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Project by vetwoodworker posted 139 days ago 596 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the project that got me into woodworking as a therapeutic respite from the stresses of life!

My step-son needed a new dresser for his bedroom, I, unlike my fiancee, absolutely HATE Walmart and Ikea, so I decided to take on woodworking to see if I like it. I have 2 Traumatic Brain Injuries from serving in the Marines in Iraq for 2 tours, as well as some pretty bad PTSD. As you can probably imagine, the noise that fills my head is pretty constant, and degrading to my quality of life. Small things can remind me of the hell I’ve faced, so I need distraction. Woodworking is such a great hobby to release my mind from these images.

Anyways, I used Country Hard Maple on this project, mainly because of the relative cheapness compared to other Hardwoods, as I don’t really like too much red oak or ash. I started by building the case, jointing the edges of the boards by hand with a Buck Brother’s Home Depot Special Jack Plane, and held together with pocket joinery (Kreg). The drawer boxes were constructed with Home Depot Poplar 1×6’s and 1×4’s, rabbeted construction (Working on dovetail technique now). I was contemplating using fancy pulls and drawer slides, but stuck with simple strip and dado slides constructed with my handy dandy Ryobi contractor saw (you guessed it – Home Depot special!) and trial and error. The bottom and top two drawers I decided to separate in a stacked back configuration so as to give it a different look. I constructed the top in the same manner. The back (not pictured) is also country hard maple, not hardboard or mdf (I wanted to stay bulletproof all the way through). The knobs were 50 cents for a 4 pack on clearance from a local hardware store that was going out of business so I bought them all up (Need some? lol).

Finished with Golden oak stain in 2 coats, 2 coats of poly and 6 coats of butchers wax. Please go gentle, it’s my first project!





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 139 days ago

This turned out very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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vetwoodworker

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#2 posted 139 days ago

Thanks Charles!

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jdh122

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#3 posted 139 days ago

Very nice job – your stepson will be proud to have his clothes in it.
While I can’t really relate to your traumatic experiences, there’s little doubt that woodworking is great for relaxing the mind.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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vetwoodworker

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#4 posted 139 days ago

Thanks Jeremy! It really is great, it concentrates focus on the details, drowning out the rest of the world! :)

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 139 days ago

Great work. Great first post.

Woodworking is very relaxing until you screw up a project.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 138 days ago

That is a VERY nice chest with a lot of cool features! Can’t believe you are a novice woodworker.
Anyone who can joint accurately with one of those Buck planes deserves to be considered an expert!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Grumpymike

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#7 posted 138 days ago

Those 50 cent knobs are a perfect match … How lucky you are to find the perfect bargain.
I really like the finish, making it look like a 1950’s replica.
If this is your first project, jointed with a Buck plane, and cut with a jobsite saw, you are a diamond in the rough for sure.
I will be watching for your next project.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it.

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Rick

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#8 posted 137 days ago

Very Nice Project Indeed & Well Done! Thanks For Sharing.

Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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vetwoodworker

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#9 posted 135 days ago

Thanks everyone, I’m humbled by the compliments!I started to build a hybrid workbench this weekend, it will be a process! I’ll be sure to post the project!

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