Diy modern dresser with wood drawers. Inspired by pottery barn kids Jordan dresser. Free plans by ANA-WHITE.com
1 sheet of 3/4" plywood cut into strips 15-3/4" wide
3 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
48" x 48" sheet of 1/4" plywood (for back, save scrap piece as a drawer bottom)
5 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long
2 - 1x8 @ 8 feet long (MUST be 7-1/4" wide)
4 - 16" drawer slides
2 - 3/4" plywood 15-3/4" x 31-1/4" (sides)
4- 2x2 @ 33-1/2" (legs)
2 - 1x2 @ 15-3/4" (side trim)
2 - 2x2 @ 39" (bottom support)
1 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 42" (top)
2 - 1x2 @ 42" (top trim)
1 - 1/4" plywood @ 42" x 31-3/4"
4 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 36-1/2" (drawer bottoms) - to conserve materials, consider cutting the top drawer bottom out of scrap 1/4" plywood from the back and attaching to bottom
8 - 1x6 @ 36-1/2" (drawer front and back)
8 - 1x6 @ 17-1/4" (drawer sides)
4 - 1x8 @ 38-3/4" (drawer faces)
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Build two of the sides by attaching side panels to legs.
Trim outside bottom of side panels with 1x2. Use glue and 1-1/4" nails.
Tip for perfectionist - you could attach the 1x2 to the legs first with pocket holes, and then add the panel, screwing on from the back with 1-1/4" screws.
If you want to add the drawer slides now, sometimes thats easier. You can also just mark the insides for drawer slides and install in later steps.
Attach top front trim to top panel. Attach bottom pieces to sides, this time with pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2" thickness and using 2-1/2" long pocket hole screws.
Install drawers inset 3/4" from outside to allow for drawer faces.
Attach center supports to keep dresser from pulling apart at center.
Attach drawer faces over drawer boxes, with approximately 1/8" gap around all sides. Nail on with 1-1/4" nails and glue. Then pull drawers out and screw from inside with 1-1/4" screws (you can use pocket hole screws).
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.