Gary's Dresser

WALNUT DRESSER WITH MIRROR
What's more dangerous; a daughter with a curling iron, or a new empty dresser?

SHOP OWNER: Gary Gillman
LOCATION: Warminster, PA

    When it became apparent that my daughter needed a new dresser, I took this as the perfect time to build one. I decided to use some walnut slabs my neighbor had given me. The dresser, my own design, is 42 inches wide, 20 inches deep, and over six foot tall with the mirror. My neighbor also gave me the mirror, which I recycled. All I needed to do was make a new frame to fit my design.
    The drawer sides and backs are ash. I obtained this wood in the form of a log from a co-worker, which I converted to lumber using my chain saw fitted with an Alaskan Saw Mill. I let the wood dry outside for a couple of months until the moisture content was 14 percent, then put it in the attic for about 1 months until the moisture content was down to 6 percent. Finally, it took lots of planing to get it flat.
    The top two drawers have dovetailed joints, the bottom three have lock joints. The drawers all ride on the internal dust panels, with side guides, all made from ash, or some oak that I had around the shop. The hardware, a brushed nickel style, was my wife's selection and purchased from the local hardware store.
    The finish consists of three coats of gloss poly, with a final coat of satin. I do this rather than use satin for all the coats, because I find it maintains the clarity of the finish. I also covered the top with a inch piece of glass for protection. (You know daughters and curling irons!)

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    My shop is a small basement shop. I have been engaged in woodworking as a hobby now for about seven years. I have built many pieces of furniture for family and friends. I also turn baseball bats on the side. You can see them at Gillman's Baseball Bats.
    I find WoodCentral to be very informative, and I really enjoy looking at all the other people's work.

. . . Gary Gillman


 
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