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Project by dorran posted 01-31-2011 06:05 AM 3739 views 17 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a quartersawn red oak Stickley 913. It took about a year to make. The finish is ammonia fumed, boiled linseed oil, shellac, and wax. The drawer dovetails were all done by hand. Man that took a long time. It weighs about 175 pounds. The hardware is from Horton Brass. The drawers sides are poplar, bottoms oak plywood. Not quite perfect but getting better. It has a secret panel under the bottom drawer behind the apron. Thanks for looking.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 01-31-2011 06:09 AM

Beautiful work dorron very very nice.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-31-2011 06:20 AM

Very nice work. Great job!

-- Doug - As my Dad taught me, you're not a cabinet maker until you can hide your mistakes.

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#3 posted 01-31-2011 06:37 AM

Dorran,

Frist class workmanship! [You’ve spent wisely on tools. ;-) ]

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 01-31-2011 08:03 AM

Dorran,

AWESOME job! Congrats. Love those dovetails – well worth the effort / time. Great finish. Bravo!

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#5 posted 01-31-2011 08:57 AM

Great! job Dorran I like the blond wood

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#6 posted 01-31-2011 02:47 PM

Beautiful, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 01-31-2011 03:07 PM

That looks just great! I love the clean lines and shape of Stickly design. You matched the grain nicely, a great looking piece that will last for generations – future Antique Roadshow for sure!

Schroeder

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#8 posted 01-31-2011 03:29 PM

One of the nicest dressers I’ve seen yet. What did you use for drawer slides?

Any chance we can get a full picture of the side view?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Brit

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#9 posted 01-31-2011 04:32 PM

Wonderful job. I like the hardware you chose too.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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reedwood

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#10 posted 01-31-2011 04:47 PM

Nothing catches my eye faster than a variable, hand cut dovetail joint.

I always like to say to my carpenters: “Not bad, but what could we do to take it to the next level?”

This is a fine example of exactly what I mean.

I’m guessing there is allot of mortise and tenon work on those dust shelves.

The hardware is perfect.

-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.

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dorran

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#11 posted 01-31-2011 05:19 PM

Thanks fpr the nice comments. I was looking through some of your projects and I am amazed at the quality work. No hardware on the drawers except the big one. They are all box in a box, but I added bottom center guides for the full width ones to keep from racking. The offsets leave some room for improvement. The biggest drawer has metal slides on the bottom to make it go a little easier. It probably doesn’t need them but I wanted them all to go easy from pushing/pulling on just one side. Will post a side view shot later.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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reedwood

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#12 posted 01-31-2011 06:06 PM

” Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have decent furniture;

Or you can spend a lot of money on tools and build your own, one of a kind furniture. I made my choice.”

By the look of your work, this is what you meant to say, right? Sounds much better.

-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.

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#13 posted 01-31-2011 07:30 PM

Very nice, dorran. I love the symmetry of the drawers and hardware. You’ve inspired me to try hand-cutting the dovetails on my next project.

I sense companion pieces in the near future!

-- Kinky Friedman on gay marriage: "They should have the right to be just as miserable as the rest of us."

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#14 posted 02-01-2011 01:56 AM

beautiful craftsmanship and wood… You should be proud!

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#15 posted 02-01-2011 03:37 AM

That is a nice piece of work. I live about 45 minutes from the Stickley factory in central New York. If you get the chance, visit the factory and take the tour. Very cool.
Well done!!

-- Scott

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