Hannah's Dresser

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Project by Loogie posted 01-25-2008 04:42 AM 18786 views 23 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I found out that my wife was pregnant I immediately decided that I wanted to build a dresser for my new child. I wanted it to be something that they would/could use for generations. My wife wanted something that we could use as a changing table, so that dictated the height. By the time I actually got started on the project, my wife had already purchased a birch crib (she wouldn’t let me make that – something about the fact that she wouldn’t need it anymore by the time I finished it). So I decided to build it out of Birch – my first time working with that wood. The moulding technique was inspired by an article I read in Fine Woodworking. My goal was to use as much joinery as possible and the minimum amount of hardware. I was very happy with the way it turned out. I hope you enjoy it.













I can’t believe I don’t have any pictures of it finished. I’ll see if I can take one soon.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 01-25-2008 04:56 AM

Beautiful! – Wonderful workmanship! and an instant heirloom! thanks for posting the process too!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#2 posted 01-25-2008 04:58 AM

nice job on the dovetails!

-- I think of Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman when he says "Where does he get those wonderful toys" and ask WHERE DO U GUYS GET ALL THAT WONDERFUL WOOD?

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#3 posted 01-25-2008 05:00 AM

Nice job. I like the molding clips. Some nice birch. I assume that it got finished in time?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 01-25-2008 05:03 AM

No, I was about a month late! But you can’t rush this stuff! That’s what i keep telling her at least :)

-- Mark

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#5 posted 01-25-2008 05:19 AM

Great job! excellent work on all of the joinery….I can’t wait to see it finished.

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#6 posted 01-25-2008 05:24 AM

Wow, those Leigh jigs are great. Cool way you made the sliding moldings for seasonal movement. Excellent work!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#7 posted 01-25-2008 05:36 AM

double nice …. a treasure chest

welcome to lj’s

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 01-25-2008 05:48 AM

That turned out super! Isn’t that Chris Becksvoort’s molding technique from FWW?

Again – outstanding work on this!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#9 posted 01-25-2008 06:09 AM

Beautiful! Your daughter’s daughter will probably be using it too!

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#10 posted 01-25-2008 06:24 AM

Wow… Great Work!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 01-25-2008 07:32 AM

Beautiful. I am sure it will be in use by your children your grandchildren and…...for generations to come. nice work.

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#12 posted 01-25-2008 08:02 AM

wonderful!!! thanks for all the pictures…i love it when people post with lots of pictures…greeat job! And…welcome to LJ’s!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#13 posted 01-25-2008 10:52 AM

Very well done. Great craftsmanship.

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#14 posted 01-25-2008 11:11 AM

OUTSTANDING PROJECT. The joinery is perfect and should last for many generations. Your wife should be proud – and you too :-))

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#15 posted 01-25-2008 11:59 AM

A real nice one Loogie! I really like the way you’ve added the moulding to the top and retained the dovetail details. This will look super when finished. Toss us a final pic so we can see. OK?

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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