Frame & Panel Dresser

Traditional techniques eliminate wood-movement concerns, reduce construction time and save money.
By Troy Sexton
Pages: 40-48

From the February 2005 issue #146
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Nice looking dresser, huh? Looks complicated, right? Believe it or not, two router-table setups allow you to build the case quickly using less-expensive wood and plywood for the interior, making the assembly more stable.

You could build this dresser with solid-wood slab sides, but that’s just going to cause problems with wood movement. Frame-and-panel construction uses loose panels that allow for wood expansion and contraction because of changes in relative humidity.

From the February 2005 issue #146
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