Bow-Front, Bow-Sided Hall Dresser

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Project by Randy Moseley posted 03-20-2010 02:19 AM 2847 views 14 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This small dresser is made with red oak and walnut. It is about 40” wide, about 26” deep and 30” tall. The sides are 1/4” oak plywood, kerf-cut on the back so it would bend into the slots routed in each leg with a straight bit. The drawer fronts are red oak resawed, then plastic resin glued back together in a form to get the curves. The drawers are birch plywood, with the inside front pieces kerf-cut to bend easily so the curve could match the drawer fronts and the curved face frame. The drawer front inlays are walnut. The finish is sanding sealer and lacquer, sprayed. This was originally to be donated for a charity auction, but my wife decided she wanted it for our entry hall. So now I have to make something else for the auction!

-- Randy, DeKalb, Illinois

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#1 posted 03-20-2010 02:36 AM

Wow, you did a awesome job on that dresser. It is fantastic. I think its beautiful.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#2 posted 03-20-2010 02:37 AM

That is beautiful!!!!!! How many hours did it take to complete?

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#3 posted 03-20-2010 02:50 AM

Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 03-20-2010 02:56 AM

any more pictures like that and I’m never hooking my camera back up to my computer. outstanding.

-- measure once, keep cuttin' til it fits

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#5 posted 03-20-2010 03:06 AM

Wow! That looks great! Is that an original design?

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#6 posted 03-20-2010 03:37 AM

Phenomenal! Amazing! I want one! How did you make the legs? Were they cut from solid blanks? I don’t even know what questions to ask. That is simply beautiful work!

-- Jsquared, Texas

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#7 posted 03-20-2010 03:46 AM

Beautiful looking dresser. Very nicely done. What brand resin glue did you use? Would you use it again or would you pick another brand?

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 03-20-2010 03:49 AM

great piece
how did you make that face frame?

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#9 posted 03-20-2010 03:54 AM

Awesome build. Beautiful dresser.WOW!

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#10 posted 03-20-2010 03:57 AM

Very very nice. Is the curved front solid or a lamination? I love it

-- Ollie, UK.

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#11 posted 03-20-2010 04:40 AM

That is a great piece! Well done. I’ve never tried kerf cutting before. How deep and close together were the cuts to be able to bend smoothly like that?


-- Alberta, Canada

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#12 posted 03-20-2010 05:22 AM


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#13 posted 03-20-2010 05:27 AM

Yummy walnut. Nice curvy legs. I’m in love. You’re going to thank your wife for making this one a keeper.

-- Jim

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#14 posted 03-20-2010 05:41 AM

WOW, that thing is super sweet…. nice!!!!!!!!!!

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#15 posted 03-20-2010 06:08 AM

Can’t blame your wife for not wanting to give it up. Beautiful dresser.


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