Please let me know what you think.
My rendition of a Harvey Ellis Dresser in walnut! My first drawers with
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I agree with the grain match comment. The top drawers especially looks
really great split over the divider. Did you subtract the width of the
divider and the gaps from the original piece or just split it? I'v
agonized over this a few times but usually just forget to orient them
correctly by the time I place them anyway and get lucky about 50% of
the time they are correct.
I didn't subtract the width of the divider, but I may have cut off a smidge
off of each end.
It is difficult to tell, but I actually had to split the drawer fronts in
half in order to be able to face joint on my 6" jointer. I wanted to keep
the glue line in the center. So after the glue up, I had to trim a little
off of each end in order to get a straight edge. I am a little suprised
that the grain match worked out as well as it did. I think I got a little
It is, indeed, a well-done piece (as in "nicely done", not "overdone" :)
On the "eye" -- it doesn't take a woodworker to notice, but it does take
someone with a level of sensitivity to the artistic side of an object.
Some have it, some (many, unfortunately) don't. It's one of the reasons
it's so tough in general to make a living as a fulltime woodworker
against the abominable store-bought stuff--not enough people really do
appreciate the art of the matter and consider only the cost and
(perhaps) the barest bones functionality.
imo, ymmv, $0.02, etc., etc., ...
People who have seen enough really good stuff or quality antiques often
will be drawn to a well designed item. Some of them may not know WHY
the item is attractive, just that it is clearly a cut above.
Surely. My point is I think it is an inate quality/characteristic --
folks generally either have it, or don't. Like other traits, it can be
enhanced, nurtured, etc., but those completely lacking "the gene" just
never do "get it".
Those who do, as you mention, even if they've never had training are
just drawn to quality, usually in whatever area it might be.
Oh, yes...I had in my original post but decided it was too wordy that
one can practice forever but w/o some basic talent, another Jascha
Heifetz ain't likely...having had probably fifteen years of enforced
"training" and still unable to do more than plunk out a tune or saw away
little, I'm sadly aware of the limitations of "no musical talent"... :(
The project is super nice. I love Stickley, and am working up to that
sort of thing. One thing, the drawer sides and bottom could be
finished darker to match, and that's a minor quibble on a such looking
well made nice dresser
You have a massive joiner! nice. Make some cabinets or shelves out
of MDF and you can clear off that workbench - shelves under the bench
would help too.... but wait. I have cabinets over my bench and I can
hardly find a spot to set a beer down....LOL
I'd be interested to see how the side panels sit in the grooves - are
they just cut thin on the back side and then slide into grooves? Do
you have plans for this? Wife would love this project, but I'd have
to use oak.
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