Tiered Dresser

There is a lightness I have given this piece with a common theme prevalent throughout it's construction. What I wanted to accomplish most of all, being that this is such a large piece, was sturdiness without obtrusion. I did so by integrating descending sizes of different types of details from top to bottom.

The fir boards that I edge glued to make the drawer fronts are wider and taller at the bottom than those at the top. The stretchers between the drawer levels, likewise, descend in size from top to bottom. The bottom stretcher, however, was carved with a "cloud lift" motif similar, but not identical to, those found on Greene & Greene furniture and houses (the latter of which was my main inspiration for the overall design).

The maple side panels ("harvested" from pallets) were made in a similar fashion. However, they are fitted with a "breadboard" end at the top of each section, attached via a floating tenon visible on the front.

The mahogany top was made from thin strips, no thicker than 1/2", laminated, then hand scraped to give it a "static" feel departing from the dead flat surfaces we get from factory furniture. The strips all vary in size, and those in the center are thinner than those on the outer edges, repeating the overall theme. It bows outward slightly, which was actually a happy accident. The upward curves on the outer sides were hand shaped with block planes. They were only lightly sanded to retain the carved texture.

The pulls are copper pipe, fitted between spalted mahogany pieces about 3/4" by 3/4" in thickness. They too become gradually wider towards the bottom. They are not all placed in the same distance from the tops if the drawers, but rather are lower in the middle three drawers, creating a slight "swooping" effect that reflects the upward lift of the top.

The finish is linseed oil, shelac, homemade black glaze (applied selectively), and wax.

Dimensions: It is approximately 40" tall, 18" deep and 6' wide.

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