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    Baby Dresser #2

    Well... another grandaughter, and another request for a dresser. I learned a bit from the first one, and this one went a bit smoother, and I think is a bit nicer than the first one. Still used screws, still solid pine, and still very very heavy lol. But, I will say, it isn't going to fall apart anytime soon

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    That came out great! I like how you set up your slides before assembly. I should try that instead of trying to squeeze my 6-1 340 lb frame into a 15 inch cabinet after its put together...

    Excellent craftsmanship!
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    Looks really good - nice job.

    For the third grandchild, a couple suggestions. If you move the fairly tall horizontal brace that is across the front top to the back, you will get the same sway stability. Then a very small brace at the front, just under the top, will allow more space for the drawers.

    Traditionally smaller drawers go at the top, becoming gradually larger as you go down. That rule is not carved in stone tablets, but at first glance, the cabinet looked funny. If there isn't a strong reason for a tall drawer at the top, you might consider a shorter one there with the bigger ones lower.

    Don't let these suggestions diminish your pride in a job very well done.
    Last edited by Charlie Plesums; 11-26-2013 at 03:45 PM.
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    Nice cabinets. When you build, how do you cover your screws? Do you put pegs over them or use a filler like wood dough?
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    Well, over the course of decades, I've noticed a trend... People seem to stuff the top and bottom drawers the fullest... the top drawer with what they use most, and the bottom drawer with what they use the least...so, I built the thing like I would probably use it. It is "unique" in it's look, I'll grant ya that lol. I didn't think of the smaller front rail until it was to late of course lol.

    I use a hard wood putty to fill the screw holes before painting.

    I have a third grandchild, a boy... he is actually the oldest, a whopping 10 months old Quite the little character though, I plan on building him something this spring, just haven't decided what yet.
    Last edited by David Crouse; 11-26-2013 at 05:32 PM. Reason: typo

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    I think what you noticed on how people pack dressers is spot on. And, a reasonable way to use a dresser.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Plesums View Post
    ...If there isn't a strong reason for a tall drawer at the top, you might consider a shorter one there with the bigger ones lower...
    That's where ya store the baby when it's not in use. It is a baby dresser, after all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    That's where ya store the baby when it's not in use. It is a baby dresser, after all.
    Back in the days when it was radical for professional women to also have babies, and even more radical for same to nurse them, I found one of my managers kept her baby in the file drawer of her desk. Well behaved baby. Excellent manager. Worked for me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Crouse View Post
    Well, over the course of decades, I've noticed a trend... People seem to stuff the top and bottom drawers the fullest... the top drawer with what they use most, and the bottom drawer with what they use the least...so, I built the thing like I would probably use it. It is "unique" in it's look, I'll grant ya that lol. I didn't think of the smaller front rail until it was to late of course lol.

    I use a hard wood putty to fill the screw holes before painting.

    I have a third grandchild, a boy... he is actually the oldest, a whopping 10 months old Quite the little character though, I plan on building him something this spring, just haven't decided what yet.
    build the third grandchild a entire bedroom set. whatever interests him, some kind of themed furniture.
    Im jealous, I only want my first grandchild.
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