Completed Dresser Course

Our first 2 week Dresser course ended quite successfully on Saturday, May 28th (I am getting a little behind with my posts!). Bob left around 4 o’clock with a finished dresser, complete with oil. He was quite happy! I turned some maple knobs for him which contrast nicely with the cherry.

Here is Bob oiling the inside of the Dresser.

Don actually had to fly out to Seattle to be a referee in a soccer game. He left a day early but still finished! Here are the finished dressers on Friday afternoon right before Don left.

The last order of business was to put the trim in place and finish sand everything. On one of the dressers we actually cut a FULL blind mitered dovetail for the bottom plinth! You may wonder why you would spend so much time on a joint that would be totally hidden. Well this really was a traditional joint used on the bottom of a case, where you want the look of a clean mitered joint but still have the strength of a dovetail joint. There are many times when building a piece of furniture, that there are hidden joints that contribute to the strength and integrity of the piece.  I will write a step by step tutorial on how to cut this joint in a future post. Here are a couple pictures of the joint in progress.

Here is the finished full blind mitered dovetail joint. Nobody will ever know whats inside that joint except for you and me!

If you are interested in taking the next course stay tuned as we will be publishing our 2012 schedule in a few months. We will only hold this course once a year. Again, it is a great course and you will leave with a completed dresser! Just keep in mind it is a dovetail, hand tool workout. Also the Foundational Course is a required prerequisite to the dresser class. To register for the next class click on the link here or just drop us an email.

3 Responses to Completed Dresser Course

  1. Landon June 19, 2011 at 1:19 AM #

    Frank, i am so glad you went with a blind miter dovetail on the plinth. i saw the half lap on the demo model and it looks good, just seemed out of place in that application. The craftmanship is in the details even if they arent seen, and you are a master. My hats off to you. I hope you will teach me that joint some time!!! Say hi to everyone for me, i am looking forward to seeing yall at joinery 3 in August.


  2. Frank Strazza June 20, 2011 at 7:56 PM #

    Landon, that joint is actually not as hard as it looks. I really just need to write a step by step on how to do it. But of course I will show you how when you come! Look forward to seeing you too.
    Take care,


    • Landon June 20, 2011 at 8:15 PM #

      Frank, you are so kind. It is a joy to come to your classes. Thank you for all you do! You are passing invaluable skills into the hands of fathers that can then pass them on to future generations. There is no greater profession!! Be encouraged.

      2Timothy 2:2