This is my take on Norm Abrams’ New Yankee Workshop Dressing Table project.
The table is close to the plans but I did make a few alterations to the depth, and most notably used local solid cherry for the entire table instead of Mahogany and a plywood core.
I got into woodworking while in my early twenties and completed a few projects with limited resources in tooling. Over the last couple of years, I began building my collection of tools most notably with a SawStop cabinet saw, custom router table with a lifting base, an 8″ joiner, and as of this project, a SuperMax 19-38 drum sander.
When starting back a couple of years ago, I found The Wood Whisperer You Tube videos served as inspiration since the New Yankee Workshop is no longer in production.
This project is my first attempt at a piece of furniture of this caliber and offered a challenge with turning the legs using my grandfather’s old Craftsman lathe, keeping in mind I hadn’t used a wood lathe in more than 20 years. The dressing table was also a challenge in that the fit and finish was very important for it to look right.
The stain is General Finishes Candlelight and the varnish is General Finishes Arm-R-Seal.