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7 Drawer Dresser Build Step by Step

Making a 7 Drawer Dresser – First Phase

I have begun building a 7 drawer dresser for a client and as always it starts out with a drawing. Sketchup is a wonderful tool that I have learned to use over the years. I especially like it because I can create the furniture in a three-dimensional drawing that the customer can relate to a […]

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7 Drawer Dresser, Joinery Process Begun

Now that I have milled a fair amount of wood down to size I have turned my attention to the joinery of the case. I am going to make the frame and panels which comprise the sides and the back. The first step is to cut the parts to size and then I started by […]

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7 Drawer Dresser – Cutting Panels and Gluing Up

Missed the first few posts on my 7 drawer dresser project? Read about the design and joinery phases.   I started by handplaning the surfaces to remove any mill marks. I then started laying out to raise the the panels. There are couple options here. You can put the raised portion on the inside making it a flat panel […]

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Hand Tools Rule! Fitting the Interior Drawer Frames

  Some of you may have been worried in the last few dresser building posts that I may have rejected the use of hand tools. Well, this is definitely not so. Hand tools rule in this part of the dresser build. I don’t know how I would do without them. In fact this part would […]

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Tapered Sliding Dovetails – 7 Drawer Dresser Project Continued

Read all about Frank’s dresser project progress.   Now that I have the whole dresser glued up, which by the way was a challenge! I glued up most of it with the help of my 9-year-old and then just in time, Jonathan Schwennesen came by the shop and offered me a hand to put some of […]

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Dresser Drawers Started – 7 Drawer Dresser Project, Continued

Read all about Frank’s dresser project progress.   It’s time to begin building the dresser drawers. I have spent a fair amount of time choosing the wood for the drawer fronts. In fact I was very pleased with the wood for the lower drawers: the grain runs all the way through and the lower 4 drawer […]

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Making a Dovetail Marker

Read all about Frank’s dresser project progress.   As I mentioned in my last blog, I had to make myself another dovetail marker because I left mine at the school shop. Making a dovetail marker is not too hard, but I have chosen to make it a little harder by using a tapered sliding dovetail to […]

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Cutting Dovetails on the 7 Drawer Dresser

  Now that the layout for the dovetails has been done, it’s time to start cutting! I am using a Moxon vise to hold the boards in place for two reasons, one it gets it up to a more comfortable cutting height and two, it supports it nicely across the entire width. I start by […]

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Gluing up the Drawers for the 7 Drawer Dresser

    It’s time to turn our attention to the glue up. I have cut all the half blind dovetails in the front of the drawers and through dovetails on the back of the drawers. I have decided to glue the drawers up without the bottoms in place and then fit the bottoms later. This is […]

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