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1st set of chest-of-drawers

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Project by swampjack80 posted 11-12-2010 05:24 AM 1590 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this chest-of-drawers for my 2 year old son. It was my first major project so I was very pleased with the outcome. I finally got to test all my new tools out on this one so it was quite fun to build. I must have spent days figuring my plans for it since I wanted to make sure everything was layed out right. It’s made of solid red oak with birch ply drawers. This was also my first project for which I purchased rough-cut lumber, so I learned how to use my new thickness planer as well. The face frame is mortise and tenon (which I surprised myself with doing correctly). The only screws in this dresser are connecting the case top and the base trim, so I got to practice my joinery a little. The drawer slides are dovetailed. I had planned on buying these from Rockler but gave it a hand at making my own. Lucky for me they weren’t much trouble . (Just be sure to route the recieving slot “backwards” on the second pass or it will sling it across the room. Found this out the hard way.)All in all ,everything went together much smoother than I had anticipated. As for the finish, I discovered the simple technique of boiled linseed oil, coated with seal-coat, then coated with satin polyurethane. Turned out to be very simple and great looking. I recieved some great advice from some of the ‘jocks here, so a big thanks to you guys!

-- "I believe that our Heavenly Father invented man because he was disappointed in the monkey." - Mark Twain





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#1 posted 11-12-2010 05:34 AM

Good looking chest of drawers. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 11-12-2010 05:48 AM

great execution and a nice finish.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (http://www.justsquareenough.com/)

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#3 posted 11-12-2010 05:49 AM

Looks like a fun project. I think you did a great job with it. I’m sure your son is thrilled to have a Daddy built chest of drawers.

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#4 posted 11-12-2010 06:20 AM

Looks great from start to finish very nice

-- I started off with nothing I have most of it left

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#5 posted 11-12-2010 06:43 AM

Nice chest of drawers.

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#6 posted 11-12-2010 04:13 PM

Great job!!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 11-12-2010 05:23 PM

Beautiful piece. Fortunate youngster.

Thanks for sharing your work with us.

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#8 posted 11-12-2010 05:42 PM

Very nicely done

-- "Happiness is creating dust"

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#9 posted 11-12-2010 06:37 PM

swampjack80, noticed you are from the Mobile area like myself (West Mobile). I was curious what your source for the rough cut lumber is. I’m a bit of a newbie at this myself, and I have a hard time getting lumber not from Home Depot or Lowe’s. I noticed you were able to find a source, so I thought you might be able to help. I’ve ordered lumber from online, but really, after shipping costs, seems a bit expensive. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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#10 posted 11-12-2010 10:19 PM

I really like the drawer slides. It is a nice dresser. I might make one similar to it.

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#11 posted 11-13-2010 01:56 AM

Very nice. I’d be proud!

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#12 posted 11-13-2010 02:09 AM

Thanks for the compliments guys. I’m glad you all like it.

-- "I believe that our Heavenly Father invented man because he was disappointed in the monkey." - Mark Twain

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#13 posted 11-13-2010 05:11 AM

Very nice. That’s a piece that will last a life time if not longer. Perhaps it will belong to your grand-children someday.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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