|Project by jwicks||posted 03-20-2012 11:27 PM||2511 views||12 times favorited||9 comments|
This project has been in progress for some time. I started working on it in the Fall/Winter of 2010. During that time I completed most of construction for the base assembly. I then picked up the project again in December of 2011, putting the finishing touches on the base, gluing up the carcase, and spraying the finish. The past 2 months or so I’ve been working on the drawers: milling, joinery, fitting to the openings, sanding, spray finishing.
The dresser is cherry with maple drawer sides/backs. The two side panels are cherry plywood. The top, rails, legs, dust frame fronts, and drawer fronts are all solid cherry.
This was my first time building such a big project, and also my first time building inset drawers. I was initially intimidated by the thought of building inset drawers w/o using metal slides, but I’m very happy with how they turned out and really glad I decided to go with the wood runners. I watched some of the video workshops on FWW that provided a lot of great tips. The drawers provided a nice mix of power tools for the joinery and rough sizing, and hand tools for cleanup, finessing, and final piston fit. They all slide in/out very smoothly and have a built in soft close mechanism as the air rushes out.
The finish is sprayed on General Finishes High Performance WB Satin. I’m really liking the spray finishes. I can easily put 4-5 coats on in a day, and it dries before any dust can land, leaving a really smooth final surface.
Short video tour: https://vimeo.com/38786826