|Project by TheQueTip||posted 05-09-2010 04:37 PM||3296 views||21 times favorited||22 comments|
I built these two dressers to replace a pair of old pine dressers that I have had for 20+ years. They are shaker style dressers built from mahogany and soft maple (interior frame and drawers built from soft maple and exterior surfaces from mahogany)
Joinery construction is mortise and tenon and interior frame construction (i.e., white maple) was done with the Kreg pocket jig. The rear panel is 3/8” soft maple cabinet grade plywood cut to size to fit a rabbited opening. The drawers are built from 1/2” soft maple dovetailed via a Leigh jig, while the drawers faces are made from mahogany. (To do it over again, I would do half blind dovetails on the fronts and through hole on the rears)
The drawers run on maple drawer guides that that have been well sanded and polished with paste wax. While the the drawers are finished inside and out, the bottom outside 1/2” of all the drawers only contain two coats of sanding sealer (Taped off prior to starting the final finishes). This was done to avoid a ‘sticking’ situation that would result from the friction of the finished drawers rubbing against the drawer guides. (The bottom 1/2” of the drawer is the area that travels on the drawer guides)
To avoid drawer racking due to the use of wooden drawer guides, there is ‘very little play’ between the sides of the drawers and the guides. The lack of a finish on the bottom 1/2” of drawer, tight clearances, and the paste wax makes for a very smooth movement of the drawers.
The maple drawer panels are natural (no dyes or stains), while the mahogany is finished with a Potassium Dichromate oxidation process. (Mixing ratio was 16oz of water to 1 tablespoon of PD) Solution was left on surfaces for about 1 minute before being wiped dry. NOTE: PD is very toxic…... Use safety equipment (respirator, gloves, protective eye wear, etc) prior to applying
Final finsh consisted of two coats of tung oil applied to all mahogany surfaces (via a foam brush) and then 3 coats of latex based semi gloss polyurethane (applied via HVLP spray gun).
I am happy with the way they turned out and are much nicer than the old pine dresssers that they replaced!
-- TheQueTip, Killeen Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.