New Life for an Old Dresser

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Project by Gnarlyleech posted 02-13-2017 02:10 PM 947 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Fiance asked me to transform with dresser into something she saw on pinterest. I believe it is from the late 70s to early 80s during the mass production of this style oak dressers. Figuring out the bracing support for the seat was the hardest part for me. Sanding off the old varnish took the longest. 40 grit paper on a random orbital still worked me to death. Chemical removal would have been ideal. I use some Poplar lumber from a pallet for the back rest and red oak panel for the inner sides. Just spare woods I had on hand. Then I trimmed the edges with ¼ round pine. I used espresso stain to match my kitchen cabinets. It came out a lot better than I thought it would.
Overall she loved it and it looks great in our home.

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#1 posted 02-13-2017 04:03 PM

WOW, that is really cool… did a great job !!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#2 posted 02-14-2017 11:45 AM

Well done. nice design. the expresso stain just pops with the poly finish. I am sure the design for the seat strength was not easy but a success. you deserve at least a power tool and an RZ dust mask for the efforts and more..! thanks for printing this one.

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#3 posted 02-14-2017 01:28 PM

Thank you very much for the nice comments Kelster58 and oldguy2.

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