Shaker Style Dresser with Copper Hardware

Submitted by jhelsel on Sat, 06/13/2015 - 10:32

Definitely a more advanced project, but the end result was pretty nice. I used copper bars and fasteners to create a unique hardware look on this dresser.

A few words of advice for those looking to use these plans:

1. Verify that your plywood is truly 3/4". I used Home Depot's so-called "3/4" plywood, which is actually 5/8" or 11/16" plywood (I forget which). Without a true 3/4", the sides of your dresser will be slightly off. I discovered the problem too late, which meant I had to shim the drawer slides. Trust me, you don't want to go through that exercise!

2. You can recreate the copper look with simple supplies from Lowe's or Home Depot. You just need a length of copper pipe and copper plated steel bell hangers. After I cut the copper pipe to the right lengths, I washed each section using barkeeper's friend to get that shiny copper finish. Then I sprayed each piece with clear paint so it wouldn't tarnish. Still shiny even now!

3. Do NOT nail in the front boards of the drawers from the back! The directions call for 1" nails and when I nailed it in, I blew a chunk of wood right off the front of the drawer. I filled it with wood putty, but still, not a good plan. Just countersink a few 1" wood screws and your results will be much better.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
$400-$500
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
Plywood and select pine from Home Depot
Finish Used
I used Minwax Polyshades, Espresso, Satin. This is a two in one product that has both stain and finish. I wouldn't recommend using this. I had to use two coats and had a lot of dust nibs show up both times. If I could do it over again, I would stain the wood to the color I wanted, then apply a clear satin finish.
Recommended Skill Level
Intermediate