|Project by vetwoodworker||posted 03-07-2014 04:49 PM||717 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
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!