543 Madison’s Dresser Pt 7 “Standing on her own”

March 20, 20150 Comments
dresser on tapered feet

She’s light on her feet

When I first came up with the basic design for Madison’s dresser I knew I wanted to incorporate turned feet into it. I’m still as novice a woodturner as anyone can be, but as I’ve learned over the years the quickest way to becoming better is to be at the tool rest as frequent as possible. So for today’s episode it’s all about my time in front of the lathe turning and shaping the four tapered feet that support the entirety of the dresser.

Originally I tried to convince myself that a much simpler form would suffice, but once we had the plans together there was no doubt in my mind a tapered turned foot was a must. I’m sure this style of design has a given name (they all do,) but whatever it is, it just appealed to me as I thought about what my daughter would like for her own piece of furniture.

The turning and tapering process is really simple, as you’ll see when you watch, but it wasn’t until I started the fourth foot that I finally found I had been way overcomplicating the process. I obviously spent way to much time overthinking, and being overcautious (don’t confuse this with being flippant and cavalier about my safety, because I always try to stay vigilant) in how I was approaching it.

The difference in time to accomplish the same task from the very first foot to that last one dropped dramatically. Too bad I didn’t film that last one though. Still, the technique I demonstrate achieved the same result and was only about 1-2 minutes longer in overall time.

My take away lesson in all of this? “Don’t be shy with hogging away the material.” Get right in there and get to work removing the waste quickly (and safely) so you can start finessing the final shape quicker.

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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