|Project by Techsan||posted 06-30-2010 11:12 PM||4240 views||6 times favorited||14 comments|
This was the first real project I did for my family. My wife and I were expecting our first child, and I got the urge to build the furniture for the nursery. Rather than start with the crib for the baby, knowing they would be sleeping in a Moses basket in our room for awhile anyway, we decided the dresser would be of greatest use – good thing we did, because I didn’t finish the crib until she was almost 2 (thankfully I designed it to be converted to a toddler bed).
The dresser is made out of solid cherry I milled from the stack in the 2nd photo. It is constructed with standard frame and panel sides and a mortised and integral tenon face frame (somewhat of a puzzle to put together). Knowing the abuse it was going to take from the children, I opted to go with full extension metal drawer slides as opposed to having the boxes glide on wooden runners. The drawers boxes, which I made out of poplar, are dovetailed together and their fronts are attached with sliding dovetails. I finshed it with shellac and a couple of coats of sprayed lacquer (I need more practice there).
While the finish could be rubbed out and refined, I’m very happy with this first project proudly sitting in our daughters room (and now covered with toddler clothes and toys)!
-- Michael - Houston, Texas