured maple, and maple plywood. Not only does it have crazy figure, but a few pieces were also stupid-wide. One was 18” and a few were just over 16”. Awesome. The top is made from only two pieces (not sure why the second picture flipped).
As with the crib (i finished the crib and dresser all at once) I neglected to raise the grain before using the TransTint dye and didn’t realize it until after beginning to apply the Arm R Seal topcoat. My plan is to have my son live out of front-less drawer boxes while I address this someday. My plan is to knock back the Arm-R-Seal and build enough coats to render the raised grain unnoticeable.
The design is loosely based on the complimentary plan to the crib, but if you look at those plans you can see I made some modifications. I wasn’t feeling open shelves, and I don’t like the looks of non-graduated drawers. So the guts are all my own design. You could park a truck on this thing. The box and vertical dividers are made of 3/4” maple plywood, with 3/4” solid maple webbing, which is dado’ed and glued into the sides of the carcase. The vertical dividers were given the same treatment, and also reinforced with glue and screws.
The drawer boxes were also made from the maple. Yes some of it was curly, but the maple was cheaper than poplar from the lumberyard and I was on a deadline! I picked up this maple for $1/bf. I know. Insane. In retrospect, I wish I would’ve resawed the maple from the 4/4 boards to whatever thickness that ended up being. Instead I used twice as much and made 3/4”-ish drawer boxes. As a result this thing is HEAVY. I’d guess it’s around 180+ lbs. More with the boxes.
I was initially going to make a matching changing station to go on top, then my wife found a pretty nice one on clearance for $20. And I had another crib to finish, so….
Hope you’ve enjoyed this!
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