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Project by James Wright posted 04-27-2017 05:15 PM 1310 views 5 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After 16 months this Dresser is done. it was made completely with hand tools from rough sawn stock. All Solid White oak. even the drawer bottoms were resawn and made from solid stock. the top has a butterfly key and hand carved Celtic weave perimeter. with all the drawers it weighs over 150lb.

I told my wife it would be done in march of last year but was a little off. so happy to have this in the bedroom, but not as happy as my wife.

Here is the final video documenting the build. https://www.reddit.com/user/WoodByWright/submitted/

and if you want to see the whole build I videoed all of it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ngptQnE0OI&list=PLAbayqjimalH0BAkyAnxjcXk1ob6D5nbY

-- James Wright, Rockford IL, https://www.youtube.com/c/WoodWright





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Lemongrasspicker

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#1 posted 04-27-2017 05:32 PM

Looks great! I followed the whole build via youtube. Nice to see the final product and you should definitely be proud of your work

-- www.youtube.com/lemongrasspicker

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Tim Royal

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#2 posted 04-27-2017 05:32 PM

Looks great James

-- -Tim Royal... Always reminded of this when I see the amazing work LJ's do (I have no choice but to be humble!), "Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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BurlyBob

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#3 posted 04-27-2017 05:44 PM

Jim that’s really fantastic. It really has an old world charm about it. That Celtic carved border is wonderful. It’s no wonder your wife is grinning so big. You did a superb job.

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ohwoodeye

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#4 posted 04-27-2017 05:55 PM

Looks very nice…........but 16 months???..........That’s why I’m 100% a believer in power tools.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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jamessliefie

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#5 posted 04-27-2017 05:57 PM

WOW! just WOW! love it!

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James Wright

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#6 posted 04-27-2017 05:58 PM



Looks great! I followed the whole build via youtube. Nice to see the final product and you should definitely be proud of your work

- Lemongrasspicker


Thanks! this was a long build but so worth it!

-- James Wright, Rockford IL, https://www.youtube.com/c/WoodWright

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James Wright

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#7 posted 04-27-2017 05:58 PM



Looks great James

- Tim Royal


thanks Tim!

-- James Wright, Rockford IL, https://www.youtube.com/c/WoodWright

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James Wright

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#8 posted 04-27-2017 05:58 PM



Jim that s really fantastic. It really has an old world charm about it. That Celtic carved border is wonderful. It s no wonder your wife is grinning so big. You did a superb job.

- BurlyBob


Thanks Bob. she is really happy to finally have this one!

-- James Wright, Rockford IL, https://www.youtube.com/c/WoodWright

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James Wright

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#9 posted 04-27-2017 05:59 PM



Looks very nice…........but 16 months???..........That s why I m 100% a believer in power tools.

- ohwoodeye


LOL yup. some people think it takes patients to do all hand tools, but actually it takes someone who is really stubborn!

-- James Wright, Rockford IL, https://www.youtube.com/c/WoodWright

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swirt

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#10 posted 04-27-2017 06:09 PM

That looks great James. I really like the natural patterns in the oak that you chose. Bonus points for the carving you ran right through a key.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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James Wright

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#11 posted 04-27-2017 06:12 PM



WOW! just WOW! love it!

- jamessliefie


thanks!

-- James Wright, Rockford IL, https://www.youtube.com/c/WoodWright

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Ron Aylor

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#12 posted 04-27-2017 06:12 PM

Great work, James. I like how you carried the carving over the butterfly … nice touch. May I assume that perhaps in a small way you were sad to have completed this project? It looks as if it was a lot of fun! Kudos.

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

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James Wright

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#13 posted 04-27-2017 06:13 PM



That looks great James. I really like the natural patterns in the oak that you chose. Bonus points for the carving you ran right through a key.

- swirt


Thanks. I have carved through the keys on a few different projects and I really like how it adds tot he rustic finished look.

-- James Wright, Rockford IL, https://www.youtube.com/c/WoodWright

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RichTaylor

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#14 posted 04-27-2017 06:18 PM

Impressive feat. Is there a reason you switched the pin board and tail boards on the drawers? Usually, the tail board goes on the side.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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helluvawreck

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#15 posted 04-27-2017 06:34 PM

James, this piece turned out beautifully.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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