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    G&G Inspired Dresser

    In America terms like chest of drawers, dresser and lowboy get pretty loose. Although I present this as a 'Dresser', when I was growing up it was called a 'Lowboy'. Be that as it may . . . I have done these in cherry and mahogany; mine will be in walnut. It seems I've started a habit of making larger items for myself over the holidays. This works out as I can start and stop as events require. I imagine this will drag out well into next year as my projects always get lowest priority .

    This is the general appearance, designed to match my bedroom line. I made the tall chest of drawers for myself back in 2011-12.

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    I use maple for the web frames. A stop block helps me make consistent length parts. The little short guy on the right in the right hand pic is a piece of cut-off scrap milled to the same dimensions that I will use as a dummy to setup for things like dados and half laps.

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    I use a stop block to get the dados for the verticals in a consistent spot as well.

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    The tenoning jig makes quick work of the half lap joints that I prefer for web frames. In the left hand pic you see the dummy block being used as a backer. I use web frames differently in that I attach them to the front of the carcass and float the rear of the frame versus the more traditional method of floating the tenon at the side-to-front junction. I'll touch on that more later when I get to the assembly . . . maybe Valentine's Day .

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    It always seems like there ought to be something to do with all the "cheeks" but, I digress. Using the web frame method I prefer, I have found things go much smoother if the frames are dead square. Therefor this looks a bit overkill but, to me, worth the little extra time.

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    There are floating panels in the ends and I have been hideing this piece of figured walnut just for this piece. I didn't know it would take me a couple of years before I got the chance to use it.

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    Last edited by glenn bradley; 11-18-2015 at 05:15 PM.
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    One of the most enjoyable parts of building anything is material selection. I pile some up over here . . .

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    I pile some up over there . . .

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    I run "daylight" shop lights which have a lot of blue in them. This can make walnut look very different than it will look in your home as you can see in the pics above. When selecting material I bring out a couple of "standard" incandescent lamps.

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    I need to resaw some stock for the side panel parts. My machines that can get in each other's way are on mobile bases. For this cut though, I kind of threaded the needle past the disc sander which for some reason I thought was funny so, here's some pics of that .

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    I will template route the curves that result in the tsuba shape opening for the floating panels in the very-wide 'stiles' of the end panels. I draw the curve I'm after, bandsaw it close to the line and then fair things with a variety of hand tools. I cut a small notch and fill it with red pencil to show me the middle of the form.

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    Once I think I have the shape faired out I trace it onto some paper to make sure I have a nice smooth look.

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    Last edited by glenn bradley; 11-17-2015 at 01:30 PM.
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    My dado jig comes into play to cut the "stiles" to accept the web frames. There's that dummy block helping me setup again in the right hand pic.

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    I then hog out the majority of the waste in the area that will accept the floating panels. This is done at the router table with stops on some fence extensions I picked up on sale somewhere back in the annals of time.

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    I trace the tsuba curves onto the parts, bandsaw them close to the line and then template route to near-final shape. My template routing jig is just a milled-true piece of white oak with various positions drilled to accept the clamps. The auto-adjust Besseys are the bees-knees for router template jigs .

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    And the parts end up looking sort of like this on the inside. The shot of the outside is just the rough parts laying in approximate position. These parts are joined with floating tenons. The Sketch Up drawing in the first post shows these (not very well) on the right side.

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    I hope to have both end panels fully assembled before I knock off for some holiday activities. I'll get little spurts in on this through New Years and then hope to finish it up before next years projects get going. Thanks for tagging along.
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    Oh, boy! Another Glenn project! When I feel better, I am gonna finagle a shop invite for a close-up personal look-see.

    Now that is motivation to do my exercises and watch my diet.
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    This will be a great follow along perfect timing for me as I am starting my first dresser build thanksgiving weekend, so I will be following with great interest

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    I've been looking forward to a new Bradley build
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    Awesome ... and we will enjoy the journey for sure.

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    This is already a great thread, I will follow along for sure. The upper drawer divider looks tricky to build.

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by william watts View Post
    This is already a great thread, I will follow along for sure. The upper drawer divider looks tricky to build.

    Bill
    Thanks guys. The cloud-lift divider is a little involved but, you just break it down into steps. Here's a couple of shots from a tall chest with a similar structure.

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    Yet another great project, Glenn! I'm looking forward to following along.
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