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7 Drawer Dresser Wins an Award!

The awards ceremony at the Texas Furniture Makers Show was packed as usual, with friends and family. It is a great time to reconnect with fellow furniture makers to share ideas and ask questions. One of the Judges, Curtis Whittington, gave a nice talk prior to the announcement of the awards. He talked about how […]

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Finished Dresser in the Show

  Well, today the furniture show is open and it is an especially exciting day for all of us as furniture makers. Tonight starting at 5:30 will be the awards ceremony and it is a great time to reconnect with friends and fellow furniture makers. It is also the day that the judges will decide […]

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Last Minute Final Touches to the 7 Drawer Dresser!

  The last step to completing the dresser is to attach the top. Normally I simply attach it with fasteners through the dovetailed rails that I wrote about in a previous post. However, I have had tapered sliding dovetails burning on my mind. I just got through writing an article for Popular Woodworking on how […]

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Final Touches, Fitting Drawer Bottoms and Knobs on the 7 Drawer Dresser

The end is almost in sight! There is so much work in just fitting the drawers to their respective openings but before I do that, I cut and fit all the drawer bottoms. As you can see from the picture I planed a bevel on the underside of the drawer bottom so that it would […]

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Shaping the Underneath of the 7 Drawer Dresser Top

  While building a piece of furniture it seems that it’s always the little details of design that get you. Even down to what is the best edge treatment for the top profile. When I build and design a piece I often look for subtle ways to tie together the design elements of a piece. […]

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Hidden Joinery Underneath the 7 Drawer Dresser Top

  Oftentimes when building a piece of furniture there are more hidden joints than visible ones. This is the case for the network of joints that comprise the top frame of this 7 drawer dresser I have been building. There are several dovetail joints that strengthen the upper frame of the dresser and allowing me […]

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Cutting Dovetails on the 7 Drawer Dresser

  Now that the layout for the dovetails has been done, it’s time to start cutting! I am using a Moxon vise to hold the boards in place for two reasons, one it gets it up to a more comfortable cutting height and two, it supports it nicely across the entire width. I start by […]

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Making a Dovetail Marker

Read all about Frank’s dresser project progress.   As I mentioned in my last blog, I had to make myself another dovetail marker because I left mine at the school shop. Making a dovetail marker is not too hard, but I have chosen to make it a little harder by using a tapered sliding dovetail to […]

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7 Drawer Dresser – Cutting Panels and Gluing Up

Missed the first few posts on my 7 drawer dresser project? Read about the design and joinery phases.   I started by handplaning the surfaces to remove any mill marks. I then started laying out to raise the the panels. There are couple options here. You can put the raised portion on the inside making it a flat panel […]

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7 Drawer Dresser, Joinery Process Begun

Now that I have milled a fair amount of wood down to size I have turned my attention to the joinery of the case. I am going to make the frame and panels which comprise the sides and the back. The first step is to cut the parts to size and then I started by […]

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