Reader Project: Restored Farmhouse Dresser

Find out how reader John Susil figured out how to create a replacement drawer for this antique dresser below. “This

Find out how reader John Susil figured out how to create a replacement drawer for this antique dresser below.

farmhouse dresser before

farmhouse dresser after

“This dresser was in an old farmhouse. My wife wanted me to restore it, but as you can see, one of the top drawers was missing. I could not figure how I was going to bend a piece of oak to match the other drawer.

Then my wife suggested that I cut the remaining drawer in half horizontally and flip one half of it over to make a new drawer. This meant that I had to remove the dresser top and cut the height down to compensate for the reduced drawer height (and of course, build a drawer to put the new front on). All in all, the result was worth it!” — John Susil

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