406 Maple Child’s Dresser Pt. 2

January 25, 2010

Today’s episode is part 2 of the child’s dresser build project. We spend some time milling up the stock for the legs, jointing and thickness planing.

While the majority of this task was completed with my power tools, part of my hybrid woodworker work habits, there is the occassional component that can only be handled with hand tools.

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  1. Jason Young says:

    Hi Matt,

    I’m enjoying the maple dresser series immensely. I really like the trick you used to take the twist out of a board prior to face jointing it. Makes sense and keeps you from making a lot of unnecessary passes on the jointer. The one minor concern I have though is when you “reassembled” the board and then flipped one around 180 to glue it up. This will make the grain switch directions along the seam and could possibly lead to tear out. I did this with a large coffee table top that I had to flatten by hand with planes and it was a nightmare of tearout. Of course, you did mention that the finished board can fit through the planer so that may alleviate some of the problem.

    • Matt says:

      Jason I wish I would’ve thought of that earlier on this particular project. On boards with very straight grain, the trick works great. Or on projects where I don’t plan on using my planes to surface the faces. But unfortunately what you pointed out came true and I ran into some major tearout issues. Luckily the client wanted an vintage kind of a look and didn’t mind them showing up.

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