Cherry Nine Drawer Dresser

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Project by atceric posted 06-03-2011 05:49 PM 1658 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished this dresser a couple of weeks ago. It was a wedding present for my daughter and son-in-law. Found some great tips on finishing cherry; they really helped a lot. I used shellac, gel stain, and wipe on oil-varnish in that order. The top, base, and drawer fronts are all solid cherry. The sides are cherry ply with cherry edging.

The plans I found in Woodsmith, but I’d make some changes if I did it again. The carcass is divided by full 3/4” plywood. That adds a LOT of weight! I think I would redesign this with much thinner dust panels. It is extremely solid, though. The top and base were modified to add more character. The top is a build up of two profiles. The base has gentle arches across the front and sides.

Overall, I’m happy with how it turned out. Every project is a number of lessons learned, though.

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#1 posted 06-03-2011 06:37 PM

.beautiful… You really did a great job. The finish looks great too. She should be really proud of her gift

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 06-03-2011 06:40 PM

Very handsome. Understated appearance given the amount of work involved, and I admire that a ton!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 06-03-2011 06:48 PM

Like the choice of profiles on the top! Beautiful work.

-- Jamie

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#4 posted 06-03-2011 06:56 PM

The top, base, and drawer fronts are all beautifully figured !!
I’m glad that you stated that the sides are plywood because I thought those were glue joints showing at first glance.
Great job overall : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 06-03-2011 08:25 PM

Speaking of the vertical lines on the sides….how did you accomplish that? I can’t quite make out what you did. I love the work you’ve done here. I have have promised a couple of grandkids a dresser and this is a fine example for me to keep for reference. Thanks.

-- Then, Than, Their, There, They're, To, Too, Two.....Pine, Maple, Walnut....We need to know the difference.....

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#6 posted 06-03-2011 09:54 PM

It appears that the plywood on the sides is slip-matched, yes?

This is a very nice piece. Your effort really shows!

Now the only problem is, they may want you to build the rest of the pieces for a matching set!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#7 posted 06-04-2011 12:37 AM

Thanks for all the compliments. Lots of weekends involved in creating this. The plywood came from the factory that way. I had a choice of one side with the vertical sapwood pattern or the other that was more uniform. I chose the sapwood side because I thought it made the piece interesting with the pattern. I did mute the sapwood to some extent, but the pattern is still there. Probably not what everyone would choose to do, but that was my take on it.

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#8 posted 06-04-2011 03:35 AM

The piece is nothing shot of beautiful. Very good build Sr.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#9 posted 06-04-2011 03:35 AM

Beautiful!!! I just love cherry!!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#10 posted 06-04-2011 04:57 AM

I have studied this plan. You executed it quite well. Great job on the finish. Best wishes to your daughter.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#11 posted 06-04-2011 07:43 AM

NICE work! Beautiful finish / color. Love the gentle arches – nice touch. Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#12 posted 06-05-2011 06:08 PM

love it…I think I may need to copy it…..

-- "thats all I have to say about that..."

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#13 posted 06-05-2011 06:41 PM

Thanks again everyone. The plans can be found in Woodsmith No. 148 (August 2003). The top and base were optional changes, but I think they add a lot more to the piece.

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#14 posted 10-02-2011 08:10 AM

Magnificent workmanship my brother. That finish must have taken some time, but it surely paid off.

-- A Family That Prays Together...Is A Family That Stays Together

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