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I am in the process of designing a Stickley inspired dresser for ME. Got any input?
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Stoutman wrote: | I am in the process of designing a Stickley inspired dresser for | ME. Got any input? | | http://www.garagewoodworks.com/Dresser_Project.htm
You /did/ ask. I like the 89-0627 chest better.
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-- > | I am in the process of designing a Stickley inspired dresser for

Yeah. I like that one too. I actually linked to the wrong dresser, but the one I linked to is almost the same minus the hardware. Here is the one I intended to link to:
http://www.stickley.com/gallery/details.cfm?id 11&q=dresser&StartRow&&PageNum=2

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Stoutman wrote: | -- > | I am in the process of designing a Stickley inspired dresser | for ME. Got any input? ||| ||| http://www.garagewoodworks.com/Dresser_Project.htm || || You /did/ ask. I like the 89-0627 chest better. | | Yeah. I like that one too. I actually linked to the wrong | dresser, but the one I linked to is almost the same minus the | hardware. Here is the one I intended to link to: | | http://www.stickley.com/gallery/details.cfm?id 11
Ok. Though I have to admit that I like your design (what you show on your Dresser_Project page) better than the Ellis design because of the flatter arch and shorter legs.
Easy for me to say - I don't have to clean under it. <vbg>
If it's destined for your bedroom, why would you not match wood/finish used for the bed?
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thanks. I made mine a little shorter and wider. I stuck with the same drawer dimensions (relative to each other); starting at the top: Skinny-skinny-skinny-little wider-widest-widest.

Stick with walnut eh? Probably the way to go.
Thanks Morris.

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I thought about this...and I agree. . . . . . . . ......HOWEVER...To create a contrast with your walnut, you'd have to go across the spectrum to a Swiss pear. Walnut is a nice choice for that Ellis dresser, but I can't shake the mind's eye wandering towards a pear. You've got your oaks and cherries. That's been done. Won't work with the walnut you already have. Walnut? Too easy. Makes a lot of sense if you're homogenising and you've already done walnut with great success. Pear. I'm telling ya... you won't regret it.
Ellis would approve.
r----> who'd pay a king's ransom for a nice flitch of pear. (We ain't talking fruit tree here, btw.)
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I agree about the arch - I was thinking that their arch seemed very sharp, and I like yours better. I think I like the proportions of yours a little better, but I think I'd like it even more if yours were just a little taller (or skinnier) - something between what you have now and the Ellis shape. How does the "golden rectangle" fit with either of these? (Does anyone else take this into consideration when designing pieces?) I like Ellis stuff too - and I live close enough to Manlius NY that I've been able to wander through Stickley's showroom and factory sales a few times. If you get a chance, I'd recommend it, but once you start looking at the modern stuff, they do take some shortcuts and you can tell it's mass-produced to some degree. You can't argue that they use beautiful wood, though - fun to look! As far as wood choice for your piece, I think I'd have to vote for cherry - more walnut would sure match the bed well, and it's fun to work, but I love the cherry/walnut contrast, and it'd stay somewhat true to the original. (Maybe you could use walnut drawer pulls? Or maybe not. The second link you posted with the correct hardware took me to the same site as the first link, so I'm not sure what you had in mind for hardware.) Good luck with the dresser, Andy
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Andy wrote:

I live near another of their stores, and have purchased a few pieces. Definitely worth a look. I've developed a relationship with a salesperson where my tape measure and digital camera has been allowed to be deployed. <G> My dining room is a mix of new Stickley, one old Stickley, and my own pieces.
Can't measure? I've built projects based on measurements from my hand, fingers, forearm, and arm, with the rest scaled from a photo and the known measurements. I did a birdseye maple bed for someone using exactly this measurement system.
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"B A R R Y" wrote in message

I captured the pictures (three I think) of your sideboard and refer to them constantly while working on one of my own. That's truly a gorgeous bit of work!
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Swingman wrote: > I captured the pictures (three I think) of your sideboard and refer to them

Thanks again.
Where did you learn CAD?
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"B A R R Y" wrote in message

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Trial/error/click/re-click/ad infinitum ... which is why I prefer an "intuitive" program like QuickCAD/AutoSketch.
While I took classes in Engineering Drawing in both HS and college, that was in pre-CAD days, but that knowledge was helpful in understanding how CAD works.
Obviously, "intuitiveness", to be effective, requires at least some experience. ;)
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Swingman wrote:

Right!
I'm actually pretty good at self teaching, but I prefer to learn the "basic basics" from a teacher or instructor. Unfortunately, all of the CAD courses I can find locally are daytime on weekdays at the local colleges and universities.
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Looks good. A couple of thoughts:
1. Curve both the back and front bottom rails. It's a small detail, but someone looking at the bottom won't see the square bottom. This is a minor nit
2. It looks like the bottom legs need some kind of taper, particularly on the sides
3. Consider putting dust skirts between the drawers.
My $0.02 and probably worth less than that.
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You might not notice it easily but these Ellis designs actually taper in from the outside starting from 2/5ths up from the bottom. It looks great on the dressers but I change the taper to be from the inside on the nightstands.

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