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My two girls, Madeline and Caitlin, had been growing like gangbusters this past year and the space we have for their clothing was reaching it’s limit. I’d been wanting to do a large dresser and had been eyeing the Harvey Ellis design sketched by Robert Lang in his craftsman furniture books.
Though I’m always in the middle of a dozen or so projects at any time, I’d decided to move this one to the top of the queue in order to have the dresser finished by the holidays. My girls are too young to really appreciate my work yet, but I hope that someday they will look back at what I’ve made them and perhaps even fight a little over who get to keep them when I’m gone (ha ha).About 6 weeks later, I’ve finally moved the piece into the girls room.
As expected, they are oblivious to their new gift, but I am thrilled at the way the piece looks. I’ve got to say; this is my best piece yet! I feel like I’m finally starting to get the quality I’ve been desiring out of my work. I discovered that the Lang drawings for this piece were lacking in a lot of information (what’s up with that Bob?), but this pushed me to think through the details of the piece as I went.
Southern yellow pine and pin oak make up the secondary woods. Oil and wax finish. Hand-cut dovetails (front and rear) on all the drawers. All joinery is traditional and the only ply used was for the panels in the web frames (inside the case), and for three drawer bottoms.
I’ve blogged about this here: http://handmadebyhickey.com