Chest of Drawers, Computer Desk, Dry Erase Board - Jamie (Summer 2010)

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Project by JSB posted 09-17-2012 04:35 AM 1743 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this dresser for my wife (girlfriend at the time). We were looking to buy one but didnt want to buy any cheap china dressers so we decided to build a cheap pine dresser. This was my first take at making solid panels. I glued and pocket hole screwed 3 pieces of pine to make the sides and top. I remember rushing to get this project done and did not take the time to properly flatten my glued panels. Once again this was a good “dont do it this way” learning experiences to look back on. I wanted a darker stain to match her current furniture so I used a Minwax Red Mahogany. This was also a “dont stain pine this way you idiot” learning experience. Obviously cheap yellow pine does not like dark stains and is crazy blotchy. I did not know it at the time. I ended up coating the finish on incredibly thick and letting the blistering Mississippi summer sun dry the finish. Same thing with a Poly top coat. Honnestly it was a horrible way to finish the project but it turned out a lot better than expected. The finish still looks great today but the sides have developed some warping. The second to last picture shows the same batch of wood as a computer desk. Same thing with the stain. The desk was built to size to match a piece of former table glass. And the last picture is a matching dry erase board. Simple picture frame with a routed shelf for markers. I took apart a Wal-Mart dry erase board for the parts.
- Jay

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#1 posted 09-17-2012 12:09 PM

The dresser looks great, nice work.
Thanks for showing.

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#2 posted 12-05-2012 08:23 PM

Good job! I am currently building a much narrower chest of drawers and appreciate what you have gone through with this project.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 05-06-2013 10:57 AM

Nice job.Love that design.A good chest of drawers should be durable and can withstand the test of time.This functional piece adds much needed storage.It must be appropriate to the design of your place and has the right color as well as made from the right materials.

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