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Big Mac
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Jun 6, 2012, 07:38 AM
 
Here's a partial picture of one of my childhood dressers. I love it. Can anyone find something similar pictured online?


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Jun 6, 2012, 11:03 AM
 
Anyone? I'm so clueless I don't even know what type of wood it is.

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Jun 6, 2012, 11:36 AM
 
I had/have one very similar, the drawers look the same but the edge was not beveled. I'll try to find out where it came from when I get home tonight. It looks like oak? Or hickory?

Also, I'll soon be selling/donating all my furniture in advance of a move. If you want to come up to Seattle, you can buy mine.
     
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Jun 6, 2012, 11:39 AM
 
Looks like its made out of REAL wood, not like the products we see today.
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Jun 6, 2012, 11:51 AM
 
Thanks guys. I think you're right Uncle, I always assumed it's oak, but it looks a lot nicer than the oak dressers I see online.

Can you not buy real wood furniture today? It's all composite junk?

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Jun 6, 2012, 11:55 AM
 
$$$

Real wood furniture is pretty expensive compared to the particle board crap. Can easily drop 3k on a hardwood dresser.
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Jun 6, 2012, 11:59 AM
 
That's what I was wondering about. I sort of guessed at that level of cost. Sounds like a lot of money but it makes sense. Good to know. My two dressers must not have been cheap in early 1980s dollars, either, but I guess it's true you've got to pay up for quality versus mass market crap nowadays.

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Jun 6, 2012, 01:12 PM
 
softwood furniture is cheaper, its the hardwood that's expensive. But the hardwood furniture is what lasts the longest too. 70 years ago furniture was passed around generation to generation because it was rare, had value and was worth keeping. Come the 70's and 80's furniture becomes really cheap and disposable.

This is the place I've had my eye on for a while but its based out of Ontario, shipping is almost as expensive as the furniture itself.

Mule Chest - 9 Drawer Wooden Mule Dresser - Hudson Valley Mule Chest

The dresser is 2850, this is the upper end of the price range for hardwood furniture, low output, by hand production. Mass produced hardwood furniture would be 1000 to 1500 less but still well over a 1000 in price.

Have you thought about just sending that photo to a local wood craft place near your home to reproduce it as a custom piece?
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Jun 10, 2012, 01:42 AM
 
I asked my mom today where my dressers came from and she told me they were Thomasville. I just took a look at their dressers and don't see anything comparable to mine. They don't even seem to make my tall dresser type (that I showed) anymore.

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Jun 10, 2012, 07:37 AM
 
That's oak. They justs don't d much furniture like that anymore because of style and marketing. You could check out Furniture Row; their Oak Express line is more classic than most brands these days.

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Jun 10, 2012, 08:19 AM
 
If its oak, it should be quite heavy.

Why are there no handles on the drawers?

Hardwood furniture is good because its much harder for woodworm to eat. Like the beams in my house, way too tough for woodworm. Its bad/expensive because the trees take forever to grow so buy used, antique or sustainable.
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Jun 10, 2012, 11:53 AM
 
Originally Posted by Waragainstsleep View Post
Why are there no handles on the drawers?
There are no handles because they're not necessary. They pull from below.

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Jun 10, 2012, 01:39 PM
 
Oak is nice. But it's fugly as furniture.
     
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Jun 10, 2012, 03:50 PM
 
Much better used for whisky barrels!
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Jun 10, 2012, 03:55 PM
 
Originally Posted by Waragainstsleep View Post
Much better used for whisky barrels!
Which can then be turned into furniture!
     
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Jun 10, 2012, 08:32 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Shortcut View Post
Oak is nice. But it's fugly as furniture.
With nothing but a lite stain and clear finish, oak is kind of plain, especially if it is made from modern plank-cut boards. Quarter-sawn oak has a lot of character, and with a nice complex stain (or even better, a "fumed" stain) and finish, it becomes the stuff of beauty that made it one of the more popular furniture woods for centuries.

Take a look at "mission style" furniture, and at "arts and crafts" furniture, such as a Morris chair...the wood has depth and character, and the designs are elegant in their simplicity. Yes, I am a very big fan of this style.

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Jun 11, 2012, 05:15 AM
 
Originally Posted by nonhuman View Post
Which can then be turned into furniture!
Eventually perhaps. First fill should be bourbon really, then single malt after that.
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