This is a great dresser, with seven drawers to organize it all. Simple styling goes with just about any decor style. Our free DIY plans include step by step instructions, with diagrams and lots of reader submitted photos from Ana-White.com
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- 1 - sheet of 3/4” plywood, ripped into strips 15-1/2” wide (you’ll only use up about 1/2 of this plywood, but the 15-1/2” wide strips can be used for a variety of other projects or as shelving)
- 3 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
- 4 - 1x2 @ 10 feet long
- 1 - 1x3 @ 10 feet long
- 6 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long
- 2 - 1x8 @ 8 feet long (IMPORTANT: Plan assumes 1x8s are 7-1/4” wide)
- 1 - sheet 1/4” plywood for back
- 7 - 16” euro drawer slides
- 7 knobs or handles
- 1-1/4” and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws
- 5/8" and 1-1/4" brad nails
- 2 - 3/4” plywood @ 15-1/2” x 26-1/4” (side panels)
- 4 - 2x2 @ 31-1/4” (legs)
- 2 - 2x2 @ 49-1/2” (back support and bottom support)
- 6 - 1x2 @ 49-1/2” (front and back trim between drawers)
- 8 - 1x3 @ 7-1/2” (front trim between drawers vertically)
- 1 - 2x2 @ 15-1/2” (bottom support) If you used 1x4s on back, this board must be 3/4” longer in length
DRAWERS - CUT TO FIT!!! Plan uses 1x6 for drawer boxes and 1x8 for drawer faces. Drawer sides are 16" long.
- 1 - 3/4” plywood @ 15-1/2” x 54-1/2”
- 1 - 1x2 @ 54-1/2”
- 1 - 1x3 @ 54-1/2”
- 52-1/2” x 26-1/4” - 1/4" plywood
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!
Between the sides, add to both the FRONT AND BACK 1x2s and 2x2s at the bottom.
Do this by first drilling 3/4" pocket holes on each end of the 1x2s, and then attaching to the 2x2 legs. Use glue and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws. Place pocket holes on underside so not visible.
For the bottom 2x2s, use 1-1/2" pocket holes and 2-1/2" pocket hole screws and glue.
Attach the 1x3 dividers inside the framing, so the 1x3s are flush on the front, but overhang to the inside of the dresser by 1" (to give room for installing drawer slides in later steps).
The 1x3s can be nailed and glued in place. Make sure these are attached exactly as measured, as they will determine the drawer slide placement. Cutting a couple of spacer blocks to help with placement will make it easier, as you have to match the front and back.
Drawers should be built to fit the openings per drawer slide recommendations. Each drawer opening should be measured just to make sure there is no variance between drawers openings.
Drawer boxes should be 1x6 or 1x4. Cut drawer sides to 16". 1/4” plywood is used on bottom with glue, nailed or stapled on with 5/8" brad nails or staples.
Build and install the drawers using this method:
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.