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Trapezoidal Maple Dresser with a "floating" Cabinet + Sketchup Model

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Project by JoshLawson posted 345 days ago 1764 views 12 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished this project for my soon to be baby girl just in time. My wife is due two days from now…

I used a similar concept of the floating cabinet that I had used in an entertainment center project a couple years ago, but added a 7 degree outward cant on the legs to keep things interesting. It’s made primarily of hard maple and plain sawn maple plywood. I used walnut accents throughout. All of the joints are wedged through tenons, and I was able to reuse walnut that was salvaged from an old organ for the tenons.

In order to keep the drawer glides parallel, I made some wedges to glue on to the inside edges of the cabinet. I’ve fallen in love with soft close ball bearing glides, especially with kids in the house. It may not be as “fine” of a way to craft a drawer, but they sure work great.

Here’s a link to the Sketchup model I made before starting. I stayed pretty true to the original model, but modified a few things that I changed my mind about during the process.
http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=a192e64fdacbc0c35b4332eec29c6692

The project I based the cabinet off of:
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-- Josh Lawson - Ankeny, Iowa





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ksubenny

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#1 posted 345 days ago

Awesome work, love the extra details and accents, I don’t think I would’ve been that brave given the deadline but nice work!

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Roger

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#2 posted 345 days ago

Wow! That is aweome! Nice build

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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HillbillyShooter

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#3 posted 345 days ago

Extremely well done! Beautiful workmanship destined to become a family heirloom.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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kdc68

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#4 posted 345 days ago

Outstanding work….congrats on your new born girl

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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LoganN

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#5 posted 345 days ago

Wow! That is one gorgeous piece of work! I love the shape and the outside supports! Great work!

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WhoMe

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#6 posted 345 days ago

What a great design. Looks great too.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies and the wall gets in the way.. - Mike -

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a1Jim

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#7 posted 345 days ago

cool design Josh and a fine build.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Buckethead

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#8 posted 345 days ago

Amazing. This is among the finer projects I’ve seen.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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aussiedave

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#9 posted 345 days ago

Beautiful dresser Josh …the maple is really pretty and you did an awesome job. It’s my favorite for today….
Well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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Oldtool

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#10 posted 345 days ago

Fantastic craftsmanship, great looking dresser.

-- "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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SebringDon

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#11 posted 344 days ago

Beautiful design, wonderfully executed. One to be proud of.

-- Don

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Albe

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#12 posted 344 days ago

Awesome

-- Pain is temporary, quitting last forever.

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BTimmons

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#13 posted 344 days ago

That’s a really extraordinary piece. Between all the wedged through tenon joinery and the drawer construction, it’s a real standout. Very impressive work.

And due two days from now? Man, you finished just under the wire! Got a little girl myself. Your life is about to get a lot more interesting (and sleep deprived).

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147

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Greg In Maryland

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#14 posted 344 days ago

Nicely done! Oh, and congratulations to you and your wife!

If you have a chance, could you describe your finish? I realize you will be busy for the next 18 years, so don’t worry if it gakes a bit of time.

Greg

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JoshLawson

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#15 posted 344 days ago

The finish I use is super simple, after trying a few different finishes, I’ve settled on General Finishes High Performance Polyurethane Water Based Top Coat I usually do four coats, with a 220 grit sanding after the first coat (since the water based finish raises the grain so much) and a 600 grit sanding before the last coat. I almost never use any stains or dyes because I like the way the wood speaks for itself in a natural clear finish.
Before I got my HVLP spray gun, I used a lot more oil based, but I love how fast the water based stain drys as well as having a lot less odor as it cures.

-- Josh Lawson - Ankeny, Iowa

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