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Project by Zulu55 posted 941 days ago 2387 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey everyone,

I just finished building a solid pine dresser and solid pine bedside table for my son. The dresser was inspired by Mr. Becksvoort’s 4 drawer chest. I just modified it slightly and added two extra drawers and made the dovetails slightly shallower on the frame so that the weaker softwood strength would not be compromised. This was a great build for me as it is my first piece of furniture and first time using dovetails and mortise and tenons. Boy was there a lot to do too!

The bedside table was basically copied from one that I have and like.

The finish I used: one coat of Boiled Linseed Oil, two coats of amber shellac (first coat rubbed, second coat brushed). After this was done, I applied a nice coat of wax.

I made a few mistakes along the way which will make any future pieces a bit easier for me (or at least quicker) to build. I have received feedback about using pine with knots on the dividers which I now know I should have avoided. Unfortunately I was only able to afford pine to do this build because of the cost. I was initially looking at Douglas Fir or a nice hardwood like Cherry.

I would appreciate any comments/critiques so that I do a better job on future pieces. I will not be offended whatsoever.

Cheers,

Adam

-- Adam - Langley, British Columbia (Canada)





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DaddyT

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#1 posted 941 days ago

I like it! Im a big fan of pine anyways. I like the knot holes. Speaking of which, atleast you now know about the dividers. Keep up the good work and welcome to LJ’s

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 941 days ago

Hi Adam
Welcome to LJs
You’ve done a wonderful job on this dresser and bed side table.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Michael Wilson

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#3 posted 941 days ago

I love it. These are quite literally the reason I picked up woodworking.

Do you have a link to the originals?

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Zulu55

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#4 posted 941 days ago

Thanks for the feedback gentlemen. I appreciate it.

madwilliamflint, I just spent some time trying to locate plans for the original but I was unsuccessful. I do have a link that has a picture of the original from Mr. Becksvoort’s website. You just have to scroll down a bit to see it.

Click Here

I saw the basic plans (basically a 3 dimensional drawing of the parts semi-assembled) in a copy of Fine Woodworking. I believe it was FWW #206. I say this because Mr. Becksvoort’s website includes all of his articles published in FWW and #206 sounds familiar.

-- Adam - Langley, British Columbia (Canada)

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BerBer5985

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#5 posted 941 days ago

That looks great! Awesome job!

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com

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jeff

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#6 posted 941 days ago

your first piece of furniture using dovetails,mortise and tenons—-WOW…Jeff

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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~Julie~

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#7 posted 941 days ago

Love it…. pine is my favourite. I made the same mistake as you many years ago with a knot on a stile that ended up “bending” it.
Congratulations for completing such a great piece!

-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca

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ChuckV

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#8 posted 940 days ago

Beautiful job Adam. I like pine, especially for a piece like this.

Welcome to LJs. It will be great to see more of your work in the future.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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doncutlip

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#9 posted 940 days ago

Yeay pine! You did a great job on these two.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Randy Sharp

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#10 posted 940 days ago

Nice job, Adam. The dovetails look great! Thanks for sharing.

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 940 days ago

Adam, both of these look really nice. You did a fine job.

helluvawreck

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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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JaLatham

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#12 posted 938 days ago

Great pieces, they look great. I can’t shake the feeling that that door on the nightstand will warp soon if not secured with breadboard ends, or battens attatched from behind or something. Is there a reason you left it without a frame or the like?

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Zulu55

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#13 posted 938 days ago

Thanks for the feedback.

JaLatham, I didnt’ really think of putting breadboard ends or battens but that may have been a good idea. I copied the bedside table from two that I have and they don’t have any battens or breadboard ends…”knock on wood” they haven’t warped and I’ve owned them since 2006. That being said, you make a good point and I may end up having to do that if they move on this project.

-- Adam - Langley, British Columbia (Canada)

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Everett1

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#14 posted 910 days ago

Nothing wrong with Pine my friend, true early american style.

Plus, if your son beats it up, it doesn’t hurt AS much, ha

Ev

-- Ev in Framingham, MA

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Zulu55

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#15 posted 910 days ago

Good point Everett1…..lol

-- Adam - Langley, British Columbia (Canada)

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