Sycamore Dresser #2: Sloww process

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Blog entry by Ben posted 10-30-2009 05:58 AM 1549 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Trying to save a few bucks Part 2 of Sycamore Dresser series Part 3: Panels complete »

I settled on a traditional dresser style. The sides will be frame and panel construction. I could have saved a lot of time had I chosen a style of dresser without visible legs.

I honestly spent two weeknights and most of a Saturday on the legs alone. It did not register in my brain that the face and edges of quarter sawn wood do not look the same. I glued a couple of boards together for my legs and realized that I had two visible sides that looked completely different. I ended up planing down the plainsawn side slightly and adding a quarter sawn veneer. Also the legs had to be tapered. I cut a groove for the panels and a very large rabbet for the interior frame. I still need to put a decorative bead on the front corners of the legs.

I glued up 5/16” pieces of sycamore to make my panels. The wood was a full one inch thick from the mill so I was able to resaw it and plane it to get two bookmatched boards.The panels consist of four 4 1/2” wide boards glued together.

I did decide on a color. I spent a day applying various oil based stains I had leftover from other projects. They all obscured the figure in the wood. I finally ordered a few bottles of dye from Rockler and it looks a lot better.

My son and wife do not really appreciate the figure in the wood or, the bookmatched panels but, it makes me happy. (I guess I am officially a woodgeek :)

I still have miles to go. But it has been a lot of fun so far.

I attached a picture of one of the panels. The panel still needs to be cut to size. I also included a picture of a cutoff piece of wood with the color/finish I will be using and a picture of the legs.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend.

Lumberjock Ben

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#1 posted 10-30-2009 07:52 AM

good material for good beginnings

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 10-30-2009 08:44 AM

Ben, these look pretty good. I hope you can manage to find some more time in the shop this weekend. This is the stage that I start getting focused on the project and just do not want to quit.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 10-30-2009 10:29 AM

I think it’s gonna look great!! Those are nice legs!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#4 posted 10-30-2009 04:44 PM

Nice lumber, so keep doing..!

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#5 posted 10-30-2009 04:47 PM

Those legs sure do have some very interesting grain patterns to work with. The book matched panels look great also. By the way are those legs laying on top of an extension table, attached to a Jet Exacta table saw? Looks like you’re well on your way to a fine looking piece of furniture so far. Keep on keeping on!

Ken McGinnis

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#6 posted 10-30-2009 07:00 PM

Very nice! That amber color really sets off the figure. I remember my first tapered legs…

Is there any way you can post the pics directly into your blog?

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#7 posted 10-31-2009 05:07 AM

Thanks guys.

Woodbutcher it is a jet tablesaw but it is the hybrid supersaw not the Xacta.

Can anyone help me insert the pictures directly to my blog? I see people do it so I know it can be done. When I post a project it gives me that option. However, I can’t seem to figure out how to do it on the blog.



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