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08-05-2010 01:15 AM

Topic tags/keywords: humor resource oak joining

My daughter turns 18 in a couple of weeks, so instead of buying her that easy bake oven, Jessie ( my daugter ) and her mother have.. suggested.. I build her a table.. a vanity/makeup table, so .. guess where this is going?
I am going to try and attached a quick drawing of what I would like to attempt, and am seeking some advice as to how to pull this off. I apologize for the picture.. I don’t know why it blew up so big and cut it off like that?

Here are my “ideas” and please I encourage you too advise me to scrap them or change anything you feel will or will not work. Also please remember my skills are that of a novice, so no sophisticated joinery please.
It will have a laminated arborite top glued over 3/4 ” plywood as there will be various chemicals .. I mean makeup products spilled on it, with a machined profile on the 3 outer edges.
Primary wood will be red oak as I have a bunch, and I was thinking frame and panel construction on the ends, half way down the legs.
Tapered legs, with two hanging drawers on the left, and one wide thin drawer in the center for brushes, etc, and of course a mirror on top. I have never built anything like this before, so the frame to hang the drawers has me scratching my head a bit.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.. and I wil post the progress as we go.

-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#1 posted 08-05-2010 08:46 AM

Sorry cant help you but the design looks good.

-- Theresa,

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#2 posted 08-05-2010 09:23 AM

good morning…with the draws i would recomend for shear ease use false fronts…just use ply for the construction of the draws…rebated corners..glued..scrrewed or pinned and the base can olso be fitted in to a rebate around the base..then have a false front fitted on to the draw front…uses less materials and you can get a good fitted for the contruction of the frame…...thinking…

-- jjempson

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#3 posted 08-05-2010 11:58 AM

I have done a dresser seems to be equally the same as you are planning. Just make some changes. Incidentally, I have no plans on this dresser. It is one of my projects.
Hope this will help you.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 08-05-2010 02:06 PM

I don’t know your skill level or your timeframe so it’s a little hard to advise but here are some comments – - -

If you are in a hurry and/or your skill level is low, you can buy pre-made drawers from Rockler that you attach a face to.

Pocket hole joinery is probably the fastest and easiest and you can hide the pockets on the inside.

I hope you plan to have a back on the dresser or something that gives it more rigidity.

If you use oak plywood, or something similar, for the top, sides and back you won’t need to be concerned about movement.

i hope that helps a little.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 08-05-2010 04:27 PM

Nice. It kind of looks like the Mission Style Desk Norm built on Plans and a video are available if you’re interested.

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

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#6 posted 08-06-2010 01:28 AM

That is almost exactly what I am looking for.. I would just maybe eliminate the drawers on the right side and continue across with the narrow drawer.. but who knows.

Thank you very much everyone for your comments.

I will try and start a blog to show my progress on the build.


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#7 posted 08-06-2010 07:24 PM

I am actually trying to build something similar in sketchup to try and plan the build as far as how I will attach everything, and learn how to use sketchup at the same time.. so be patient with the coming blog.


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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