538 Madison’s Dresser Pt 2 “Sorting the Stacks”

February 12, 20154 Comments

Now that the design, and dimensions of Madison’s Dresser have all been worked out in the planning process it’s time to order the lumber, and sort through the stacks looking for just the right pieces for each component.

stack of poplar

Doesn’t look like a lot from this angle…but that’s tall dresser full

Given the fact this project is being painted, I’m far less worried about matching colors or grain patterns, but I still need to find stock that can easily accommodate specific sizes for components, and not to mention setting “flawed” pieces aside that might work better for interior pieces.

Ordinarily this process might be taken care of at the lumber yard if I were to hand pick the boards myself, but I usually order my lumber through a service like Bell Forest (yes, they are an advertiser, and no they didn’t pay me to say that…because I’ll continue to use their service long after they stop advertising.) Typically there’s not a lot of “flawed” material, the occasional small pin-hole knot or barked waney edge, but that’s about it.

The real benefit of this task though is that it’s a great opportunity to familiarize myself with the stack and it also helps me to pass the time while waiting for the lumber to acclimate to my shop, that is, if it’s necessary.

Given it’s the middle of winter while I’m building this project…I’m not taking any chances. A couple weeks of patience to be on the safe side is well worth it.

A full set of detailed plans are available for sale on my website, thanks to Brian Benham of Benham Design Concepts, you can find them by clicking here to visit our new “Digital Downloads Store.”

Now that the tall dresser is completed here’s your opportunity to see all the bonus footage originally exclusive to Patrons of Matt’s Basement Workshop. From my thoughts on the design process, to selecting and milling rough stock, assembling the components, and then eventually to finishing it all with milk paint and so much more.

All this great content is now available to purchase and download, or rent and watch, to help you build this amazing dresser in your own shop. For more information visit my Video-on-demand page at Vimeo.com by clicking here.

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  1. Mike says:

    I have just viewed Madisons Dresser part2, is there a part 3 yet?. I am looking forward to building along with you even if I fall behind. So far your videos are pretty simple and straight forward. I have trouble finding a website like yours where I can follow and understand the build and build along with the builder. I am not the best at this but I really enjoy wood working and hoping I can complete this project along with you.


    • Matt says:

      Mike thanks for the kind words, I really appreciate it!

      Part 3 will be released this upcoming Thursday. In the episode we get started with the first part of the build, milling and dimensioning the sides of the dresser along with cutting dados and rabbets for the interior components.

      Thanks for watching and if you have questions don’t hesitate to contact me. Take care and have fun with the build.

  2. Joe Laviolette says:

    Love this series. This video is great. I think prepping rough stock is often just glazed over. In some of my first projects with rough lumber, I made a lot of mistakes outlined here – like rough cutting three pieces at ~6″ lengths then standing in front of my planer, scratching my head and saying “well… crap. This isn’t going to happen”.

    One question. I’m in a cold climate too and my mill stores lumber outside. I let it acclimate for a few weeks before milling, but I find it still moves (how much depends on species) after milling. Much more so than in the warmer months. Do you see any value in skip dressing (hit-or-miss planing, whatever) as part of the acclimation process?

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