I built this dresser for my wife (girlfriend at the time). We were looking to buy one but didn’t want to buy any cheap China dressers so we decided to build a cheap pine dresser. This was my first take at making solid panels. I glued and pocket hole screwed 3 pieces of pine to make the sides and top. I remember rushing to get this project done and did not take the time to properly flatten my glued panels. Once again this was a good “don’t do it this way” learning experiences to look back on. I wanted a darker stain to match her current furniture so I used a Minwax Red Mahogany. This was also a “don’t stain pine this way you idiot” learning experience. Obviously cheap yellow pine does not like dark stains and is crazy blotchy. I did not know it at the time. I ended up coating the finish on incredibly thick and letting the blistering Mississippi summer sun dry the finish. Same thing with a poly top coat. Honestly it was a horrible way to finish the project but it turned out a lot better than expected. The finish still looks great today but the sides have developed some warping. I used the same batch of wood to make a computer desk. Same thing with the stain. The desk was built to size to match a piece of former table glass. I also made a matching dry erase board. Simple picture frame with a routed shelf for markers. I took apart a Wal-Mart dry erase board for the parts.
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