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Project by blackdogwoodshop posted 03-14-2008 05:35 AM 16255 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a built-in dresser that I built for the master bedroom in our home. I finished this project more than a year ago, but this project is still one of my wife’s favorite things to chide me about. The first step in the project was to cut a hole in the bedroom wall. After that, I built the dresser (off and on in my spare time) over the course of about a year. As you might suspect, my wife appreciates the dresser much more than she appreciated having a gaping hole in the wall.

The dresser is built into a knee wall and is stepped at the back to take full advantage of the space. I made the face frame and the drawer fronts from quartersawn maple with some interesting figure. For the finish, I used a water based dye and Arm R Seal topcoat.

The drawers are inset and ride on maple rails (no metal slides). The drawers at the bottom are longer than the drawers at the top. The bottom drawer is about 22 inches long while the top drawer is about 9 inches long. In addition, there 5 different drawer depths. From the top, the drawer depths are 2 1/2 inches, 3 1/2 inches, 3 1/2 inches, 5 1/2 inches, 6 1/2 inches, 6/12 inches, and 8 inches. The handles are maple and walnut. There are 5 different handle sizes (the deeper drawers have thicker handles).

-- Daniel, Southern Indiana -- "Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." -- http://blackdogwoodshop.etsy.com





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GaryK

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#1 posted 03-14-2008 06:02 AM

That’s pretty cool! Great use of space!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 03-14-2008 06:59 AM

Good use of dead space, no loss of floor space and making Mom Happy! Win, win, win situation! Thanks for posting.

Tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 03-14-2008 08:50 AM

That is a really clever use of space. Your joinery is excellent – beautiful dovetails and contrast. I really like this project.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Dorje

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#4 posted 03-14-2008 09:11 AM

Neat idea! That maple looks like cherry! How wide are the drawers? I like that you graduated the drawer sizes…nice touch!

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

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#5 posted 03-14-2008 10:46 AM

I like this. The drawers are nice with the wide dovetails and the big pulls.

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#6 posted 03-14-2008 11:10 AM

Daniel,

I, too, thought this was cherry when I first saw the pictures. Very nice project and I like the way that your drawer pulls echo the shape of the dovetails on the drawers. This is an efficient use of space as well.

It would drive my wife nuts, though. She has this compulsive drive to continually rearrange furniture. For some reason she can’t seem to be able to simply leave it alone. A dresser like this one would be hard to move. (I may have to think about putting something like this in the next time she yells at me about tracking in sawdust). :)

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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darryl

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#7 posted 03-14-2008 01:35 PM

I think the only downside to this project is if you ever move out of this house!
That is a really cool project. nice work, I love the look of the dovetails.

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#8 posted 03-14-2008 01:58 PM

beautiful work … fantastic idea … you must live in a cape cod style house

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

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Kevin

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#9 posted 03-14-2008 04:01 PM

Great idea. I like the different sizes of everything. Makes it unique.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#10 posted 03-14-2008 06:45 PM

This goes into my “never saw that before” file. Nice work!

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

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blackdogwoodshop

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#11 posted 03-15-2008 05:58 AM

Thanks for the compliments!

The drawers are 12” wide. I designed the piece so that it fits between wall studs. The face frame is about 17” wide, while the cabinet behind it is 14” wide. By the way, in checking the drawer widths, I noticed that some of my dimension above were of a bit so I am correcting those.

The house is an A Frame, and we have a quite a few spaces like this that I plan to build similar solutions for (someday).

-- Daniel, Southern Indiana -- "Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." -- http://blackdogwoodshop.etsy.com

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#12 posted 03-15-2008 06:19 AM

Several people commented that the dresser has the look of Cherry. Our bed is cherry, and my wife wanted this to “match”. I created several sample boards and let her decide on the final color of the finish.

-- Daniel, Southern Indiana -- "Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." -- http://blackdogwoodshop.etsy.com

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blackdogwoodshop

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#13 posted 03-20-2008 04:40 AM

For those that are interested, here is a better picture of the grain and the finish. Thanks for looking!

Built-In Dresser 14

-- Daniel, Southern Indiana -- "Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." -- http://blackdogwoodshop.etsy.com

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#14 posted 06-28-2008 03:53 AM

Thats a nice Built-In Dresser.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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blackdogwoodshop

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#15 posted 06-28-2008 03:31 PM

Thanks!

-- Daniel, Southern Indiana -- "Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." -- http://blackdogwoodshop.etsy.com

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