Dresser from salvaged materials

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Project by DBnR posted 09-01-2010 01:04 PM 2213 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 09-01-2010 02:18 PM

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 09-01-2010 02:23 PM

Great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 09-01-2010 02:33 PM

Well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 09-01-2010 03:10 PM

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 09-01-2010 03:15 PM

Good find! Dresser looks nice.

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

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#6 posted 09-01-2010 04:24 PM

Beautiful work!!

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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Ed Pirnik

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#7 posted 09-01-2010 04:34 PM

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 09-01-2010 04:38 PM

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 09-01-2010 04:39 PM

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

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

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#10 posted 09-01-2010 05:14 PM

Awesome job, looks fantastic.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#11 posted 09-01-2010 06:37 PM

love the contrast. looks awesome

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#12 posted 09-01-2010 07:23 PM

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 09-01-2010 07:36 PM

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

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#14 posted 09-01-2010 09:57 PM

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 09-01-2010 11:13 PM

looks great

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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