Red Oak Dresser

Red Oak Dresser

This is a beautiful Red Oak dresser I made for a friend of mine.  My wife and I were at a friends house for dinner one night when when he told me how he was looking for a good dresser.  He and his wife were tired of cheap furniture and wanted something sturdy.  So we started talking, it wasn’t long until my friend and I had a some poorly drawn sketches of what they were looking for.  Sketches turned into nicer drawings with dimensions and that eventually turned into what you see here.  A beautiful oak dresser with extra deep drawers, something they specifically asked for, and with some beautiful hardware they picked up from a hobby store.  After all was said and done my wife and I were happy to hand over this rustic (and solid) dresser to our friends giving them all the extra storage they needed in their master bedroom.


My favorite part of the dresser is that the drawers are flush with the body of the dresser.  Not to mention how the grain pattern continues from dresser to drawer front.

So how did I make this? Here is the dresser without its drawers: Double wall sides fro strength and weight. I like dressers with weight even though the things in the other drawers add enough weight to keep a dresser stable, knowing there is a little more oomph in the dresser itself adds peace of mind.

Here are the drawers:  The drawer bottoms I use are twice as thick compared to the standard. The parts to the drawer are fitted together with rabbit joints then glued and nailed.  All these features ensure strength and functionality for years to come.

Sometimes custom means doing what you have to do to make sure everything fits just right!  The oak trim around the top stood a little taller than the top itself.  Nothing some elbow grease and a good sharp hand plane won’t fix.

The finished top before a beautiful coat of oil.

And the finished dresser! I used a tinted danish oil to draw out the natural color and to add a little warmth to the final product.  And to “top” it off I added three coats of clear sealer to the top to protect it from any water, key scratches, cell phone drops, alarm clock hitting, loose change or anything else life throws at it.  Got to keep that oak looking beautiful.

Wishing you sawdust and wood glue,

Ian McMillan