Bedroom set complete!
|The completed dresser! Yea!|
The set includes the cantilevered night stands, the king size bed, tall chest of drawers and this longer dresser. This piece is substantial at 67" long and will provide plenty of storage with 30" wide drawers.
|The skeleton of this beast.|
The build started out the same as the other case pieces in this set with end frames domino'd together and an inset plywood panel, bottom rails and a web frame for the top.
Next the top is fitted, wood choice was key here and nice piece with gum and good figure was used for the front piece. The request was to use the interesting figure of the cherry to paint a picture. That's why you will see some sapwood in places. Some details were important to me and not likely noticed by the users, such as using the most interesting part of the plywood in the end panel that had some nice curl. Also wrapping the grain around the front and top of the side panels took some time to get right.
|Fitting the top, this is challenging as the top is captured between the two frames and has to be exact.|
The internal structure of the piece is provided by web frames, this simple form built with dominos (of course) ties the two ends together and provides the support to carry the weight of the drawers. The centre vertical rail carries the load down to a centre beam where a hidden fifth leg delivers the load to the floor. Since this part of the carcase carries over half the load, i wanted to ensure this did not sag in the next hundred years.
|The outside surfaces with a coat of danish oil to avoid soiling from handling. The full-extension|
black slides have also been installed.
|Of course all the drawers were dovetailed. |
Not by hand though!!
|The drawers are dry-fitted for spacing and rough alignment|
|Before the back goes on to tie all the structure together. |
Making sure all the drawers fit and align properly, this is way easier with the back off.
|Drawer detail, shows lip created to capture and hide the slides, inset|
half dovetails and that lovely ash figure.
|Close up detail of front.|
|And what's a dresser without a proper mirror. I threw this together with left over material|
Nice sapwood eh? (In case you did not notice, this is a mirror frame, not an actual mirror!!)