539 Madison’s Dresser Pt 3 “Sides, sides, everywhere are sides”

February 19, 20157 Comments

It’s time to get started with the actual building of Madison’s tall dresser, and the first steps in the process is making the sides for the body.

sides with dados

Parallel dados for the win

These consist of two wide, solid-wood panels just over 49 inches in length and 19 inches in width.

In order for us to attach the drawer frames (which not only support the drawers but are an important part of the overall structural framework of the dresser,) we need to plow out a few dados across the width of the sides and cut rabbets at the top/bottom and also on the back edge to eventually receive the back panel.

For the side panels I got really lucky and chose two extra-wide boards (approximately 12+ inches in width each) to make up the majority of the width, and then eventually glued them together with some not so extra-wide 8 inch boards to give me a rough dimension I could start working with.

To mill the extra-wide boards I decided against ripping them to widths that would fit on my 8 inch jointer, and instead built a very simple thickness planer sled that would allow me to flatten one face as if I had ran it over the cutter head of a monster-sized jointer.

Then after the glue-up was completed it was over to the table saw to crosscut and rip the panels to size, followed by installing my dado blade and getting to work on those dados and rabbets.

I’d love to tell you there weren’t any complications along the way…but that would be a lie! So we’ll discuss what happened and how I fixed those mistakes in today’s episode.

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 visiting our new “Digital Downloads Store” by clicking here.

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. Good show. On the fact that you had the slight bow after your first glue up, Would that bow flatten out when you assembled? Instead of having to re-glue again/

    • Matt says:

      Tom ordinarily I’d say yes, but that would require a few extra clamps & cauls to insure the right pressure was applied at the bow.

      Given the amount of gluing up I’ll be doing I didn’t want to have one more potential complications.

  2. Alex says:

    I hate to play the “safety police” and please by no means take this as a criticism but rather as a sincere question. At the 17:45 ish timeframe, when you were ripping to the final width. I noticed you seemed to be standing slightly in front of the blade. Do you not fear the small strip flying in your direction?

    My father’s table saw doesn’t seem to do that but the one I use at my community shop almost always throws back these small strips. I usually don’t fear them because they are usually small and light but I don’t take any chances.

    I look forward to the next videos!

    • Matt says:

      Given your previous experience I don’t blame you for asking, nothing is worse than a table saw projectile. I actually fear the ones between the blade and the fence more than the ones to the left of the blade.

      I will say with this saw I’ve had far fewer projectiles than any previous one. I can’t say it’s the saw that’s stopping them, but I’m sure the blade guard has something to do with it. The guard is springloaded and does a good job of staying tight to the table top. Plus with as narrow, and long, as this strip is I don’t think it had a chance to get very far.

      Nothing wrong with safety!

  3. Hi Matt –

    Nice episode! What is it that you are using for outfeed support? I don’t think I have ever seen a stand like that before.

  4. chris says:

    Really liking these longer episodes, Matt! Great level of detail and appreciate the tips on the planer sled. I had read about this technique before, but hadn’t seen it done – seems simple enough.

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