walnut/sycamore dresser

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Project by kansas posted 09-03-2013 12:02 AM 1933 views 12 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from plans in Feb. 2004 Workbench magazine. Black Walnut with sycamore handles. Handles are my own idea. Internal case is birch ply. My first major project with dovetails. I used a PC jig. The sycamore drawer sides are not very forgiving, even with the jig I got a little split out on the tails when assembling, to the point that I trimmed the tails a little with a chisel. The sycamore is an experiment. Got it in a pile with other stuff and wanted to try it. Finish is Boiled linseed oil, then clear shellac, then satin lacquer.

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#1 posted 09-03-2013 03:03 AM

A very nice piece. Good design, good build.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#2 posted 09-03-2013 03:38 AM

Gorgeous! I love walnut—and sycamore—they look great together, especially on this piece.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#3 posted 09-03-2013 11:02 AM

What an excellent build…you did a great job it’s superb, ...well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 09-03-2013 01:11 PM

The thing I like most about this are the small details. It looks like a lot of time was spent adding the little touches that make it look clean and complete. Thanks for posting.

-- "Some get spiritual 'cause they see the light, and some 'cause they feel the heat." --Ray Wiley Hubbard

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#5 posted 09-03-2013 03:57 PM

Beautiful work.

Would you mind to share your finishing details: when applying shellac – what cut ? and sprayed or bruhsed? Final steel wool? Other Shellac details?

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#6 posted 09-03-2013 05:32 PM

Very well done. Craftsmanship looks great.

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#7 posted 09-03-2013 05:43 PM

Beautiful job!

Great choice of woods.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 09-04-2013 03:44 AM

Well your finish brought out the dynamics of the wood grain in the black walnut and your sycamore handles contrast fell in with the horizontal lines beautifully!!!! Nice build Kansas!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#9 posted 09-06-2013 02:39 PM

Very beautiful dresser! Like the wood combo, the dovetails and the handles are awesome. Excellent work!

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