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The dresser

A few months ago I received an email form a person who wanted to know if I could build two walnut handles for a Mid-Century walnut dresser that she cherished. She reported that she and her husband purchased the piece 48 years ago when they got married and that it remains very dear to her heart. The dresser has three drawers, two doors and floats on a slick four-legged base. The use of polygons and rhombus embellishments on the doors as well as the chevron-like form of the long handles is typical of 1950-60s’ design. With its overall lines and proportions this piece fits well among Danish Modern and other Mid-Century Modern furniture.

After paying a visit to see the dresser and to pick up the broken handles, plus one original handle (to serve as a reference) I began making plans to reconstruct the parts. When dealing with a one-off project I often find that it makes sense to rely mostly on hand tools instead of on stationary woodworking equipment such as a router table or a table saw.


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