The Beginning of a new Bedroom Suite

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After dozens of smaller “Skill Building” projects that I have made, mostly as gifts for others I have finally started to feel comfortable in tackling some large furniture items…........

This is a dresser that is the first piece of a bedroom suite I am putting together, It is constructed of Cherry with Poplar secondary wood, hand dovetailed drawers with solid poplar bottom panels, Wooden Drawer guides, stops to prevent you from pulling them out of the carcass, turned knobs, Simulated pegged joinery, and many coats of General Finishes Polyurethane, applied over the course of 2 weeks and then after full cure polished to silky smoothness with McGuires Automotive polishing Compound and Glaze. inspiration is a mixture of Shaker with a slight, very slight contemporary flair.

I am not so good about taking “In Process” or build photographs….I get so wrapped up on the process I simply forget to take them so sadly, this is the only suitable photo of this project, the next one will be documented more completely for those that have an interest.

This is the first piece, next up is the Armoire, then the Bed and two Nightstands. I remember shopping around for a replacement for the worn, mid quality bedroom that is left over after 35 years and one divorce and finding that the bedroom set I was looking for really doesn’t exist and what I did find was medium quality and priced way too high for what it was. That inspired me to build my own…..After building this dresser I can easily see why custom equivalents are priced as high as they are. It will be well worth it when finished.

-- So Much Wood - So Little Time! --

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#1 posted 01-05-2014 02:08 PM

Really nice work

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 01-05-2014 02:34 PM

that is a beautiful piece!

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#3 posted 01-05-2014 04:21 PM

Great job a fine looking dresser.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 01-05-2014 08:46 PM

Very Nice!

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#5 posted 01-06-2014 02:48 AM

That’s an awesome start to your new bedroom set. I found myself in the same situation years back and did the exact same thing. Nothing better that living with the furniture that you made, it’s destined to be an heirloom someday.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#6 posted 01-06-2014 05:25 AM

It will be a great bedroom set. Love the fact that you cut all the dovetails and used solid wood for the drawer bottoms. I love cherry and your finish really shows it off.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Willie, Ashland, Oregon

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#7 posted 01-06-2014 05:31 AM

Looks really nice. Take a few more pics so you don’t have to type so much. :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#8 posted 01-06-2014 03:14 PM

I’d say your “skill building” projects paid off handsomely! This came off extremely well. Nice work.

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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#9 posted 01-06-2014 03:23 PM

Thank you all for the kind words!!

-- So Much Wood - So Little Time! --

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#10 posted 01-06-2014 07:10 PM

I completed a 6 piece bedroom set last year. It is a lot of work, but the quality you can build yourself is usually not found in store bought furniture.
That is a massive dresser, and sure offers plenty of storage. Nice looking cherry and dovetails too.
Great work.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#11 posted 01-07-2014 03:09 AM

pintodeluxe Must be the angle of the photo…......It’s really not as large as it appears, I don’t recall the exact measurements from here at my computer but it is ~20” deep ~63” long (pretty standard as dressers go) I think I made it ~33” tall to end up with the drawer depth I wanted when complete. And I made the top extend off the back the amount required of you to be able to have it nearly touch the wall when against the baseboards.

-- So Much Wood - So Little Time! --

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#12 posted 01-08-2014 02:26 PM

Nice Work Knothead, Making a bedroom set for my son, started off in the opposite order, already made the bed, nightstands and lamps, up next the dresser. This is very close to what I have in mind and your choice on dimensions helps me to narrow it down. Very nice work and the design absolutely works.

Well done!,


-- Richard D. Wile,

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#13 posted 01-08-2014 02:58 PM

rdwile Initially I mocked this up from a sheet of that pink foam sheet insulation, I made it the size I thought I wanted and moved the mockup into the house only to find out that what “looked” reasonable in my shop was absolutely HUGE in the house. I stared at it for a week and then started to pare it down until I came to the size I ended up with.

I used the whole “golden ratio” thing but not too strictly which got me close. by the time I had the dimensions nailed down I found that it was within a few inches either way of what is considered “standard”. I still didn’t want anything that was “Cookie Cutter” so I tweaked it just a bit and added a curve or two, a bevel here and there and a smidgen of frame and panel and this is what I got. The last twelve months have been pretty tough on me medically but we are mostly healed and recovered and heading back to the shop. Looking forward to the next piece.

-- So Much Wood - So Little Time! --

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