Arts & Crafts Dresser

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Project by MOwood posted 07-13-2010 04:57 PM 2670 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a dresser that I built for my Father In Law for his birthday. The exterior is solid Quartersawn White Oak that I was fortunate enough to buy locally from an individual that shares a passion for Mission Style Furniture and has his own saw mill and kiln. The interior of this dresser is made out of Birch plywood and holds a secret compartment within. The side panel of the dresser hinges open to reveal a hidden gun safe that slides out to the side. It is made to hold six rifles in horizontal racks behind the drawers. I did not get any pictures of the gun safe at this time but should get some in the near future. I still need to finish coat the exterior and add the gun holders which is why I don’t have pics of that yet, I was rushed for time so that I could present it to him this past Saturday while all the family was gathered. This was my first big project in many years and my first attempt at Mission style furniture. I had a blast building it and can’t wait to start my next project, if the wife will allow me that much time in the shop again.

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#1 posted 07-13-2010 05:22 PM

This is an outstanding piece very well done

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#2 posted 07-13-2010 05:32 PM

Very nicely done. I look forward to pictures of the secret compartment. :-) How have you been doing the finish?

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#3 posted 07-13-2010 06:40 PM

Thats a outstanding piece of furniture.

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#4 posted 07-13-2010 08:19 PM

Very well done!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 07-13-2010 08:41 PM

Very nice example of the A&C design and beutiful selection of QSWO. Everytime I see the lumber folks in the rural parts of this country can get their hands on the more convince people who live on the west coast like myself get stuck the “picked over” lumber that nobody else wants. We just can’t get QSWO that looks like that.

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#6 posted 07-13-2010 09:01 PM

Nice work on that, guess you’ll just have to make more things for the father-in-law if you want your wife to give you time in the shop.

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#7 posted 07-13-2010 11:39 PM

Love it!

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#8 posted 07-14-2010 12:32 AM

Can’t wait to see the secret compartment. I think it looks great.

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#9 posted 07-14-2010 04:00 AM

Wow. Looks heavy and well built. Gotta love those ray flecks. I am curious about the finish and hardware.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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#10 posted 07-14-2010 04:09 AM

Uh, yeah.

I love it, too.

My honey-do list has long included the Perfect Piece of Furniture for the dresser/TV stand in my master bedroom. May have to fwd this one along to my lovely wife. I believe it’s the exact thing she’s been trying to describe to me.

Really nicely done ! Please DO post more pics, when you’re finished with it !

-- -- Neil

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#11 posted 07-14-2010 04:27 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#12 posted 07-14-2010 05:24 AM

Beautiful dresser. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 07-14-2010 12:09 PM

looks great….well done…love the Arts and crafts style

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#14 posted 07-15-2010 04:46 AM

Thanks for the nice comments. I didn’t do anything exciting on the finish. I was pressed for time so I just went with Min-wax Special Walnut. I was going to use a dye that the guy I got the lumber from suggested but I just didn’t have time to get with him. The next one will finished a little better.

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#15 posted 10-12-2010 08:05 AM

I’d love to build something similar to this, and … think it will be next on my to-build list, if I can get my head around designing it. I like the idea of using QSWO, but think my wife will want me to use African Mahogany, to match my nightstands.

By ANY chance, do you have a list of what (quantity and dimension) boards you bought/used in making this ?

If you had the list for the interior BB, that would be my choice as well.

I just think this is a great piece. I’d love to add it to my master bedroom ensemble.

Thanks in advance !

-- -- Neil

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