Amy wedding present dresser

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Project by kevinw posted 03-03-2008 12:01 AM 2568 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this dresser as a wedding gift for my daughter and son-in-law. They had been married about 6 months by the time they got it, but seemed to feel it was worth the wait. Quite a bit of the material was salvaged from an old house they tore down where I work and I claimed a lot of old oak 4” floor molding for free the day before the wreckers came. So I had to do a lot of sort, re-gluing and planing to work around all the nail holes and such.

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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#1 posted 03-03-2008 12:18 AM

pretty piece !

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#2 posted 03-03-2008 12:36 AM

A special gift for a special occasion. What a beautiful heirloom to pass on thru the generations. It is extra special that you made it from old lumber. I would hate to think of all this kind of material that has been lost over the years. I was very young when my grand dad died but I can remember my folks carrying gunnysack’s full of old hand carved decoys out of the garage and burning them. They only kept four out of dozens.

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#3 posted 03-03-2008 12:36 AM

Very nice wedding gift. I am always amazed at how much more character is in old reclaimed wood.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 03-03-2008 01:10 AM


This is a really nice piece and I love the fact that it was constructed from “re-directed” material. I am sure that your daughter really appreciates the piece, especially given the history of the piece. This is a family heirloom that will be passed on to future generations.

Well done.

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#5 posted 03-03-2008 03:13 AM

Great looking dresser,

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#6 posted 03-03-2008 05:21 AM

Wonderful dresser, Kevin. I’m sure they will enjoy it for many, many years.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 03-03-2008 05:49 AM

Very nice piece. Like the clean lines and the way you selected the boards and oriented the grain patterns.
Dovetail drawers are a very nice touch.

-- Gerry

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#8 posted 03-04-2008 06:14 AM

Really a great job Kevin!

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#9 posted 03-07-2008 02:41 AM

Great looking dresser, nice use of reclaimed wood.

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#10 posted 03-07-2008 03:02 AM

lucky daughter

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#11 posted 03-21-2008 07:54 AM

Great job on the dresser, I’m sure your daughter and son-in-law are very proud of your workmanship and very pleased with the gift. What are the approx. overall dimensions? I’ve got a stack of cherry rarin’ to go and I’m going to build one for my wife as soon as I find a plan I like. I have a couple of plans already, but I like your dresser better. Is it your own design or did you find a plan somewhere?


-- Steve - "Dang, no matter how many times I run it through the planer it's still too thin!"

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#12 posted 03-22-2008 02:48 AM


I purchased it as a reprint from Workbench magazine. Here is a link for it:

The plans were clear and accurate which helped make things easy. Their version was actually built in cherry, so it will definitely look good.

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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#13 posted 03-22-2008 06:26 AM

Thanks for the link Kevin. Man, it’s funny how things work out sometimes. I was checking my e-mail before logging on to LJ tonight and I had something from I decided to check out their bedroom plans and they have that same plan too. Not only that, but they have a matching night table and bed!

Then, lo and behold, I followed your link to Workbench Magazine and when I clicked on the “Buy Project Plan” link it took me to! I don’t know if this is ‘sawdust destiny’ or what, but right about now I’m thinkin’ this is the plan for me! :) I just hope mine turns out half as nice as your did. Thanks again.


-- Steve - "Dang, no matter how many times I run it through the planer it's still too thin!"

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#14 posted 03-22-2008 02:34 PM

Nice work twice. Once for reclaiming the materials, again for good workmanship on the dresser.

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#15 posted 03-22-2008 04:23 PM


I got a real chuckle out of your “sawdust destiny” phrase. I will have to remember that one. Have a great day.


-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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