Quarter-Sawn Sycamore Dresser

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Project by Ben posted 01-21-2010 04:07 AM 4114 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project took me a while. I spent a lot of time debating on the color of the wood and the finish. I tried at least ten different combinations on test pieces.

I used quarter-sawn sycamore for exterior and red oak on the non-visible pieces. It is solid wood construction except for the plywood back and plywood drawer bottoms.

I dovetailed the drawers and used wooden drawer slides from Rockler. The sides are frame and panel construction.

To finish it, I used a coat of Transtint amber dye followed by a coat of Transtint maple dye. I sealed it with four coats of gloss polyurethane.

This dresser is a birthday gift for my 7 year old son. He loves the knobs. I will probably change them out when he gets a little older.

The sycamore turned out pretty neat and the look of it changes quite a bit depending on the angle of the light.

I have been writing a blog to chronicle the progress. The members of Lumberjocks provided me with an abundance of encouragement and some valuable advice. I really love this site.

Here is a link to the blog.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day.

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#1 posted 01-21-2010 04:43 AM

I’ve always loved QSS since the very first time that I saw a piece of it in a pallet ! Your son will cherish this forever : )

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#2 posted 01-21-2010 05:41 AM

Really nice looking piece. Color and QSS look great.

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#3 posted 01-21-2010 05:49 AM

What a great looking dresser!! Your son will cherish this forever, and pass it down!! Great job, Ben!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#4 posted 01-21-2010 05:58 AM

Nice job!! Awesome grain in the sycamore

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#5 posted 01-21-2010 06:32 AM

Great job Ben looks really good.

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#6 posted 01-21-2010 06:47 AM

I really like quarter sawn sycamore, your dresser really shows off the fleck in the grain… great job and thanks for posting!

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#7 posted 01-21-2010 07:33 AM

What a fantastic piece. The quarter sawn sycamore is just beautiful and so is the craftsmanship.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#8 posted 01-21-2010 02:09 PM

Ben, interesting grain and like the look of the inset drawers.

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#9 posted 01-21-2010 06:30 PM

Looks well built. Congratulations on the form and function. Gotta love that grain.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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#10 posted 01-21-2010 10:38 PM

Thanks for all the kind coments.

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#11 posted 01-22-2010 04:14 AM

this turned out sooo nice!

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#12 posted 01-22-2010 10:04 PM

Well done and the finish is outstanding. Who knew Sycamore could look like this?

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#13 posted 11-12-2011 07:48 PM

Just came up on the project-go-round…How is it holding up for your son ? Have you changed the knobs yet , or is he still liking them too much ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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