Free plans to make a crate style dresser from Ana-White.com
8 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
3 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
3 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x4 @ 3 feet long
2 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long
24 feet of 1x10 boards or other boards for drawer boxes
1 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long
4 - 2x4 @ 31"
4 - 2x2 @ 43-1/2"
2 - 2x4 @ 43-1/2
4 - 2x2 @ 11-1/2"
REMAINDER OF CABINET
10 - 2x4 @ 16-1/2" (should be equal in length to the width of three 1x6s (see step 6)
8 - 1x2 @ 16-1/2" (drawer guides)
6 - 1x6 @ 29-1/2"
4 - 1x2 @ 16-1/2" (cut to fit)
2 - 1x4 @ 16-1/2" (cut to fit)
6 - 1x10 @ 12-1/4"
12- 1x10 @ 17"
6 - 1/4" plywood @ 17-3/4" x 13-1/4"
6 - 1x12 @ 13-1/4"
6 - 2x4 @ 47-1/2"
2 - 2x4 @ 21"
This plan must be altered if your boards do not measure as follows -
2x4 - 1-1/2" x 3-1/2"
1x12 - 3/4" x 11-1/4"
1x6 - 3/4" x 5-1/2"
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!
Build the face frames for front and back. It is very important that the face frames be identical to keep the drawers from sliding cockeyed.
TIP: You may wish to drill 1-1/2" pocket holes facing up on the inside of the project for attaching the top in later steps.
Attach the two frames together with 2x4 boards. The drawers will run along the top of these boards.
Make SURE your face frames are direcltly in line with each other.
Add 1x2s on top of 2x4s to guide the drawers as they slide. Make sure the 1x2s are square to the front face frame. Screw these down with just 2 screws so they can be easily adjusted if needed.
Build the drawer boxes to fit - 1/4" less in width and height than the openings to allow an 1/8" gap on all sides of the drawer.
Once you are happy with the drawers, attach 1x6s to side panels.
Trim side panels with 1x2s and 1x4s to keep the look consistent.
Build top seperately with pocket holes and attach to top.
Add 1/4" plywood to back if desired.
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.