First dresser, a few questions

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Forum topic by jacobem3 posted 06-26-2014 02:50 AM 703 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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06-26-2014 02:50 AM

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I’m just getting into woodworking and I’ll have a cabinet table saw (Grizzly G1023 or G0690 depending on what’s in stock) at my new place in 3-4 weeks. I have a couple hand planes on the way from ebay (Stanley #5 and #7), I am still researching chisels and I’m considering a bandsaw. I made a dryer pedestal for my mom, but the joints didn’t come out 100% square for a handful of reasons – inadequate assembly surface, no way to straighten twisted lumber, etc.

Once I get a table saw I’d like to try to make a simple dresser similar to this but with real wood instead of MDF:

I plan to learn to setup and use my hand planes before anything.

I have a few questions for those of you who make dressers -

1. What wood would you use for something like this? I don’t want to spend a ton of money on it and I imagine the first attempt may end up going to Goodwill or the free section on CL.

2. What types of joints would you use? I’ve been reading up on box joints, rabbets and dadoes, but dovetails don’t appeal to me. Are there any specific books or resources you’d recommend for a beginner or a good place to get free plans?


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#1 posted 06-26-2014 03:17 AM

If this is your first attempt at making anything substantial, I’d use a soft, cheap wood like poplar or pine so you won’t freak out when you mess up, and you will mess up but that’s ok. Better to learn on cheap stuff than pricey stuff.

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