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Reader Builds the Jackson Dresser

I’m not sure how prolific a woodworker Scott M. of Wyoming is. I’m not sure if he lays awake at night and thinks of the next step in that woodworking project in the workshop (like many of us do). I have no idea how many woodworking magazines he subscribes to or how many woodworking books sit in his bookcase. I suspect he’s pretty serious though because he just finished the dresser featured in my Jackson Dresser woodworking plan; a significant project and he did a mighty fine job with it. The Jackson Dresser is not a beginner piece. The size alone can be challenging and there are two large raised panels to make, bracket feet to cut and a sizable top to make. To me, all of these steps takes extra skill (and tools) to pull off well and as I say, photos don’t lie. Scott’s photos show excellent work… So to Scott; a job well done and if you would like to examine the Jackson Dresser woodworking plan, you can see it here for …

Reader Builds the Bedside Table

On occasion, I’ll get an email alerting me to someone building a project following one of my woodworking plans. These emails are always welcome and are an instant bright spot in my day. Someone thought enough of something I designed to put it in their own home. Pretty sweet. Such was the case when Irwin of Southern California sent me a message through my contact page. He was asking some questions about the plan and I asked him to take construction photos so I can feature his work on my blog. His project is completed and I am giving him an A+++. In addition to learning how to make frame and panel sides and doors, this table is also a good teaching project for making beaded openings for the drawer and doors, making bracket feet and creating a table top with breadboard ends. The bedside table is one of my most popular plans; second only to the queen size bed I built. It feels good to know that yet another bedside table has been born. Irwin, …

Reader Builds the Media Cabinet

There is nothing better than getting an email from a reader who has built a piece of furniture following one of my woodworking plans. My most recent plan is You Can Build the Versatile Media Cabinet. Mark Malcolm recently took on this project and the finished product is fantastic, especially since this is his first piece of furniture to build. I asked Mark for more information about this project. He said… It came out great (esp for my first one). As you can see I changed out the laminate plywood legs and face frames for poplar. Used two coats of cherry Minwax and two coats of their satin poly. I also changed the pulls to match the hardware color in the room. The bookcase you see is actually a hidden door I found online using Rixson center post hinges. I finished that first and then moved to the bookcase. My boys got my a new sliding mitre saw for Christmas so I think I might try to tackle your plans for the mitre stand. Looks awesome and I could easily use …