Mahogany Dresser

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Project by JasonA posted 08-13-2011 10:02 PM 1629 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this about four years ago. It was made primarily out of MDF that I veneer with Mahogany. An experiment with veneering if you will. Finish was a water-based General Finish dark mahogany stain with a finish of gloss (which i regret now) water-based poly.

The sides and drawer front are all veneered and the drawers are 1/2” baltic birch ply. The top is a piece of MDF veneered framed (45) with solid mahogany to allow an edge to be ran. I did a french dovetail on the drawer front and standard english dovetails on the rear, which after about 4 years has been rock solid with kids using it ever day which if you have kids means a lot! I was worried in the beginning that the MDF might fail after repeated use but with this style of jointing it turned out pretty well.

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#1 posted 08-13-2011 10:13 PM

It looks great. Thanks for sharing.

A few questions about construction. What type of method or router bit did you use on the top piece solid mahogany. How did you attach the solid mahog to the ply for the top? Just glue or brads or what. Also the same question about the bottom molding. How was the constructed. The bottom looks like you used a a flat piece of the ply then added sometype of molding on top of it. Do you make the molding or purchase it that way? If you made it what did you use?

The color is very nice too.


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#2 posted 08-13-2011 10:30 PM

Angela, the top is a piece of 3/4 MDF, then I simply glued/clamped 2” strips of 3/4” mahogany around the edge, mitered the edges kind of a picture frame if you will. I then veneered the whole top MDF and Mahogany, took it to my router table, and routed an edge. The effect was a solid piece of mahogany, with a dark stain you cant even see the seam between the veneer and solid portions.

The bottom and all of the mouldings are solid mahogany. The base was built up first with a 2” X 3”, the a level of some standard ogee moulding nailed with an 18 gauge brad. I made all of the moldings on my router table, I prefer this because it gives me a reason to buy more bits, and it guarantees you that it’ll match when you stain it!

Thanks for looking! Jason

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#3 posted 08-14-2011 12:46 AM

Beautiful Dresser, Jason.

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#4 posted 08-14-2011 06:00 AM

Thanks for the info. Great Job.

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