We have a dresser in our dining room storing linens and knicknacks. My
wife's father built it in the mid 1930's when he was working in a
sawmill in Connecticut. She remembers him telling the story. In the
bunkhouse there was room between beds for a small footlocker or a
dresser, but what furniture there was, was built there or brought in
personally. Her dad kept his stuff in duffel. He saved slabs of bird's
eye pine. That's what she calls it, and it's got bird's eyes in it.
Then he built himself a dresser with two larger drawers on the bottom
and two smaller ones side by side at the top, and a tiltable mirror.
And he traveled with it around the country till he met my wife's mom
and they kept it through the war and his retirement. There wasn't any
mention of tools but I suspect he used the mill's woodshop during off
hours. I don't know whether he shipped in the mirror or salvaged one.
It's assembled with small nails, looks like most of the joints are
just butt joints but they're holding together so well I'm wondering if
maybe assembling when the wood is still a little green might be a
help. The drawers are rabbeted but the sides are slightly tilted like
half of a sliding dovetail. I think sawing them at a slight angle and
then nailing the sides on is a way to slightly deform the side so it's
pressed into the dovetail.
I'm going to take some pictures and make a little website on its
construction this winter. What I'm trying to do here is find out how
many things like this are still around. From the way she describes it,
it sounds like there was a lot of rustic furniture made this way and
I've started to refer to it as "sawmill furniture" but I don't find
much out there on the web talking about it.
I'm still googling on it with different search terms but I thought
maybe someone out there might have some info that would take me in a