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.