Patchwork Dresser

Submitted by bRick on Thu, 12/29/2016 - 05:47

This was an anniversary gift, so I wanted it to lean more "chic" than "shabby" and as a result I spent a little extra money. Instead of using different colors of stains, I used different kinds of hardwoods to provide the color contrast. I changed the dimensions to fit our space and my wife's requests. In the end I believe the dresser was 50" wide, 31" tall (not including legs) and 20" deep. 

Carcase - The carase is made of 3/4" plywood and the the divider is held in place by a dado groove. I used a roundover bit to soften the edges. I then applied a vinyl spackle to the edges of the plywood so the paint would go on uniformly.   

Drawers - The drawers were made with 1/2" plywood for the sides and 1/4" for the bottoms. Isntead of nailing the bottoms to the drawer sides, I routed a dado groove into the sides that holds the bottoms in place. I used full-extension ball-bearing drawer slides, which in hindsight may have been a mistake. Combining the the full-extension with weight of the hardwoods created a decent tipping hazard. As a result, I've needed to add wieght to the backside of the dresser for stability. 

Feet - In lieu of casters, I bought some premade 6" legs from a local big box store for about $10-$15. I don't regret this purchase as they worked out very well. 

Finish - The paint I used was super thick and covered great but was difficult to brush on with any consistency or finesse. It was like painting with pancake batter. I had impossible visions of being able to sand the finish down to an incredible flat surface but after redoing it twice, I settled for a brushed look. 

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
~$600 but with a slight design change and not screwing up the finish, it could've easily been ~$400
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
3/4" Plywood, Aspen (Cabinet), Poplar (Square), Wenge (top small), Bloodwood (bottom small), Ambrosia Maple (top large), Padauk (bottom small)
Finish Used
Tung Oil on hardwoods and Black Dog Salvage Paint with Rustoleum Chalked Matte Clear topcoat.
Recommended Skill Level
Intermediate