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Project by CarterR posted 198 days ago 1322 views 5 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After getting into woodworking three about years ago the one project my wife wanted me to build was a nice dresser for our bedroom. This took about a year and a half to complete. During that time we had a child, moved houses, and I set up a new shop. This project taught me a lot of joinery skills because many of the parts were very repetitive.

The body is made of poplar that has been kiln dried to look like walnut. The inside is soft maple. I used 1/4” plywood for the drawer bottoms and inside drawer dividers. I bought the pulls from Lee Valley and stained them to match the wood. The finish is General Finish Arm-R-Seal Satin.

-- If can think it you can do it.





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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 198 days ago

Very nicely done and I’m sure your wife is very pleased.

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

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Matt in Franklin

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#2 posted 198 days ago

What kind of tree does “popular” wood come from?... :-)

Seriously, that’s a very nice piece of furniture! I like personally like the shaker style and I like the color you picked for the finish.

Nice job, my man!

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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Matt in Franklin

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#3 posted 198 days ago

Also, did you build that dresser from plans? If so, can you point us to them?

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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CarterR

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#4 posted 198 days ago

I comes from a auto correct tree from the fields of Microsoft. Thanks for the catch I have fixed it.

I used these plans from WoodStore.net that I found online, but I changed the way they joined the drawers together to use dovetails, and instead of using plywood for the sides, I made solid panels.

-- If can think it you can do it.

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Matt in Franklin

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#5 posted 198 days ago

thank you very much!

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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#6 posted 198 days ago

beautiful contrast

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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Philip

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#7 posted 198 days ago

Very nice. How does the kiln drying change the color?? I’m interested….

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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Kaleb the Swede

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#8 posted 198 days ago

Great job carter. You really did a top notch job on this dresser. On the bottom drawer was that deliberate with the pins being in the front part of the drawer? Either way it’s neat, and creates a nice visual contrast. Thanks for sharing this

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#9 posted 198 days ago

Nice work Carter

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489tad

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#10 posted 198 days ago

dovetails are sweet! Nice job all the way around!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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CarterR

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#11 posted 198 days ago

Philip: The guy I buy my wood from at the lumberyard said they kiln dry the wood at a higher than normal temperature and for longer which caramelizes the sugars in the wood and turns it dark. They call it black poplar.

KTS: The bottom drawer was the first one I made, the more drawers I made the better I got since this was a first for me. That was a mistake and I did not feel like making another since it they took me forever to make.

-- If can think it you can do it.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#12 posted 198 days ago

Still looks good Carter. Doesn’t take away from the overall look a bit. Very nice work again

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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TheWoodenOyster

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#13 posted 198 days ago

I have never heard of a kiln drying process like that. Very interesting… That wood looks incredible. Well done on the project!!!

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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david38

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#14 posted 198 days ago

nice job

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ohwoodeye

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#15 posted 198 days ago

Wow those dovetails really pop. I have to remember to use different woods when I do mine next time. I usually do the whole drawer out of the same wood then add the face to the drawer so the tails end up blending in with the sides. When you go throught the extra effort of doing dovetails they should look as outstanding as yours. Well done.
Why the opposite on the bottom drawer…...just to be a Rebel?

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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