8 Drawer Dresser In Walnut

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So this week i cleaned up the web frames. I really really REALLY want a decent bench. It's nice have options line below but dang it would be nice to have a decent vise.


I also installed the plywood in the frames which left a huge mess in the shop with clamps everywhere. I couldn't find my camera you can see a bit of it in the above picture behind the right side of the bench. The plywood i used is some 1/4" subfloor stuff that was marketed as being all hardwood birch plys. Don't know if i believe them but it was stable-ish in sheet form and was fairly priced.


Next step was getting the bottom drawer rails figured out as well as getting an attack plan for the glue up. I figured out I could glue up the bottom frame and it'd save me a lot of headache and make the final glue up FAR easier. The following 2 pictures show the bottom frame in clamps after i applied glue to all the mortises. Last minute before glue up i decided i wanted center runners So i found some material to glue in the center to be able to attach a runner to.


I decided the center runner is the best way to keep the drawers centered and running true. I thought about doing some complicated dovetail thing to stop them from tipping out but abandoned that because well that's just too complicated. I'll rig something up for the top of the drawer to ride on or something.


I should note that in all the pictures the dresser is upside down. I am assembling it with the top on my assembly table that is nice and flat and makes an excellent reference. In the above picture you can see the Xs on the sub floor plywood. This will be down so it shoulnd't be seen unless you pull out a drawer and then lay on your back and look inside with a flashlight. Not sure why any one would ever do that but i can bet that because i said that it's going to happen to me sometime.

This is the completed frame.


Final thing to do at this point was to make sure i had enough time, I didn't, bust out the epoxy, the following day (today), and glue everything together.

I am using West system 105 and 207 with no filler. A lot of the dominoes are very snug so i figured i didn't need any filler and it's kinda messy. Pot life for 207 is around 20-25 min. I wanted to be able to get as much of this as possible. I used a shallow bowl to mix the epoxy in and used that as my container. The shallow bowl allows the epoxy to thin out and not generate as much heat. As a result it cures more slowly giving you more time. 

I started at 7pm. Right around 7:40 i ran out of epoxy and had to mix a 2nd batch. I was about 2/3rds done only. I only brought 1 shallow bowl and you should never mix curing compounds in a container that has nearly cured product. The reaction accelerates and you end up starting with your new batch at the same point the previous batch was at and some times the cure accelerates. So i mixed  a second batch in my regular 2oz red solo cup. I was able to get epoxy on all the dominoes and everything positioned pretty easily. Clamps went out. My little extenders worked awesome. I got all 62 dominoes and 15 clmaps placed by 8:30.



Stress over..... Drawer nightmare begin.

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Looks great! Smart man putting dust covers between the layers of drawers will save you lots of frustration. My wife's dresser drawers are always getting hung up on stuff falling through.  

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15 hours ago, Ronn W said:

Looking good.  Can I see a close up of your clamp splices??

I'll send them to your email as well so you can zoom in on them and be able to read the rulers. The groove is a hair over 3/8" by 1 1/8". Hole is 5/16" and i just used a 1/4" bolt. Don't need to tighten it much just enough that the nut doesn't fall off. It acts as a pin.





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On 1/6/2019 at 10:43 PM, Chestnut said:

Nice trick i just figured out. I like the white pencil for walnut but keeping it at a fine points has me going through these pencils rather quickly. I learned that if i mark everything out in pencil i can highlight the line with the white pencil and it allows me to see things perfectly. Graphite after all is a good lubricant so i assume it's stopping the white from sticking to the surface.

I discovered this last weekend while marking lines on walnut for Domino locations. The white pencil actually does act as a highlighter. 

Looking great Drew! 

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