Room Furniture Series. #1: Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Blog entry by teenagewoodworker posted 04-05-2008 11:28 PM 1297 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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i just got my first big commission. my mom has been talking about getting new dressers for me and my brother for about 2 months now and i have been begging her to let me build them but she kept saying no. well i had given up about 3 weeks ago but today she came down to me in the workshop and said that she wanted me to build them. she said that all the good ones were at least 1000+ each and even the unfinished pine ones were 600+. she figures that she can save money by having me build them and she’s been so impressed with my work on the printer table that she believes that i can do them now. so this series is going to be like the Teenage woodworker with videos but they will be farther apart and focused just on the dressers. i am putting them on a new series because i don’t want it too take up all the time of Teen Age Woodworker for Months. if i have stuff that i especially want to show though i will feature it on the Teen Age Woodworker. so i will start to draw up plans and get prices for it and i will post my plans once i have them. i don’t like having my parents pay me for these kinds of things because i enjoy them so i figure I’ll do what my dad did when he did my grandmothers porch (thats how we got the compressor) and just add the price of a tool that i want onto it. probably a 10” Liegh dovetail jig because there will be lots of drawers. so i hope that everybody likes the idea and my next post will just be some draw ups and sketch ups of the pieces.

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#1 posted 04-05-2008 11:30 PM

go for it !

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#2 posted 04-05-2008 11:36 PM

What a great confidence builder!! I know she will be impressed with the finished product.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 04-05-2008 11:53 PM

It always bothered me when my Mother (RIP) wanted to buy a certain small casrving for a gift for some one. I always told her not to worry about it. One time after I told her “later”, she asked me a couple of weeks later…....but she just wouldn’t let it go….. she always gave me more than I ever would have asked from her. What a sweet Lady!
Congradulations Buddie!

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#4 posted 04-06-2008 12:07 AM

That’s what I’m talking about – Right on! Hopefully by the time you start college you will be able to get a good job in a cabinet shop and have some dough for school and the like. I would start looking at books on dressers and how the different ways they are constructed and even go to furniture stores and take a look at the finished product so you can build a plan for yours. Make sure you have a plan you want and stick with. I know you can do it Lad!!!

-- --Chuck

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#5 posted 04-06-2008 12:25 AM

Way Cool. A great opportunity and a fantastic vote of confidence. Does life get any better?

-- Working at Woodworking

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#6 posted 04-06-2008 12:31 AM

Very cool. Now all you have to do is finish them!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 04-06-2008 12:36 AM

Sounds like a good deal – besides getting the tool you want, you also get the experience, leftover wood and of course maybe an additional tool or two you may need to finish it.
We look forward to watching your success.

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#8 posted 04-06-2008 01:07 AM

Congrats man. Look forward to watching the progress and seeing the end results.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#9 posted 04-06-2008 01:26 AM

how long is the series gonna be denny

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#10 posted 04-06-2008 01:55 AM

Show mom your best work , we’ll all be watching

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#11 posted 04-06-2008 02:13 AM

Way to go! There is no doubt in my mind you can do it. Good for you!

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 04-06-2008 02:53 AM

Here you Denny,
Gustav Stickley – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gustav Stickley (March 9, 1858 – April 21, 1942) was a furniture maker and … Stickley began making furniture in the mission oak style with the founding of …

When I go to the furniture trade shows I have noticed some other companies who have good looking stuff. Here are a few reputable furniture stores/designers that have some pretty tough stuff. Pulaski, Riverside, Stanley, Ashley, Powell. I have pitched rates to most of these and more. If you see something you like at a designers website send me a PM and if I have contact with their reps I can try_ to get a set of plans for the unit you choose. You could try this too by telling them you want to do it for a School woodworking project, But I doubt you’ll be able to get past the GateKeepers and contact the right execs to secure the plans. If you do manage to get past the GateKeepers and or secure plans we’ll put you to work birddogging for info from others and then you won’t have to make them – you’ll be able to afford them! LOL Good luck!

-- --Chuck

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#13 posted 04-06-2008 03:33 AM

hey pat. i have no idea how long the series is going to be. i want it to be as detailed as possible (without boring everybody of course) and it is going to be a large project that will easily take up 2-3 whole weeks of my summer but they will be beautiful. I’m planning on including inlays, carvings, dovetailing the drawers, I’ll finish it with at least 6 coats of poly (and actually follow the directions and wait one day for it to dry). This is going to be a beautiful piece and i want to put all my heart into this piece and make it something that will last at least a hundred years and people who look at it in the future will look at it and they will respect me because of it (and because i made it at such a young age). So this might be a long series thats why i wanted it seperate from the Teen Age Woodworker. I may have high expectations for this piece but if i take my time, don’t rush things and put all my heart and soul into it i think i can make something that would amaze anyone from the least to the most experienced woodworker!

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#14 posted 04-06-2008 04:49 AM

Congrats! Please keep us updated as you progress.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#15 posted 04-06-2008 05:26 AM

Very cool. Can’t wait too see it prgress.

-- Anchul - Warrensburg, MO: As a Pastor, I am just trying to get closer to Jesus. He was a woodworker too.

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