Oak Dresser

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Project by KylesWoodworking posted 01-19-2011 12:17 AM 2470 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For my 16th birthday last February 2010, I was surprised with a surprise birthday party that my family planned. During that time, I have wanted to make a bedroom set for my room but didn’t have any money to buy the materials to make the set. My family knew I needed money for materials, so they all got me Lowe’s gift cards and cash for my birthday. With this money I started buying red oak at my local Lowe’s store (which isn’t cheap as you may know) to begin making my bedroom set. After I used the money I got for my birthday, I started to save up money and I made some projects for people to earn money to buy the rest of materials. Time went by over the summer and my half-built dresser started to collect dust for a couple of months, as I only worked on it a little at a time. Then school started and I made the dresser drawers, nightstand, and dresser-top valet in woodshop class, which made the process quicker because I could work on it every day with all the tools and equipment I need. The mirror I made at home with scrap oak I had left over. So then the bedroom set was just about complete and I recently I signed up for LumberJocks and saw they were holding a contest this January. So these past few weeks here I have been working on finishing the set to enter it in the contest. So almost a year and a couple of hundred bucks later I finally finished it. I used Minwax Golden Oak Stain and two coats of Minwax High-Build Polyurethane (which came out really smooth and glossy). Now I just have to make a matching bed frame/headboard……

Woodworking Joinery/Techniques Used:
-Tapered Legs
-Wavy “Dovetails” (See photo 4 & 5)
-Mortise and Tenon
-Pocket Holes
-Biscuit Joints

Thank you for viewing. Comments are welcome. P.S. PLEASE VOTE FOR WINTER 2011: The Art of Joinery Contest

See the full bedroom set I made here.


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#1 posted 01-19-2011 01:09 AM

Excellent Job, wow l wish l had started at you age. Good Luck!!!!!!

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#3 posted 01-19-2011 01:42 AM

Very nice. If I had started at your age with a mentor many trees would have suffered less. Keep up the good work

-- bad projects make good firewood

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#4 posted 01-19-2011 01:57 AM

Nice work Man :)
looks like you are heading toward a career in this if you want :)
Keep up the good work :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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#5 posted 01-19-2011 02:04 AM

Thanks, I would like to start my own business when I get older.


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#6 posted 01-19-2011 02:23 AM

Wow!..simply Wow…

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#7 posted 01-19-2011 03:36 AM

Well done, Kyle. Deep up the good work.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 01-19-2011 04:48 AM

Well done young man. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#9 posted 01-19-2011 05:07 AM

very nice, well done

-- even a kick in the caboose is a step in the right direction

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#10 posted 01-25-2011 04:03 AM

I believe young man you have my vote…

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#11 posted 01-25-2011 05:32 AM

Thank you, superdav721! Every vote counts!


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#12 posted 02-03-2011 04:47 PM

Nice work! Keep it up, I was only 2 years older than you are now when I started down this path. My only regret-I passed up the chance to complete any formal education in cabinet making, so if this is in your heart, then RUN with it. Sounds like you have plenty of support!


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