Dresser for my daughter

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Project by Jake posted 08-30-2012 07:43 PM 1729 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone, this is my first posting on LJ’s. I’ve been lurking around the site for the past 4 months and I just finished my first major project, so my wife convinced me to post. This is a dresser I made for my first child. It doubles as a dresser/changing station. I only had nights and weekends to work on it so it took me a while to finish, but I got it done just in time (6 days before baby arrived).

The wood is white oak cut from a tree 250+ years old or so my lumber guy claims. Makes for a nice story anyway. The legs and trim are walnut. I started to run out of oak when I was finishing up the drawers so I put a strip of walnut through the middle of the top drawers. Which turns out to by my wife’s favorite portion. Hooray for miscalculations.

I’m very new to woodworking so there is a lot I would do differently, but it’s a solid piece of furniture that will hold up for many many years. My daughter was born on the 24th so this has already seen some use and it works quite nicely.

Thanks for looking and I hope to post more projects when I can find a minute between diaper changes to wander down to the basement shop.

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#1 posted 08-30-2012 07:55 PM

Looks very nice and well put together; congrats on the new daughter, they can be a lot of fun.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#2 posted 08-30-2012 08:04 PM

Nice job Kaja. Love the contrast across the top row of drawers.

-- Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. - Thomas Edison

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#3 posted 08-30-2012 08:08 PM

Great work! I think the strip of walnut was a good addition. Welcome to lumberjocks!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 08-30-2012 09:09 PM

Now that’s sweet.

-- Bob

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#5 posted 08-31-2012 12:23 AM

An ambitious first project ! In the first pix (before you zom it) it looks like the dresser is levitating !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#6 posted 08-31-2012 12:35 AM

First project Wow….. You are well on your way and best of all we learn more and more as we go deeper into the woods…...

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#7 posted 08-31-2012 01:29 AM

Really nice piece of furniture, well done.
We all make mistakes when working the wood, but it’s a sign of a good woodworker when he can disguise them well, and your strip of walnut through the top drawers was such a sign of a good craftsman.
Thanks for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#8 posted 08-31-2012 02:32 AM

If you are new what will you be building in a year or two? Great project!!!

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#9 posted 08-31-2012 03:36 AM

Impressive. Really good looking piece.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#10 posted 08-31-2012 04:30 AM

For your first major project it looks great. Now to build a bed to match.

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#11 posted 08-31-2012 05:42 AM

Very nice looking. I would think your daughter loved it.

Welome to LJ’s.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#12 posted 08-31-2012 05:44 AM

Just figured out that your daughter is to young to love it yet, but she will for many years to go!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#13 posted 08-31-2012 09:43 AM

Thank you all for the warm welcome, positive comments and encouraging words!

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#14 posted 08-31-2012 01:17 PM

Nice piece! It reminds me kinda of the dresser i built for my daughter a few years ago using cherry and walnut.

-- BN in Indiana

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#15 posted 08-31-2012 02:53 PM

Job well done! Something she’ll treasure for the rest of her life. Changing tables only last a few years, dressers last a lifetime. I personally love the combination of white oak and walnut, I made one about a year ago for my first daughter. Congrats on the baby.

-- Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right. -Henry Ford

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