Modern White Dresser with Wood Drawers

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 02/06/2015 - 09:08
Difficulty
Intermediate
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Diy modern dresser with wood drawers. Inspired by pottery barn kids Jordan dresser. Free plans by ANA-WHITE.com

Hey there!  Happy Friday!!!!

I know many of you have been requesting new dresser plans.  I'm pretty excited today to help you out with that today!

This dresser was built by my friend Elisha from Pneumatic Addict Furniture:

"I was browsing through the Pottery Barn Kids website and instantly fell in love with the 'Jordan' dresser. I clicked the description and instantly fell out of love when I read not only was it built from MDF, but also cost $900. I knew I could build something better, from solid wood, and at a fraction of the price."

For less than $150, Elisha was able to build this dresser - and no MDF!!!

Elisha's been kind enough to not only do the build on this project, but to put together an awesome building post, full of photos and tips and tricks - go check her post out right now.

And of course, plans follow!

Have a great weekend!

Ana

Preparation

Shopping List

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

Cut List

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)

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

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!

Instructions

Step 1

Build two of the sides by attaching side panels to legs.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Step 6

Install drawers inset 3/4" from outside to allow for drawer faces.

Step 7

Attach center supports to keep dresser from pulling apart at center.

Step 8

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).

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

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.

Comments

mushcow

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 19:25

Hi everyone, 

So I'm working on step 3, where you attach (or at least map out) attaching the drawer slides to the frame.  The measurements on the diagram don't make sense to me, though. My side panel is definitely 31 1/4, and my legs are definitely 33 1/2.  The bottom 1x2 trim on the outer face (which is actually a 3/4 by 1 1/2, as most lumber uses this system from what I've gathered building other pieces on this site) is flush with the bottom edge of the side, but the "top" side of the bottom trim is definitely not 4 3/4 inches from the bottom of the leg as it says in the picture for mounting the drawer slide (it's 3 3/4 inches).  I splurged for fairly decent wood so I don't want to mess this step up.  Also, it's not very clear anywhere how far up the leg the 2x2 bottom support is supposed to be (from the pictures, it doesnt' look like it's even with the bottom of the side/bottom of the side trim).  From the pictures, it also seems like my side is extending a little bit too far down the leg, and is more at the level where the 2x2 bottom support is supposed to be.  I have measured the parts of step one 5,432,492 times, so I'm not sure where the issue is.  Please help!

 

Thank you,

Andrew

Ana White

Sun, 07/31/2016 - 17:55

Hi Andrew, so sorry for the confusion and thank you for your paitience.  The 1x2 trim piece is on the outside, the drawer slides are mounted on the inside, and do not have to line up with the 1x2 trim piece on the outside, it is just decorative.  One thing that might be easier is to mount your drawer slides after step 4,  with the slides then attached to the boxes.  Hope this helps! Ana

 

mushcow

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 14:36

Thank you so much for answering!  So quickly, no less!

 

Ahhhhh, I'm sorry, I took the line in "Bottom of drawer slide sits on line" as being the line the top of the trim would make if it were on the inner face (it's a stretch, I don't know why my mind went there....I think cause it sort of looks like it's sitting where the top of the trim would be in the picture, even though this is the inside).  Am I supposed to mount the bottom support 2x2 at the same level as the bottom of the sides?  It looks to be a little bit lower.  I'm thinking if I put this in the wrong place then it'll mess up how the drawer faces align, so I'll hold off until I hear back from you.

 

Thanks again!

Andrew