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It’s generally known around the shop that I dig talking about and checking out furniture. I don’t have any spectacular gift for building it; I just enjoy it. Often you can find me pawing over hotel furniture to see how the seams were made, or under a desk checking the joints out — it’s a sickness, really. When I saw reader Beano t’s home-built dresser drawers, I couldn’t help wanting to pull a drawer out to inspect his handiwork.

This dresser most likely won’t appear in the swanky custom shops about town, but instead will live out a quiet life serving up jeans and sweaters to a family that walks by it every day. The part that gets me: 40 years from now, grandchildren will ask where that dresser came from, and someone’ll answer, “Your grandfather built it.” Hats off and beers up to your stately creation, Beano.

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3 Responses to Flickr Pool: Dresser Drawers

  1. Shopmonger says:

    because of norm, and other like David marks, and Woodwhisperer, Matts basements workshop, I too have become a “Jointery Hound” and look into everything. It is amazingly adictive…. nothing says “HELLO” like a good old dovetail… Nice work by the way…

  2. beano_t says:


    I have to admit this was my first drawer project I was going to go the dovetail route but cheated and did a quick dado joint front an back, and a small dado for the drawer bottom.

    In my defense I did dado the entire carcass and the front frame was mortise and tenon joinery.

    you can see some more photos of this project:


    also just search for “shop” and see some more projects I have done.

  3. Gary says:

    Nice job. Drawers aren’t as straightforward as some people think – which I found out after my first project using them.

    I was on vaca this past week in Chicago. Granted you can’t climb all over them checking joinery (alarms and bored security guards frown on that) – go to the basement of the Art Museum. There are some beautiful pieces of furniture down there.

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