Tim's (16 Drawer) Dresser

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Project by newTim posted 07-13-2008 07:58 AM 3564 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Keeping with the theme of Function/Modern/Streamlined/Will Last Two Thousand Years, I give you my Sixteen Drawer Dresser. Since I am a little over 6’5” and weighed, at the time, 275+, I needed all the room I could get.

All the drawers are dovetailed front and back. Each also sports a Cocobolo pull cut like a loose tennon and installed in the same way. Maple with tiger maple accents. GF Seal-A-Cell base with multiple oil top coats.

I use MS-Excel to work out the project plans. I set up a model just like a financial budget so if one dimension changes they all do. This way you can also set up What-if Data tables to report back an array of data based on a pattern of changes to one or two selected dimensions.

Weighs a ton… should perform well in an earthquake.

-- tim hill

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#1 posted 07-13-2008 08:06 AM

Boy if I had half of that to store my things in I would be very happy : ) Great job !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 07-13-2008 08:18 AM

It is nice having all that space. I really like the two shallow, wide top drawers for watches, glasses and such. Everything is spread out so you can easily find things. I also lined them with a non-skid material to help keep things in place.

-- tim hill

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 07-13-2008 12:52 PM

A great piece of craftsmanship!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 07-13-2008 01:36 PM

Tim, I use Excel in my day job, but that’s interesting…using it as a planning tool for woodworking.

This is a beautiful piece…and earthquake proof too. I love the cocobolo contrasts.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#5 posted 07-13-2008 03:00 PM

Another beauty! Excel as a project planner: I like that!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#6 posted 07-13-2008 03:02 PM

Very nice!

Interesting tip about Excel. I use it every day in my job, and am pretty much a whiz with it, but I never thought of using it as you describe for woodworking projects.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 07-13-2008 07:01 PM

Hi Tim;

Great work.

The idea of a spreadsheet is a good one. I never thought of that.

I might give that a try sometime. It’s been a while since I set up a spreadsheet, and the last one I did was extremely large, and quite complicated for me to do. (not being an expert).

It was used to track project details, payments, percent complete, change orders, retainer, time to completion and a number of other details. Changes made on one page would update the appropriate cells of a number of other pages.

It was actually a lot of fun.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 07-13-2008 07:13 PM

Re Excel… I’ve found a couple of ways to use it. First you can size the rows and columns to be equal so each cell is square. The sheet then looks like graph paper. You can use the cell’s border lines to draw in a project’s outline but I think there is a better way.

Leave the cells wide (ie default mode) and use the Insert/Shapes to draw the project. You can then put dimensions in the cells and use those with the Sum function or other formulas to add things up.

The advantage of creating a graph paper grid is it helps with scale. The downside is fitting a dimension or formula in a small cell. One solution is to use the Merge & Center tool to combine cells so they are wide enough to read its contents. You can also use fractions in Excel. I know there are 3D programs like Sketch-Up that are much fancier, but often I need something that is fast and gives me the critical information like sizing and rough/final cut dimensions. We all go through the same iterative process, if the bottom drawers are 9”x20” and the border is 3/4” what is the total interior case height? Etc. Excel can really speed this up.

-- tim hill

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#9 posted 07-13-2008 09:50 PM

Nice job!

Thanks for the post


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#10 posted 07-14-2008 01:46 AM

The dresser looks great, very good build

All that other excel stuff is greek to me.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#11 posted 07-15-2008 04:21 PM

I like your dresser, nice clean lines.
Are you tired of making drawers yet ? LOL
Serious question tho- I cant tell by picture #2, but how are the drawers set up to slide in an out ? Did you use a bottom track?

Thanks for posting

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#12 posted 07-15-2008 05:40 PM

On this project I used side-mounted full extension drawer slides.

-- tim hill

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