8-Drawer Dresser Made from Reclaimed Gangway Planks and Barn Wood

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Project by OttoSchmitz posted 606 days ago 3427 views 15 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

New woodworker here. After years of loving old reclaimed woods of all types, I decided to buy a few basic tools and try my hand at furniture making. Pretty simple construction here given that I don’t have a router. I just bought some old threshing boards that were 2” thick and milled them for the legs and interior structure. Used cedar boards to keep the interior drawers light. Accent pieces include the barn wood for drawer fronts and sides as well as antique Eastlake drawer pulls. More photos on my blog.

Fell free to leave comments or suggestions. Thanks!

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#1 posted 606 days ago

Looks great nice job

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#2 posted 606 days ago

Love the look of the wood, looks nice.

-- "I'm a lumbrjock and I'm OK..."

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#3 posted 606 days ago

love the look just wondering how easy the drawers open and close with the wood to slide on.

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#4 posted 606 days ago

great job

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#5 posted 606 days ago

Don, great question. They slide very nicely but that takes a bit of effort. Sanded to 320 and used soap on rails.

Will post photo of how I did rail construction but don’t snicker at me.

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#6 posted 606 days ago

Wax is also great for sliding drawers. Welcome, Schmitz! :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#7 posted 606 days ago

Great use of reclaimed wood !

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#8 posted 606 days ago

welcome to LJ’s I like that you reclaimed/recycled..very nice piece.

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#9 posted 605 days ago

Beautiful piece. I love the design and color. Very nice job !!

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#10 posted 605 days ago

Great work and I love the way you chose the wood for the frame and drawers.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#11 posted 605 days ago

Great job! Reclaimed wood always seems to give even more character to great pieces!

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#12 posted 605 days ago

Like the visual of your piece. Do you know what spieces of wood the thethreshing boards are? Did you mill the wood or have it milled since you mentioned not having a lot of tools? Wabi-Sabi

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 605 days ago

They told me that the threshing boards were 150 year old white pine. It’s very soft for the most part. I’m happy to send you a scrap board if you PM your mailing address.

You can see the photos of the rough material on my blog. They are about 2” thick and I left them their original thickness. All I did is rip them to the same approx width and then used my chop saw to cut lengths. I have a planer but didn’t use that at all. So basically all I did was rip, chop and sand.

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#14 posted 605 days ago

recycle man recycle!!!!! Like it!

-- Robert, Mississippi,

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#15 posted 605 days ago

I love projects using recycled lumber and your dresser is a stunning example. The colors and simplicity of design blend to make a very attractive piece. I cant wait to see your next project. Oh and welcome to LJs! You are an instant hit with a top three right off the bat.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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