Dresser from salvaged materials

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Project by DBnR posted 1408 days ago 1774 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my latest project, just finished it today.
I stumbled upon some oak veneered particle board and what I suspect is maple (see the last two pictures) that were on their way to the dump, so I took them and decided to use them to build this dresser.
It was a nice change to design something around the materials at hand rather than designing first and then acquiring the materials.
It measures about 900mm wide, 450mm deep and 940mm tall (or about 35½ x 18×37 in inches).
Finished with danish oil and wax.
I only ended up having to spend about 150 euros on this thing, which is pretty good if you ask me.

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#1 posted 1408 days ago

WOW! Where can I find a pile like that ready to go to the dump! Dosen’t it give you a greater since of satisfaction to make something so beautiful out of something that would have otherwise been a trash pile?!? I know it does for me! Great job!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#2 posted 1408 days ago

Great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 1408 days ago

Well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 1408 days ago

Cozmo35, it sure adds to the satisfaction to put “trash” like this to good use. I found this stuff from the trash pile at a bowling alley renovation site. Also found some other great stuff, like a retro chair that only had one hand rest missing.

I’ll have to replace the handles on the dresser when I find some that are more suitable for this design.

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#5 posted 1408 days ago

Good find! Dresser looks nice.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 1408 days ago

Beautiful work!!

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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Ed Pirnik

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#7 posted 1408 days ago

Pinnacle example of Yankee thrift – despite the fact that you’re in Europe. Ha ha ha. Well done!

-- Ed Pirnik, Fine Woodworking Web Producer

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 1408 days ago

That is a very nice piece of furniture created from discarded material. I can only think of the old furniture that was made from badly planed boards and loose joints and how it held up for years and years. Now with the modern tools and adhesive and hardware, you can take old discarded boards and create a piece of furniture that will perform well for twice as long or more and your material cost was zilch!

Thanks for sharing. This is encouoragement for all the woodworkers who cannot afford to go to the wood stroe and buy expensive wood and yet can create fine products!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 1408 days ago

Very nice work! Great job on the wood save too..

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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Monty Queen

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#10 posted 1408 days ago

Awesome job, looks fantastic.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#11 posted 1408 days ago

love the contrast. looks awesome

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#12 posted 1408 days ago

Just a beautiful dresser.

The fact that it IS from salvage lumber … just makes it that much better.

Thanks for sharing !

-- -- Neil

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#13 posted 1408 days ago

What a fantastic build especially from scrap wood. Looks awesome.

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#14 posted 1408 days ago

WOW from salvage too… wish my salvage was that nice LOL

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#15 posted 1407 days ago

looks great

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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