Classic, traditionally styled bedroom furniture.

Editor's Choice - May 22, 2014

Classic, traditionally styled bedroom furniture sounds so much better than my pet name for this project.
“Dementor”. As in Harry Potter, ‘I feel like I will never be cheerful again in it’s presence.’
Due to constraints of size and portability, this job is actually a flat pack, it had to be to get it up the stairs and in the van. Assembled in situ using Minifix fixings and dry biscuits.
The brief was to make a ‘traditional wardrobe’ and drawers to fit into the space below the sloping ceiling.
I am pleased with the design. It turned out looking exactly how I intended, I like the way the top row of drawers mirrors the three doors, but I will never make another job like this from plain mdf again. Veneered mdf maybe, the paint was just too much hassle, with mdf flecks showing through the topcoat.
Side panels of wardrobe made into a faux panel construction by layering different thickness strips of mdf together.
In total
3 × 6mm mdf, carcase backs, drawer bottoms
1 × 9mm mdf for faux panel effect
1/2 a sheet of twelve mil, can’t remember what for
3 × 15mm mdf, faux panel effect on insides, and for drawer box construction
3 × 18mm mdf for side panels, door panels, centre divider, drawer fronts and shelf
2 × 22mm mdf for horizontal members and used the remainder up to construct carcase for tallboy, the crown and base.
16″ × 16′ poplar for moldings and door rails and stiles.
There is very little left over.

The floor and ceiling were out quite a bit, this is the first time I ever had to taper a frieze rail to get a good fit to the ceiling. It drops 10mm over the 1442mm span to minimise the gap at one end. Doors made using a three piece router set, doors 1 & 3 hung on Grass click on inset hinges, with half overlay hinges for the middle door on a divider. Drawer beads mitered around plain mdf fronts.
Comments/critiques welcome.

Doing the best I can with what I've got

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David E. ...

WOW! I know you had some trouble with it recently, but it turned out great! Its hard to believe that it is made with almost entirely MDF. You did a great job, and you definitely deserve a nice break! I HATE painting, and I HATE working with MDF. It surely has its place, but I dread any kind of project that involves either of those two things. Great job!

Huff ...

Reeners,

It was well worth the wait on our end! Lol Hope the customer is impressed as much as we are.

Great design and looks like it belongs there.

I know it was a struggle to keep your sanity on this project, but it is one to be proud of. Keep up the great work.

Bentlyj ...

Well Done,
I could only find 1 thing, Caulking the top would make that line go away. But if you haven’t I wouldn’t worry about it. Job didn’t pay enough. But I did think I heard her saying she wanted to mirror the same thing only on the other side of the room this time. :)

A true professional hammers on and thru and gets the job done, you sir are a professional.

Madts ...

Well done. Go to the pub and have a pint or two or three. You deserve it.

lanwater ...

It turned out Great Rennners,
All the troubles are now forgotten.

Wolf (& Rabbit!) ...

“half a sheet of 12 mil, can’t remember what for” …best line ever!

lightweightladylefty ...

No one would ever know of the complications. You pulled off a great job!

L/W

a1jim ...

Very clean build,super build.

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