Build your own dresser. Free plans from Ana-White.com
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
3 - 2x4s or 1x4s (these are the back supports) @ 6 feet long
2 - 1x2 @ 6 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
4 right and 4 left rear mount sockets to match drawer slides
7 knobs or handles
1-1/4” and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws
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)
3 - 2x4 @ 49-1/2” (back supports) USE 1x4s here if you are using rear mount sockets for the drawer slides
3 - 1x2 @ 49-1/2” (front trim)
4 - 1x2 @ 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
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”
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!
Join the two sides together with the back support boards. For rear mount drawer slide sockets, the sockets will attach to these boards.
NOTE: To give the rear mount sockets a little extra room, I recommend using 1x4s instead of the 2x4s here, keep them flush to the back. The 2x2 on top should be fine.
Drawers should be built to fit the openings per drawer slide recommendations. Each drawer measured just to make sure there is no variance between drawers openings. Drawer boxes should be 1x6 or 1x4. 1/4” plywood is used on bottom with glue, nailed on, if using euro drawer slides (they fit the bottom corner so weight transfers from plywood directly to the slide).
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.