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Hi name is Joe. I'm 29 and live in Southern California. Helped my dad doing all kinds of odd projects growing up and I might have actually learned something. Thought I would join up here since I have recently purchased my own house and the project list seems to be growing.

My first wood oriented project was to refinish a dresser I found on Craigslist instead of buying a new one. Total cost, including the dresser, was about $150. Just waiting for my stainless handles to come in the mail.

And since everyone loves pictures...they were taken with a camera the exposure is not so good. I will take some better pics once the hardware is installed. Overall, it wasn't too much work and I feel it was a lot better bargain than buying something new. I plan on building some things from the ground up shortly.

Started by stripping the old finish with Jasco gel, which worked amazingly well:

Stripped and sanded with 220 grit:

Sprayed with stain. I used a product called Mowhak. The color is raw umber flat:

Cleared with Deft satin finish:

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post #2 of 4 Old 11-10-2010, 04:29 AM
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Welcome aboard Joe! Refinishing furniture is how I was first introduced to woodworking (outside of wood shop I never paid attention to in high school)! Great start and be sure to add photos of the dresser when the hardware is installed!


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Originally Posted by kazlx View Post
..... Helped my dad doing all kinds of odd projects growing up and I might have actually learned something....
Hi Joe, welcome!! Your comment above really struck home with me Made me smile because I'm just now discovering, decades later, just how much I did learn from him. There were times when it wasn't willingly though. Wish he was still around to tell him so.

Great job on that dresser! That really looks sharp and will really pop when you put the SS hardware on!
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Yup!,You did a great job on it.Have you thought about removing the legs and maybe building a short base for it.Gary/Itchy

***For the record*** Ive made hundreds of guitar bodies,never put one together and cant play a note.
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