Well, the dresser is done. It measures 63” wide x 33” tall x 23” deep. The carcass and drawer fronts are made of a cherry-stained beech; the drawers are all dovetail-joined poplar with aromatic cedar bottoms. Each drawer uses an accuride ball-bearing drawer slide. There’s also a matching 36” x 24” mirror which will hang on the wall above the dresser.
There are flaws. I don’t think I’ll attempt another joined hardwood panel piece without first purchasing a jointer. I did my best to make sure my table saw was square when making the long cuts, but it didn’t quite work out so well. The drawer faces all had slight bends in them, and while I was able to straighten them out while affixing them to the drawers, I’d much prefer they were straight out of the clamps. The problem isn’t that I’m clamping too tightly, either.
Also, I’ll make it a point to keep unfinished pieces out of the sun. After spending significant time and money joining up and sanding down the top, I left it in the sun on a very hot day and the boards separated. It wasn’t that big a deal to clamp back togeher, but the top isn’t as perfect as it was before and that’s always going to bother me.
I didn’t plan this piece very rigorously. Here’s how it turned out, though.