Kendal Dresser

My cousin is having a baby boy and needed a dresser for the little guy. I made this for her as a shower present. I love that it was made to fit her needs and that it is made out of solid wood. Not at all like the cheaply made dressers costing much, much more in the retail stores.
The blog from Katie and John from Sew Woodsy was not only helpful but very cute. Kudos to Katie for attempting a large project while prego. It couldn't have been easy.
The only change I made other than the color was covering the space under the dresser. She didn't want to have to collect toys from underneath the dresser or clean dust.
The plans were awesome and I would recommend reading the blog from Sew Woodsy. Their comments were helpful and so were the pictures.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used
ZAR Wood Stain in Moorish Teak and ZAR clear stain finish
Recommended Skill Level


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Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:49

My cousin likes dark stain but after I finished the dresser I became a fan of the color too. I'm thinking of making myself one since it went together so well.


Sat, 01/03/2015 - 19:38

Congrats, your piece is a beauty. Please, can you tell me what type of wood you used for the drawer fronts.
They seem so clear. AKA Knot Free. I have done a work up on material costs and have not come close to the estimated 300.00. So I was thinking that maybe you splurged on "Clear" Pine boards for the front facing elements. Thanks in advance for your answers.... Happy New Year!


Tue, 01/06/2015 - 12:44

$300 is the number I'm coming up with for #2 or better S4S pine boards plus stain and clear coat. #2 graded pine is definitely not clear. I'd like to know what kind of wood you planning to use and where you are getting it because this is the cheapest I can find in the Pacific Northwest.

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Sun, 07/12/2015 - 20:00

I've checked out Frost Hardwood and I love their products.  They have clear wood that they can mill down to size but it is very pricey.  I'm saving up for a really nice dresser but until then I'm gonna stick to the birch plywood at home depot and birch boards that I get from my local specialized lumber houses.  Thank you for your comment and I hope your turns out to your liking.  I think what really makes this dresser is the stain and finish I used.  That was recommended by a professional painter friend who does this kind of thing everyday.  The info for that is on my post. 

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Sun, 07/12/2015 - 19:54

I'm so sorry I didn't know there were questions on this post.  The dresser did cost me a little over $300.00.  The whole thing was made out of birch which I got at a local lumber house that specializes in furniture grade wood.  This probably doesn't help you anymore since I'm sure you've already made your dresser. 


Fri, 09/11/2015 - 09:59

This looks really nice. Could you please let me know what wood you used for the frame and the outside of the dresser?