|Project by Daniel Wise||posted 07-31-2010 08:47 PM||4097 views||7 times favorited||29 comments|
I wish I were a photographer. Unfortunately,I’m not so you’ll have to excuse my poor pictures. I opened the bottom drawer in the first picture to show that they opened but I wasn’t at a good angle (my shop is about 8 feet wide). Before I started this project I probably made 100 different sketches and this is what I finally came up with. If your like me, you had little plastic army men when you were a kid. We used to heat them up with matches and reposition their arms or legs (there weren’t many varieties in $1.50 pack of soldiers). The trick was to heat them enough to move their parts but not get them so hot that they dripped hot green plastic or their body parts became dis-formed. One of the things I love about wood working is that there are no limits to what can be made. It’s completely “malleable” and mold-able. That’s what I tried to achieve here. That moment when you realize you heated the army man just a little too much and he starts to sag.
It’s all oak with general finish wipe on varnish. The drawer faces are slightly tented to show some contrast. The toughest part was maintaining the direction of the grain no matter what form the dresser took.The rails below each drawer are actually six pieces of oak that have been stacked to maintain the consistent grain. This project accounts for the most work I’ve ever done with a rasp and sandpaper in my life.
Thanks for looking.