Norm Abrams Five-Drawer Dresser

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Project by DustyMark posted 10-11-2012 08:29 PM 1989 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Completed 1989. This cherry dresser is a Norm Abram’s design and is detailed in one of his books. I departed from the plan by dovetailing the base instead of mitering it. My late wife got very tired of wrestling with the drawers and insisted that I fix them. 18 years after completing the project, I installed a drawer guide system. Those guides work so well that you can close it one-handed from a far corner of the drawer.

I wish I hadn’t used those mushroom-shaped knobs…ugly. I could easily turn a new set, but the sun exposure would take cherry would take a while to darken the newly exposed wood to match the rest of the case. I never use stain with cherry. I always use an oil finish and let sun exposure do the rest. The later pictures of the case are from 2012. There is a noticeable difference.

I also wish that I hadn’t done the routed edge that overhangs the case side. I was to cheap to buy 5/4 stock and the lip formed after routing the edge is quite thin. I should have made the drawers flush with the inside of the case.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#1 posted 10-12-2012 02:43 AM

Nice work, very nice. Beautiful pieces of furniture.

-- "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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#2 posted 10-12-2012 03:06 AM

You make Norm proud ,very well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 10-12-2012 04:08 AM

Thanks, Norm gives great instructions both in video and in his books. I made his tapered post bed as well, but haven’t posted it yet.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#4 posted 10-13-2012 03:45 AM

Beautiful dresser.

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#5 posted 10-13-2012 04:36 PM

i like this one

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#6 posted 12-03-2012 02:44 AM

Looks good to me. And it has stood the test of time. Well done.

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

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#7 posted 12-30-2012 06:01 PM

Like your modifications and the drawer guide. That’s what he would call “Yankee Ingineuity (sp?).

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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