Oak Dresser

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Project by TerryS posted 02-23-2014 07:13 PM 1539 views 7 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This dresser is one of my recent completed projects. It now sits in a spare bedroom of our house. Hope it gets some use in the future.

The dresser was made from quarter sawn white oak. It’s my favorite wood. It machines well, takes a good stain,
finishes great, and oh those beautiful ray flecks!

I made this dresser quite large – 61”L X 21” D X 39” H. It contains ten drawers (cases all made from red oak with 1/4” Baltic Birch bottoms). The drawers operate on under mount soft close slides.

A medium oil stain was utilized and finished with Sherwin Williams Cab Lacquer.


-- Terry

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#1 posted 02-23-2014 07:40 PM

That’s fabulous. Well done!

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#2 posted 02-23-2014 07:50 PM

Extremely well done, design, materials and workmanship are very good. I also favor the quarter sawed oak it really reflects the light in a pleasing way. I also like the end panels a design in early furniture, thanks for sharing this beautiful project. O’Neal

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#3 posted 02-23-2014 09:27 PM

That’s a nice dresser. Quarter sawn oak is a great wood to build with.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#4 posted 02-23-2014 09:58 PM

Impressive work Terry ,great looking dresser.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 02-23-2014 10:25 PM

Nice work, and the wood looks great too. Love rays, figure, anything except spalted maple.

-- Jeff NJ

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#6 posted 02-24-2014 12:41 AM

excellent !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 02-24-2014 12:52 AM

Terry, this was a very ambitious project and is well done. You selected some great figured wood. It is a shame to hide it in a spare BR. Keep up the great work.

-- Art

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#8 posted 02-24-2014 01:20 AM

Very Nice Project Indeed Terry! Great Workmanship! Love Quarter Cut Oak! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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#9 posted 02-24-2014 01:25 AM

That’s a beautiful dresser—I love that ray fleck! It’s a shame to keep it where no one will see it….

-- Dean

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#10 posted 02-24-2014 07:30 AM

Great project. The figure in that white oak is incredible.

Well done.

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

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#11 posted 02-24-2014 01:58 PM

that is gorgeous, great job picking out the boards, the rays look great on the drawer fronts.

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#12 posted 02-24-2014 03:03 PM

Beautiful dresser. I see you used oak for the secondary wood too.
I’d love to try some QS white oak, but around here they want upwards of $10 per BF for it, which I can’t quite persuade myself to go for. I have worked with hand-split red oak, which is always radially oriented with nice ray fleck too, but the pieces are pretty small when you work by splitting them out by hand…

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#13 posted 02-24-2014 03:57 PM

nice job

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#14 posted 02-24-2014 06:58 PM

wonderful, you hit it out of the park. Great job on the grain matching for the drawer fronts.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#15 posted 02-25-2014 01:49 AM

Very nice. I love the combination of QSWO and red oak. I never thought of using the red oak for drawers. How did you cut your dovetails, machine or hand? They look very nice.

-- Now if you'll excuse me, I'm a busy man, I have sawdust to make...

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