Cherry dresser

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Project by Gibsonman posted 02-19-2017 03:32 AM 1431 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this dresser to match the bed i built my daughter a few years ago. Its supposed to be a matching bedroom set but it takes me a while. I worked on this project for almost a year. Between work and kids just didn’t get much time on the shop. I decided i was going to hand dovetail all the drawers which took a while. I was pretty happy with how the dovetails turned out. This was the first time I’ve ever hand cut half-blind dovetails. It was an interesting learning process. I also had a snag with the drawer slides. I didn’t have a big budget to spend on fancy slides so i decided to use wood slides but they didn’t work smoothly enough. I was given a piece of a plastic cutting board the i used for slides(3rd picture). They worked very well. I’m currently working on a bedside table to match. hopefully it won’t take me as long. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 02-19-2017 04:02 AM

May have taken time, but it turned out Great, congratulations.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 02-19-2017 12:27 PM

Good job! Kudos on the ball feet and the great looking dovetails. With the 3/4 in dust boards you could have left the drawers loose, but the plastic drawer slide works well too … again, good job!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#3 posted 02-19-2017 12:40 PM

Your Daughter will cherish that for piece for the rest of her life! Great job! That’s a nice looking dresser. It took me almost 2 years to finish a dresser for my daughter. What finish did you put on it?

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#4 posted 02-19-2017 01:59 PM

I am a hobbyist woodworker and I do hand cut dovetails. Once you work up the courage and watch a few videos its not that hard although I am far from perfect so far. And its very satisfying when they slide together.

I also am (slowly) building furniture for my kids. Working on an armoire currently. Lots of fun.

Its a beautiful dresser. Great work.

-- Ron, Montana

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#5 posted 02-19-2017 04:27 PM

looks good

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#6 posted 02-19-2017 06:22 PM

GREAT Job ! Heirloom quality…......

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

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#7 posted 02-19-2017 09:43 PM

This cherry dresser is a beautiful piece and is so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 02-20-2017 01:27 AM

Thanks for all the nice complements.
Scott the finish is just wipe on poly. I thin it 50% with thinner then just wipe on with a rag. Takes more coats but doesn’t run.
Ron the plans called for just leaving the drawers loose but i was afraid they would bind up and not slide easily.

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#9 posted 02-20-2017 08:42 PM

great looking dresser!
i’ve used wooden slides for the most part on my sideboard drawers which are fine for occasional use
i apply a wax on them first and they work
i like the idea of the cutting board though – this would be a HDPE or polyethylene plastic
I use it in display work and it machines nicely
thanks for the tip!

-- Greg Simon

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