Cherry Dresser

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Project by Jim Brown posted 08-22-2018 12:58 AM 998 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This dresser is based closely on measured drawings from Robert Lang and Glenn Huey’s book Furniture in the Southern Style. The original is in walnut, I think, and has keyholes, and inlays around the keyholes. This one doesn’t. It’s a pretty massive piece: 56” high by 42” wide.

The wood came from Iola Lumber up the road a ways, where prices are fair and the proprietors are patient and knowledgeable. Unsolicited plug!

The drawer dovetails were done with a smaller Leigh jig, and the case dovetails were done with a jig made with the Stots Dovetail Master, which I think is now sold under the Milescraft brand.

The finish is General Finishes Top Coat wipe-on.

I like a little sapwood in cherry and walnut … call me crazy.

Thanks for looking. I’m overall pretty pleased with how it came out.

Jim Brown
Berwick, PA

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#1 posted 08-22-2018 01:54 AM

I dig it.

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#2 posted 08-22-2018 01:58 AM

You should be pleased – that’s a beautiful piece!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 08-22-2018 02:21 AM

beautiful work …. and it will only get prettier as the cherry sits in the light.

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#4 posted 08-22-2018 04:11 AM

Nice job. And useful. These are a ton of work, for sure.

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#5 posted 08-22-2018 12:17 PM

Looks very nice.


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#6 posted 08-22-2018 01:32 PM

Well done – and great choice of cherry.

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#7 posted 08-22-2018 01:44 PM

cant go wrong with cherry …. this chest will no doubt be a cherished family heirloom for many years ….. love it …. GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#8 posted 08-22-2018 01:49 PM

Beautiful piece of heirloom, I think like you , sap wood can be attractive in some places, and cherry wood ages very nicely, so you a a winner. bravo.

-- andrek

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#9 posted 08-22-2018 05:20 PM

A terrific accomplishment

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#10 posted 08-22-2018 06:32 PM

you should be pleased – it’s a beautiful piece of furniture

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#11 posted 08-22-2018 08:07 PM

Nicely done Sir!
I totally agree with the others.
It’s an heirloom piece for sure.

-- There' are two theories to arguin' with a woman. Neither one works.

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#12 posted 08-23-2018 01:55 AM

Very nice work. I can totally appreciate the nuances of doing this level of furniture work.. Hopefully it will be a family treasure and part of a legacy for you as a craftsman.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#13 posted 08-23-2018 05:36 PM

I appreciate the comments, especially from such accomplished woodworkers!

A less sympathetic photographer could zoom in on several dozen mistakes in this project of course, but I’ve promised my wife that I’d quit pointing them out to everybody :)

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#14 posted 08-24-2018 01:26 PM

Zoom? nah not going to happen. LOL It looks good, it is good!!

Nice work.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Jim Brown

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#15 posted 08-24-2018 01:41 PM

Yes, so far nobody has commented that the bottom drawer is missing its bottom :) That deficiency has since been rectified.

Thanks for the feedback!

Zoom? nah not going to happen. LOL It looks good, it is good!!

Nice work.

- woodbutcherbynight

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