Granddaddy's Dresser

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Project by JoeyG posted 808 days ago 1245 views 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This dresser belonged to my wife’s grandfather. It sat in the corner of my shop for a couple of years until it was time to do something with it. My little girls are getting bigger and as with all girls, they need more space for their clothing. I decided to clean this up, then I figured I would just sand it a little bit then it turned into a full blown restore. I had to fabricate missing and broken parts, sand all the old finish off, and then re-stain and finish. It is made of a heavy mahogany veneer. The stuff is over a 1/16 thick and poplar. The poplar was a challenge to get the same color as the mahogany, but I think I got it close.

My oldest daughter did most of the staining. At 10 years old, I think she did a great job. I stained the poplar and helped her keep things smooth.

Thanks a lot for taking a look.


Here are a couple of before pics

-- JoeyG ~~~

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 808 days ago

not only is it. A beautiful piece, it’s wonderful that you involved your daughter. Great work as always.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 808 days ago

looks great!

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wild bill franklin

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#3 posted 808 days ago

Looks great Joey, you put alot of time into it i can tell !! I ‘ve got a dresser that needs refinished when i get the time .

-- wild bill, Stapleton, Al

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#4 posted 808 days ago

Quite a difference from before and after. Very cool that your little girl helped out, too. Once mine is out of diapers I’m gonna put her to work!

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - -

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#5 posted 808 days ago

I love getting my kids in the shop. I wish I was able to get them out there more. The toughest part is finding things they can do without getting hurt. They get bored very quickly if they only get to watch. My oldest girl likes to build, my son (who is in the middle) likes to sand and my youngest girl doesn’t want to get dirty. LOL

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#6 posted 808 days ago


Nice job. Isn’t it fun to have this kind of help on a project? A real chance to make a restoration and a memory at the same time.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 808 days ago

Wow. It came out looking great. I’m trying to get my daughter involved too. Much respect.

-- Marcos, California

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#8 posted 808 days ago

That came out really nice, any participation from the young ones is a bonus.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#9 posted 808 days ago

Y’all did a great job on this. Looks brand new!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Douglas Bordner

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#10 posted 808 days ago

Super job, G-family!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 808 days ago

You really did an incredible job, Joey! It looks amazing! Just wonderful! :)


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#12 posted 808 days ago

Thank you everyone. I think it made a real impression on my daughter to take something that looked so rough and turn it into something beautiful.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#13 posted 808 days ago


I’d say you have quite the apprentice shop mate, there!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#14 posted 808 days ago

You guys did a super job restoring that family heirloom. Should be good for another 100 years. Good job getting your kids involved. Your daughter looks very proud of her stain job. My 5 year old granddaughter LOVES to run the shop vac!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 808 days ago

Wow, nice restore on that dresser and it nice to have young helper!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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