An Easy to Build Dresser with Optional Trim

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Dresser with Optional Trim

This dresser plan is easy and there are so many ways to make it unique. The DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Dresser with Optional Trim feature two smaller drawers above three longer drawers, tapered legs and the option to add decorative trim to the drawer fronts and side panels.

Other options for making this dresser truly unique include adding wallpaper to the drawer fronts and side panels, stenciling or maybe even a fabulous metallic finish!

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 1″ brad nails
  • 1-1/2″ brad nails
  • Edge banding, optional
  • 5 sets of 15″ Drawer slides*
  • Cabinet pulls
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

(*Regular bottom mount drawer slides can be cut to fit, click here)

Tools Needed:

  • Miter saw or Circular saw
  • Table saw
  • Iron for edge banding
  • Drill
  • Pocket hole jig
  • Right angle drill attachment (for tight spaces)
  • Pneumatic brad nailer with compressor
  • Sander
  • Drawer slide jig (optional)

Lumber:

  • 1 – 1×2 at 4′
  • 7 – 1×6 at 8′
  • 7 – 2×2 at 8′ (or 4 – 2×4 at 8′ ripped in half)
  • 1 – 4′ x 8′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood
  • 1 – 4′ x 8′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood
  • 6 – 1/4″ x 3/4″ trim at 8′, optional (or 507 linear feet)

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 32-1/4″ – Legs
  • 4 – 2×2 at 14-1/2″ – Side Panel Framing
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 14-1/2″ x 25-1/4″ – Side Panels
  • 10 – 2×2 at 39″ – Stretchers
  • 4 – 2×2 at 14-1/2″ – Stretcher Supports
  • 2 – 1×2 at 16-3/4″ – Small Drawer Slide Supports
  • 1 – 2×2 at 4″ – Small Drawer Slide Support Spacer
  • 1 – 1×6 at 5″ – Front Spacer
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 27-1/2″ x 40-1/2″ – Back
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 18″ x 43″ – Top
  • 6 – 1×6 (ripped to 4″ wide) at 36-1/2″ – Larger Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 10 – 1×6 (ripped to 4″ wide) at 15-1/4″ – ALL Drawer Box Sides
  • 4 – 1×6 (ripped to 4″ wide) at 14-1/4″ – Smaller Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 3 – 1/4″ plywood at 14-3/4″ x 37″ – Larger Drawer Box Bottom
  • 2 – 1/4″ plywood at 14-1/4″ x 14-3/4″ – Smaller Drawer Box Bottom
  • 1 – 1×6 at 38-3/4″ – Lower Drawer Front (bottom drawer)
  • 2 – 1×6 (ripped to 4-3/4″ wide) at 38-3/4″ – Lower Drawer Fronts
  • 2 – 1×6 (ripped to 43/4″ wide) at 16-1/2″ – Smaller Drawer Fronts

Optional Trim:

  • 4 – 1/4″ x 3/4″ trim at 14-1/2″ – Side Panel Trim
  • 4 – 1/4″ x 3/4″ trim at 25-1/2″ – Side Panel Trim
  • 4 – 1/4″ x 3/4″ trim at 4-3/4″ – Larger Drawer Trim
  • 2 – 1/4″ x 3/4″ trim at 5-1/2″ – Larger Drawer Trim
  • 6 – 1/4″ x 3/4″ trim at 38-3/4″ – Larger Drawer Trim
  • 4 – 1/4″ x 3/4″ trim at 4-3/4″ – Smaller Drawer Trim
  • 4 – 1/4″ x 3/4″ trim at 16-1/2″ – Smaller Drawer Trim

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs. Cut a taper in the lower edge of each leg using a tapering jig on the table saw.

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the side panels and the side panel framing. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in all four edges of the side panels.

Set the pocket hole jig for 1-1/2″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the framing pieces.

Secure the framing pieces to the panels using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The back faces of the pieces will be flush with each other.

Secure the side panel/framing assembly to the legs using the appropriate screw for the material – 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws for 3/4″ material and 2-1/2″ screws for 1-1/2″ material.

Step Three

Cut the pieces for all of the lower stretchers and the stretcher supports, Drill pocket holes in each end of each piece. Secure the supports to the center of the stretchers as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

Secure the stretchers to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. Set the remaining four stretchers and one stretcher support aside.

Step Four

Secure two of the remaining stretchers to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

Step Five

Apply glue to the lower edge of the smaller drawer spacer and clamp in place until dry.

Position the 2×2 spacer on the back stretcher. Apply glue to the bottom edge and clamp in place until dry.

Secure the 1×2 drawer slide spacers to the front 1×6 spacer using glue and 1-1/2″ brad nails. Secure the back end of the 1×2 slide spacers to the 2×2 spacer using glue and 1-1/2″ brad nails.

Step Six

Secure the remaining stretcher support to the last two stretchers using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. Secure the assembly to the top of the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

Step Seven

Cut the piece for the back panel and secure in place using glue and 1″ brad nails.

 

Step Eight

Cut the piece for the top. The top will overhang the sides and front by 1/2″. Secure the top in place using glue and 1-1/2″ brad nails.

Step Nine

Cut the pieces for the drawer box sides, front, and back. Cut the groove in the bottom edge of each piece at 1/4″ wide by 1/4″ deep using a table saw or a router and a straight bit. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the drawer box front and back pieces on the opposite side as the groove. Make sure that the pocket holes will not interfere with the groove. Secure the sides to the back using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Step Ten

Cut the piece for the drawer bottom. Slide the bottom into the grooves in the sides and back. The piece should fit snugly but not too tight.

Step Eleven

Insert the front edge of the drawer box bottom into the groove on the drawer box front. Secure the drawer box front to the drawer box sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions locating them ¾” back from the front edge of the legs.

Step Twelve

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. Mark the position for the drawer pulls and drill the holes. Shim the drawer front in the opening – there will be a 1/8” gap around all sides – then drive screws through the holes for the drawer pulls into the drawer box. Open the drawer, and secure the drawer front using countersunk 1-1/4” screws from the inside. Remove the screws from the holes for the drawer pull then finish drilling the holes. Install the drawer pull. For an easy tutorial on installing drawer fronts, click here.

For the Optional Trim:

Cut the pieces as indicated in the cut list, each with a 45° mitered end. Secure the trim pieces to the side panels and drawer fronts using glue and 1″ brad nails.

This dresser is a fabulous addition to any room and can be finished in any way imaginable! Have any questions about the DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Dresser with Optional Trim? Leave a comment below!




A Modern Dresser Combining Shelving with Drawers

DIY Plans to Build a Monroe Dresser

This dresser has everything – a sleek, modern look with plenty of storage. The DIY plans to build a Monroe Dresser features a shelving cabinet on each side and eight drawers in the middle. This is the ultimate piece for a space where too many furniture pieces would clutter an area – this one will keep everything nicely hidden!

DIY Plans to Build a Monroe Dresser_Copy 1

DIY Plans to Build a Monroe Dresser_Copy 2

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Edge banding, optional
  • 8 sets of 18″ Drawer slides
  • 2 sets of hinges
  • Cabinet pulls
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 4 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 5 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 3 – 4′ x 8′ sheets of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 37-1/2″ – Legs
  • 2 – 1×2 at 18″ – Side Framing
  • 2 – 2×2 at 18″ – Side Framing
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 18″ x 31-1/4″ – Side Panels
  • 2 – 1×2 at 69″ – Upper Stretchers
  • 4 – 2×2 at 33-3/4″ – Lower Stretchers
  • 2 – 2×2 at 5-1/2″ – Center Legs
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 31-1/4″ – 69″ – Back Panel
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 18″ x 69″ – Bottom
  • 3 – 3/4″ plywood at 19-1/2″ x 32″ – Cabinet Dividers
  • 6 – 1×2 at 16-7/8″ – Drawer Dividers
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 16-1/2″ x 18-1/2″ – Shelves
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 21″ x 72″ – Top
  • 8 – 3/4″ plywood at 14-3/8″ x 16-1/2″ – Drawer Box Bottoms
  • 16 – 3/4″ plywood at 6″ x 16-1/2″ – Drawer Box Sides
  • 16 – 3/4″ plywood at 6″ x 15-7/8″ – Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 8 – 3/4″ plywood at 7″ x 16-5/8″ – Drawer Fronts
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 16-1/4″ x 31″ – Doors

DIY Plans to Build a Monroe Dresser

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood prior to assembly.

Cut the pieces for the legs, the side framing, and the side panels. With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the 2×2 framing pieces. Secure the 2×2 pieces to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the 1×2 framing pieces. Secure the 1×2 pieces to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Orient the pocket holes so they face up and will be hidden by the top.

Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the panels. Secure the panel to the legs and framing pieces using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The inside face of the panels will be flush with the inside faces of the framing and legs.

DIY Plans to Build a Monroe Dresser_Sides

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the upper stretchers, lower stretchers, the center legs, and the back. Set the pocket hole jig for 1-1/2″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the 2×2 lower stretchers. Secure the 2×2 pieces to the center legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. Secure one of these assemblies to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the 1×2 upper stretchers. Secure the one of the 1×2 pieces to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Orient the pocket holes so they face up and will be hidden by the top.

Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the back panel. Secure the panel to the legs and framing pieces using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The inside face of the panels will be flush with the inside faces of the framing and legs.

DIY Plans to Build a Monroe Dresser_Back

Step Three

Secure the remaining 2×2 and center leg assembly to the front legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

Secure the remaining 1×2 upper stretcher to the front legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Monroe Dresser_Front Stretchers & Leg

Step Four

Cut the piece for the bottom and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure the bottom piece to the lower stretchers using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The top face of the bottom panel will be flush with the top face of the lower stretchers.

DIY Plans to Build a Monroe Dresser_Bottom

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the cabinet dividers, and cut the notch using a jigsaw. A portable jig may be used to drill the pocket hole in the notch. Secure the dividers in the cabinet as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Monroe Dresser_Cabinet Dividers 1

DIY Plans to Build a Monroe Dresser_Cabinet Dividers 2

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the drawer dividers and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the drawer dividers to the cabinet dividers using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Monroe Dresser_Drawer Dividers

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the shelves. Drill pocket holes in the side edges and the back edge of the shelves. Position the shelves in the cabinet as shown, securing in place using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The shelves will be located 1″ back from the front face of the legs.

DIY Plans to Build a Monroe Dresser_Shelves

Step Eight

Cut the piece for the top. Secure the top in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Monroe Dresser_Top

Step Nine

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the bottom as well as each end of the sides. Assemble the drawer boxes as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions, locating them ¾” back from the front edge of the dividers. For an easy tutorial, click here. Make any necessary adjustments.

DIY Plans to Build a Monroe Dresser_Drawer BS

DIY Plans to Build a Monroe Dresser_Drawer FB

Step Ten

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. Mark the position for the drawer pulls and drill the holes. Shim the drawer front in the opening – there will be a 1/8” gap around all sides – then drive screws through the holes for the drawer pulls into the drawer box. Open the drawer, and secure the drawer front using countersunk 1-1/4” screws from the inside. Remove the screws from the holes for the drawer pull then finish drilling the holes. Install the drawer pull. For an easy tutorial on installing drawer fronts, click here.

DIY Plans to Build a Monroe Dresser_Drawer Fronts

Step Eleven

Cut the pieces for the doors. There will be a 1/8″ gap around all sides of the doors in the openings. Install the hinges on the doors, then install the doors in the openings. Install the magnetic catches to keep the doors closed, the install the cabinet pulls.

DIY Plans to Build a Monroe Dresser_Doors

Finish as desired.

This cabinet does not have to be used as a dresser… The piece would make an excellent media stand, a fabulous console, or even a place to store linens and toiletries in a large bathroom! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Monroe Dresser? Leave a comment below!




Build the Cosmo Dresser

Add These DIY Three-Drawer Dresser Plans to Your Organizational To-Do List!

The new year is sneaking up quickly and for me, it will mean making a better effort to get organized! These DIY three-drawer dresser plans will fit the bill and keep my stuff neatly put away! Featuring a narrow profile, tapered legs with a bevel detail on the outside edge, as well as an angle cut at the front edges of the top, this dresser will quickly become a classic piece of furniture!

diy three drawer dresser plans_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Edge banding, optional
  • 3 sets of drawer slides (shortened to 11-1/2″)
  • 3 cabinet pulls
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 3 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 4 – 1×8 at 6′
  • 2 – 2×2 at 6′
  • 1 – 2′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood
  • 1 full sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 31-3/4″ – Legs
  • 4 – 1×2 at 11″ – Side Frames
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 11″ x 26-1/4″ – Side Panels
  • 6 – 1×2 at 36″ – Back Frame & Front Stretchers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 26-1/4″ x 36″ – Back
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 14-1/2″ x 40″ – Top
  • 3 – 3/4″ plywood at 10″ x 33-1/2″ – Drawer Bottoms
  • 6 – 1×8 at 10″ – Drawer Box Sides
  • 6 – 1×8 at 35″ – Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 3 – 3/4″ plywood at 8″ x 35-3/4″ – Drawer Fronts

diy three drawer dresser plans

Notes:

Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood before assembly.

 

Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs. Cut a 45 degree bevel in one edge of each piece at 27-3/4″ long. Cut the taper in the lower edge of each piece using a jigsaw or a tapering jig on the table saw. The tapers will face to the inside of the dresser while the beveled edges will face to the outside edge. Keep in mind there will be two legs with the bevel on the right and two legs with the bevel on the left.

 diy three-drawer dresser plans_Legs

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the side frame and panels. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the frame pieces as well as all four edges of the panels. Secure the frame pieces to the panels using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The back face of the panel will be flush with the back edge of the frame pieces. Orient the pocket holes in the frame pieces so they face away from the panels. Secure the panel assembly to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

diy three-drawer dresser plans_Sides

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the back frame, front stretchers, and back panel. Drill pocket holes in each end of the frame pieces and stretchers, as well as all four edges of the panel. Secure the frame pieces to the panel using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The back face of the panel will be flush with the back edge of the frame pieces. Orient the pocket holes in the frame pieces so they face away from the panels. Secure the panel assembly to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Secure the stretchers to the front legs as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

 diy three-drawer dresser plans_Back

diy three-drawer dresser plans_Front Stretchers

Step Four

Cut the piece for the top. Cut a 45 degree bevel in each corner of the front edge making it 1/4″ deep. The front and sides will overhang by 1/2″. Secure using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

 diy three-drawer dresser plans_Top

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the bottom as well as each end of the sides. Assemble the drawer box as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Use a hacksaw to shorten the drawer slides. For a quick tutorial, click here. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions, locating them ¾” back from the front edge of the sides.  For an easy tutorial on installing drawer slides, click here. Make any necessary adjustments.

 diy three-drawer dresser plans_Drawer BS

diy three-drawer dresser plans_Drawer FB

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. Mark the position for the drawer pulls and drill the holes. Shim the drawer front in the opening – there will be a 1/8” gap around all sides – then drive screws through the holes for the drawer pulls into the drawer box. Open the drawer, and secure the drawer front using countersunk 1-1/4” screws from the inside. Remove the screws from the holes for the drawer pull then finish drilling the holes. Install the drawer pull. For an easy tutorial on installing drawer fronts, click here.

 diy three-drawer dresser plans_Drawer Fronts

Finish as desired!

These DIY three-drawer dresser plans are perfect for the beginner! Trust me, these plans are easy and you cannot go wrong but if you get stuck, let me know at cher {at} designsbystudioc{dot} com!




A Simply Rustic Dresser with Built-In Handles on the Drawers

DIY Plans to Build a Mayweather Dresser

This dresser is truly the simplest… The DIY plans to build a Mayweather Dresser feature nine drawers (three narrow and six larger) with built-in handles consisting of a 1×2 sandwiched between two boards. The entire dresser sits on supports with a kickplate at the front. This is a project that can be completed over a weekend!

DIY Plans to Build a Mayweather Dresser_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • 1-1/4″ screws
  • Edge banding
  • 9 sets of 20″ drawer slides (eBay is a great source!)
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 4 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 6 – 1×6 at 8′
  • 2 – 4′ x 8′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood
  • 3 – 4′ x 8′ sheets of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 21-1/4″ x 27-3/4″ – Sides
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 21-1/4″ x 63-1/2″ – Bottom
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 21-1/4″ x 27″ – Dividers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 21-1/4″ x 65″ – Top
  • 4 – 1×2 at 22″ – Front Stretchers
  • 2 – 1×2 at 18″ – Front Stretchers
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 27-11/16″ x 64-1/4″ – Back
  • 4 – 1×6 (ripped to 4″ wide) at 18-1/2″ – Bottom Supports
  • 1 – 1×6 (ripped to 4″ wide) at 63-1/2″ – Kickplate
  • 12 – 3/4″ plywood at 7″ x 19-1/2″ – Larger Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 12 – 3/4″ plywood at 7″ x 20″ – Drawer Box Sides
  • 6 – 1×4″ plywood at 19″ x 20-1/8″ – Larger Drawer Box Bottom
  • 6 – 3/4″ plywood at 7″ x 15-1/2″ – Narrower Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 6 – 3/4″ plywood at 7″ x 20″ – Drawer Box Sides
  • 3 – 1×4″ plywood at 16-1/8″ x 19″ – Narrower Drawer Box Bottom
  • 6 – 1×2 at 23″ – Larger Drawer Front Center
  • 12 – 1×6 (ripped to 4-5/16″ wide) at 23″ – Larger Drawer Front
  • 3 – 1×2 at 18-3/4″ – Narrower Drawer Front Center
  • 6 – 1×6 (ripped to 4-5/16″ wide) at 18-3/4″ – Narrower Drawer Front

DIY Plans to Build a Mayweather Dresser

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood prior to assembly.

Step One

Cut the pieces for the sides and the bottom. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the bottom piece as well as the top edges of the sides. Secure the bottom to the sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Mayweather Dresser_Sides & Bottom

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the dividers and drill pocket holes in the top and bottom edges. Secure the dividers to the bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Mayweather Dresser_Dividers

Step Three

Cut the piece for the top. Secure the top using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws through the pocket holes in the top edges of the sides and dividers.

DIY Plans to Build a Mayweather Dresser_Top

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the front stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end of the longer pieces. Secure the shorter center pieces first, using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails, then secure the longer pieces using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. This way, the screws won’t interfere with each other!

DIY Plans to Build a Mayweather Dresser_Front Stretchers

Step Five

Cut the piece for the bottom supports and drill pocket holes along one long edge. Secure the supports to the underside of the bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Cut the piece for the kickplate. Secure the kickplate to the front of the bottom supports using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Mayweather Dresser_Bottom Supports

DIY Plans to Build a Mayweather Dresser_Kick Plate

Step Six

Cut the piece for the back. Secure the back using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Mayweather Dresser_Back

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the drawer box sides, front, and back. Cut the groove in the bottom edge of each piece at 1/4″ wide by 3/8″ deep using a table saw or a router and a straight bit. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the drawer box sides on the opposite side as the groove. Make sure that the pocket holes will not interfere with the groove. Secure the sides to the back using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Mayweather Dresser_Drawer 1

DIY Plans to Build a Mayweather Dresser_Drawer 2

Step Eight

Cut the piece for the drawer bottom. Slide the bottom into the grooves in the sides and back. The piece should fit snugly but not too tight. 

DIY Plans to Build a Mayweather Dresser_Drawer 3

Step Nine

Insert the front edge of the drawer box bottom into the groove on the drawer box front. Secure the drawer box sides to the drawer box front using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s instructions, locating them flush with the front edge of the sides and dividers.

DIY Plans to Build a Mayweather Dresser_Drawer 4

Step Ten

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. Cut the 1×2 handles to length, then cut 45° bevels in the edges as shown in the drawing.

Drill pocket holes along one long edge of each drawer front piece, staggering the pocket holes so they won’t interfere with each other. Sandwich the 1×2 between the wider pieces using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Mayweather Dresser_Drawer Fronts 1

Step Eleven

The sides of the longer drawer fronts will be flush with the outside of the cabinet. The top edge of the uppermost drawer fronts will be flush with the top, and the bottom edge of the lower drawer fronts will be flush with the bottom. Secure each drawer front to the corresponding drawer box using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails. Open the drawers, then secure the fronts from the inside using 1-1/4″ screws.

The remaining drawer fronts will be spaced as indicated in the drawing.

DIY Plans to Build a Mayweather Dresser_Drawer Fronts 2

Finish as desired.

The style of this fabulous dresser would look great in any room, and can also serve other uses – as a media stand, as storage in an entryway, or as storage in a dining room. Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Mayweather Dresser? Leave a comment below!




Build a Greek Key Dresser

Free DIY Woodworking Plans to Build a Greek Key Dresser

This dresser is so stylish, isn’t it? Very “Hollywood Regency”! The free DIY woodworking plans to build a Greek Key Dresser are such an easy build, I bet it can be constructed and finished in a weekend even with the detailing on the front!

free DIY woodworking plans to build a greek key dresser_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • 2-1/2″ screws
  • Edge banding, if desired
  • 4 sets of 18″ drawer slides
  • 4 drawer pulls
  • Finishing supplies

Lumber:

  • 7 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 3 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 5 – 1×12 at 8′ (3/4″ plywood cut at 11-1/4″ wide can also be substituted for the drawer boxes)
  • 2 sheets of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 12 – 2×2 at 4″ – Legs & Decorative Base Pieces
  • 2 – 2×2 at 18″ – Base Sides
  • 2 – 2×2 at 71″ – Base Front & Back
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 22″ x 75″ – Bottom
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 21″ x 27-1/4″ – Sides
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 27-1/4″ x 72-1/2″ – Back
  • 3 – 1×2 at 72-1/2″ – Stretchers
  • 2 – 1×2 at 12-1/2″ – Dividers
  • 2 – 1×2 at 18″ – Drawer Slide Supports
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 21″ x 74″ – Top
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 16-1/2″ x 33-3/8″ – Drawer Bottoms
  • 8 – 1×12 at 16-1/2″ – Drawer Box Sides
  • 8 – 1×12 at 34-7/8″ – Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 13-3/8″ x 36″- Drawer Front Base
  • 8 – 1×2 at 1-1/2″ – Greek Key
  • 8 – 1×2 at 3-3/4″ – Greek Key
  • 8 – 1×2 at 4-1/2″ – Greek Key
  • 8 – 1×2 at 7-1/2″ – Greek Key
  • 8 – 1×2 at 8-7/8″ – Greek Key
  • 4 – 1×2 at 33″ – Greek Key

free DIY woodworking plans to build a greek key dresser

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Step One

Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood before assembly.

Cut the pieces for the base frame, legs, and decorative pieces. Drill pocket holes in each end of the frame pieces then attach to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. Cut the decorative pieces then secure them as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ countersunk screws.

free DIY woodworking plans to build a greek key dresser_Base 1

free DIY woodworking plans to build a greek key dresser_Base 2

Step Two

Cut the piece for the bottom. Position the piece so that 1/2″ overhangs on all sides. Secure using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

free DIY woodworking plans to build a greek key dresser_Bottom

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the sides and drill pocket holes in the top and bottom edges. The sides will be positioned so that they are 3/4″ from the front and back edge, and 1/2″ from the side edges. Secure to the bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

free DIY woodworking plans to build a greek key dresser_Sides

Step Four

Cut the piece for the back and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure to the sides and bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

free DIY woodworking plans to build a greek key dresser_Back

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the stretchers. Drill pocket holes in each end of TWO of the pieces. Position the piece without pocket holes on the bottom, locating it 3/4″ back from the front edges of the sides (1-1/2″ back from the front edge of the bottom). Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails. Attach the remaining two stretchers as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

free DIY woodworking plans to build a greek key dresser_Stretchers

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the dividers and drill pocket holes in each end. Position them in the center of the stretchers as shown, then secure using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

free DIY woodworking plans to build a greek key dresser_Dividers

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the drawer slide supports and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure to the dividers and back, locating them just above the stretchers, using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

free DIY woodworking plans to build a greek key dresser_Slide Supports

Step Eight

Cut the piece for the top. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws through the sides and back into the bottom.

free DIY woodworking plans to build a greek key dresser_Top

Step Nine

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. Drill pocket holes in each end of the sides as well as all four edges of the bottom. Assemble as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions. For an easy tutorial on installing drawer slides, click here. Make any necessary adjustments.

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Step Ten

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. The “Greek Key” design will be created by placing the 1×2 pieces sort of like a puzzle. They will be attached using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails. Starting with the 33″ piece, position it so that it is located 1-1/2″ from the side and bottom edges. Secure in place. Add the remaining pieces moving around in a circle. Secure each piece before moving on to the next piece.

For an easy tutorial on installing the drawer fronts, click here.

free DIY woodworking plans to build a greek key dresser_Drawer Front 1

free DIY woodworking plans to build a greek key dresser_Drawer Front 2Finish as desired!

The free DIY woodworking plans to build a Greek Key Dresser would create a great piece to use as a sideboard in a dining room to store linens or in an entryway to store scarves and gloves, backpacks, and conceal a purse! Have any questions? Let me know at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!

 

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A New Plan to Build a Piece with Plenty of Storage

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Dresser with Side Storage

This is the greatest plan to help with any storage issues, mainly in a bedroom… The DIY furniture plans to build a Dresser with Side Storage features four large drawers with two narrow bookcases on each side. This piece would serve well in a kiddo’s room (properly secured to the wall, of course) and is a really easy build!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Dresser with Side Storage - Copy

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Dresser with Side Storage - Copy 2

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • 2″ brad nails
  • Edge banding, optional
  • 4 sets of 16″ drawer slides
  • 4 cabinet pulls
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Tools Needed:

  • Table saw
  • Miter saw or Circular saw
  • Iron for edge banding
  • Drill
  • Pocket hole jig
  • Right angle drill attachment (for tight spaces)
  • Pneumatic brad nailer with compressor (or battery powered nailer)
  • Sander
  • Drawer slide jig (optional)

Lumber:

  • 2 – 1×2 at 6′
  • 1 – 1×3 at 6′
  • 1 – 1×4 at 8′
  • 9 – 1×6 at 8′
  • 2 – 1×8 at 6′
  • 1 – 4′ x 8′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood
  • 1 – 4′ x 8′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 1×6 at 35-1/4″ – Bookcase Sides
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 16-1/2″ x 32-3/4″ – Bookcase Back
  • 2 – 1×4 (ripped to 3-1/4″ wide) at 16-1/2″ – Lower Stretchers (Bookcase)
  • 1 – 1×6 (ripped to 4″ wide) at 16-1/2″ – Bottom (Bookcase)
  • 3 – 1×6 (ripped to 4-3/4″” wide) at 16-1/2″ – Shelves (Bookcase)
  • 2 – 1×4 (ripped to 3-1/4″ wide) at 24″ – Lower Stretchers (Dresser)
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 16-1/2″ x 24″ – Bottom (Dresser)
  • 2 – 1×3 at 24″ – Back Stretchers
  • 4 – 1×2 at 24″ – Front Stretchers
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 26″ x 33″ – Back
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 18-3/4″ x 35″ – Top
  • 8 – 1×6 (ripped to xx” wide) at 16″ – Drawer Box Sides
  • 8 – 1×6 (ripped to xx” wide) at 21-1/2″ – Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 4 – 1/4″ plywood at 15″ x 22″ – Drawer Box Bottom
  • 4 – 1×8 (ripped to 7″ wide) at 25″ – Drawer Fronts

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Dresser with Side Storage

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Notes about the project:

Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood prior to assembly. Edge banding will only be used on the top.

Step One

Cut the pieces for the sides and back of the bookcase. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes along each long edge of the back panel. Secure the back to the sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Dresser with Side Storage - Sides & Back (Bookcase)

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the lower bookcase stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure to the sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Dresser with Side Storage - Lower Stretcher (Bookcase)

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the bookcase bottom and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure the bottom to the sides, back and lower stretcher using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Dresser with Side Storage - Bottom (Bookcase)

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the bookcase shelves and drill pocket holes in one long edge as well as each side edge. Secure the shelves to the sides and back using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Dresser with Side Storage - Shelves

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the lower dresser stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure to the sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Dresser with Side Storage - Lower Stretchers

Step Six

Cut the piece for the bookcase bottom and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure the bottom to the sides, back and lower stretcher using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Dresser with Side Storage - Bottom

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the back and front dresser stretchers, and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure to the sides as shown in the drawing using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Dresser with Side Storage - Back Stretchers

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Dresser with Side Storage - Front Stretchers

Step Eight

Cut the piece for the dresser back. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Dresser with Side Storage - Back

Step Nine

Cut the piece for the top. The sides and back will be flush with the dresser/bookcases, and the top will overhang by 3/4″. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Dresser with Side Storage - Top

Step Ten

Cut the pieces for the drawer box sides, front, and back. Cut the groove in the bottom edge of each piece at 1/4″ wide by 1/4″ deep using a table saw or a router and a straight bit. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the drawer box front and back pieces on the opposite side as the groove. Make sure that the pocket holes will not interfere with the groove. Secure the sides to the back using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Dresser with Side Storage - Drawer 1

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Dresser with Side Storage - Drawer 2

Step Eleven

Cut the piece for the drawer bottom. Slide the bottom into the grooves in the sides and back. The piece should fit snugly but not too tight.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Dresser with Side Storage - Drawer 3

Step Twelve

Insert the front edge of the drawer box bottom into the groove on the drawer box front. Secure the drawer box front to the drawer box sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions locating them flush with the front edge of the sides.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Dresser with Side Storage - Drawer 4

Step Thirteen

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. The drawer fronts will overlap each opening by 1/2″. Mark the position for the drawer pulls and drill the holes. Open the drawer, and secure the drawer front using countersunk 1-1/4” screws from the inside. Remove the screws from the holes for the drawer pull then finish drilling the holes. Install the drawer pull.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Dresser with Side Storage - Drawer Fronts

Finish as desired.

A fabulously easy to build dresser with bookcases on each side. This is a quick and easy project perfect for those new to woodworking!

This dresser would also be a great piece in a dining room to store china and linens, as well as in an entryway! Have any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build a Dresser with Side Storage? Leave a comment below!




A Whimsical Chest of Drawers

DIY Plans to Build the Ava Chest of Drawers

This chest of drawers is constructed by basically building a box that houses each drawer. The boxes are then stacked in either a straight line or offset for a bit of whimsy! The DIY plans to build the Ava Chest of Drawers are really easy to construct and require no drawer slides, though they can be added if desired!

DIY Plans to Build the Ava Chest of Drawers_Copy

DIY Plans to Build the Ava Chest of Drawers_Copy 2

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Edge banding, optional
  • Drawer pulls
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)
  • Paste wax

Lumber:

  • 1 – 1×4 at 8′
  • 3 – 4′ x 8′ sheets of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 2 – 1×4 at 15-1/2″ – Base Frame
  • 2 – 1×4 at 26″ – Base Frame
  • 12 – 3/4″ plywood at 19″ x 28″ – Drawer Box Bottom & Top
  • 12 – 3/4″ plywood at 5-3/4″ x 19″ – Drawer Box Sides
  • 6 – 3/4″ plywood at 5-3/4″ x 26-1/2″ – Drawer Box Back
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 15″ x 20″ – Small Drawer Box Bottom & Top
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 3-3/4″ x 15″ – Small Drawer Box Sides
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 3-3/4″ x 18-1/2″ – Small Drawer Box Back
  • 6 –  3/4″ plywood at 16-3/4″ x 24-7/8″ – Large Drawer Bottom
  • 12 – 3/4″ plywood at 5-5/8″ x 16-3/4″- Large Drawer Sides
  • 12 – 3/4″ plywood at 5-5/8″ x 26-3/8″- Large Drawer Front & Back
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 12-3/4″ x 16-7/8″ – Small Drawer Bottom
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 3-5/8″ x 12-3/4″ – Small Drawer Sides
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 3-5/8″ x 18-3/8″ – Small Drawer Front & Back

DIY Plans to Build the Ava Chest of Drawers

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the base. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter pieces as well as one long edge of each piece. Assemble the frame using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build the Ava Chest of Drawers_Base

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes – these are the pieces that the drawers fit into and will be stacked to create the chest. The first box will be assembled on the base frame and the remaining boxes will be layered on the previous box.

If using edge banding, it will be applied to all of the exposed edges of the plywood prior to assembly.

Starting with the first bottom piece, position the base frame on the bottom so that there is a 1″ border around all sides. Secure the base frame to the bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build the Ava Chest of Drawers_Drawer Box Bottom 1

Step Three

Drill pocket holes in the lower edge of each of the side pieces. Secure the sides to the bottom piece using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build the Ava Chest of Drawers_Drawer Box Sides

Step Four

Drill pocket holes in each end of the back piece as well as one long edge of each piece. Secure the back to the sides and the bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build the Ava Chest of Drawers_Drawer Box Back

Step Five

Position a top piece on the sides and back securing in place with glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build the Ava Chest of Drawers_Drawer Box Top

Step Six

Position the bottom for the second drawer box on the top. It can be lined up, or staggered – purely a matter of personal preference! Secure the bottom to the top of the previous box using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

Continue layering the pieces to construct each drawer box as in the previous steps.

DIY Plans to Build the Ava Chest of Drawers_Drawer Box Bottom 2

DIY Plans to Build the Ava Chest of Drawers_Drawer Box Layers

Step Seven

For the small box on the top, secure the bottom to the top of the last drawer box using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The piece is positioned with the back edge flush with the top of the last drawer box, and 4″ in from each side.

DIY Plans to Build the Ava Chest of Drawers_Sm Drawer Box Bottom

Step Eight

Drill pocket holes in one long edge of the sides, and secure to the bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build the Ava Chest of Drawers_Sm Drawer Box Sides

Step Nine

Drill pocket holes in one long edge of the back piece. Secure the back to the bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Secure the sides of the box to the back using 1-1/4″ brad nails through the sides into the ends of the back.

DIY Plans to Build the Ava Chest of Drawers_Sm Drawer Box Back

Step Ten

Position the top on the sides and back securing in place with glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build the Ava Chest of Drawers_Sm Drawer Box Top

Step Eleven

Cut the pieces for the drawers. Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the bottom as well as each end of the sides. Secure the sides to the bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Secure the front and back to the sides and bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build the Ava Chest of Drawers_Lg Drawer BS

DIY Plans to Build the Ava Chest of Drawers_Lg Drawer FB

DIY Plans to Build the Ava Chest of Drawers_Sm Drawer BS

DIY Plans to Build the Ava Chest of Drawers_Sm Drawer FB

Finish the chest and drawers as desired, then apply a coat of paste wax to the bottom of each drawer to help them slide smoothly in the openings. Install the drawer pulls.

This is a chest that can be used in any room and provides plenty of storage! I think it would look awesome stained a dark color with a nifty stenciled design painted on the front… Have any questions about the DIY plans to build the Ava Chest of Drawers? Leave a comment below or contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!




A Large Dresser with Plenty of Drawers

DIY Plans to Build a Serenity Dresser

There is nothing better than a large dresser, right? In my opinion, this dresser is the ultimate! With an open base and clean lines, the DIY plans to build a Serenity dresser are very easy to construct even with all twelve drawers! Though it may take more than one weekend to construct, the Serenity dresser will be well worth the effort!

DIY Plans to Build a Serenity Dresser_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • 1-1/4″ screws
  • Edge banding, optional
  • 12 – 18″ Drawer slides, preferably the ball-bearing type!
  • Cabinet pulls
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 6 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 10 – 1×8 at 8′
  • 1 – 2×2 at 4′
  • 1 – 4′ x 8′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood
  • 3 – 4′ x 8′ sheets of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 8 – 2×2 at 8″ – Legs
  • 8 – 1×2 at 17″ – Base Framing
  • 8 – 1×2 at 14″ – Base Framing
  • 4 – 1×2 at 30-1/2″ – Base Framing
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 20″ x 63″ – Bottom
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 20″ x 35-1/4″ – Sides
  • 2 – 1×2 at 63″ – Stretchers
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 20″ x 34-1/2″ – Dividers
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 34-7/8″ x 63-3/4″ – Back
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 20″ – 64-1/2″ – Top
  • 8 – 3/4″ plywood at 12-5/8″ x 16-1/2″ – Smaller Drawer Box Bottoms
  • 16 – 1×8 at 16-1/2″ – Smaller Drawer Box Sides
  • 16 – 1×8 at 14-1/8″ – Smaller Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 16-1/2″ x 28-3/4″ – Center Drawer Box Bottoms
  • 8 – 1×8 at 16-1/2″ – Center Drawer Box Sides
  • 8 – 1×8 at 30-1/4″ – Center Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 8 – 3/4″ plywood at 8-1/4″ x 14-7/8″ – Smaller Drawer Fronts
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 8-1/4″ x 31″ – Center Drawer Fronts

DIY Plans to Build a Serenity Dresser

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Step One

Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood prior to assembly.

Cut the pieces for the legs and the base framing. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the 1×2 framing pieces. Assemble the base frame as shown in the drawings using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. If the pocket holes on the top row of framing face up and the pocket holes on the bottom row of framing face down, the pocket holes will not have to be filled!

DIY Plans to Build a Serenity Dresser_Base 1 DIY Plans to Build a Serenity Dresser_Base 2

Step Two

Cut the piece for the bottom and drill pocket holes in the shorter edges. Position the bottom piece on the base with the pocket holes facing up. The front and back edges will be flush with the front and back of the base frame, and the sides of the bottom will be 3/4″ back from the side edges of the base frame. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails through the bottom into the frame.

DIY Plans to Build a Serenity Dresser_Bottom

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the sides. Position the sides on the base frame next to the bottom, and secure the bottom to the sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Serenity Dresser_Sides

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the upper stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the stretchers to the sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws, orienting the pocket holes so they face up.

DIY Plans to Build a Serenity Dresser_Stretchers

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the dividers and drill pocket holes in the bottom edge only of each piece. Cut the notches using a jigsaw. Secure the dividers to the bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Add a few brad nails through the stretchers into the notches to further secure the dividers.

DIY Plans to Build a Serenity Dresser_Dividers 1 DIY Plans to Build a Serenity Dresser_Dividers 2

Step Six

Cut the piece for the back. Center the back on the frame of the dresser and secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Serenity Dresser_Back

Step Seven

Draw lines on the sides and the dividers to mark the position of the drawer slides. The lines will mark the bottom of the drawer slides, and the drawer slides will be positioned 3/4″ back from the front edge of the sides and the dividers. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s instructions staggering the screws on the dividers so they don’t contact one another.

DIY Plans to Build a Serenity Dresser_Drawer Slides

Step Eight

Cut the piece for the top. The top will be flush with the cabinet on all sides. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails through the top into the sides, stretchers, and dividers.

DIY Plans to Build a Serenity Dresser_Top

Step Nine

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the bottom as well as each end of the sides. Assemble the drawer boxes as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions, making any necessary adjustments.

DIY Plans to Build a Serenity Dresser_Smaller Drawer BS DIY Plans to Build a Serenity Dresser_Smaller Drawer FB DIY Plans to Build a Serenity Dresser_Center Drawer BS DIY Plans to Build a Serenity Dresser_Center Drawer FB

Step Ten

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. Mark the position for the drawer pulls and drill the holes. Starting with the drawer front on the bottom, shim the drawer front in the opening – there will be a 1/8” gap around all sides – then drive screws through the holes for the drawer pulls into the drawer box. Open the drawer, and secure the drawer front using countersunk 1-1/4” screws from the inside. Remove the screws from the holes for the drawer pull then finish drilling the holes. Install the drawer pull. For an easy tutorial on installing drawer fronts, click here.

Continue installing the drawer fronts from the bottom up with a 1/8″ gap between them.

DIY Plans to Build a Serenity Dresser_Drawer Fronts

Finish the dresser as desired!

Whether painted or stained, the dresser would also be a great accent in a dining room to store linens and china, or even as a media center! Leave a comment below or contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com if there are any questions about the DIY plans to build a Serenity dresser!




A Super-Simple Dresser to Build

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Evan Dresser

I love this little dresser – especially since it can be finished in so many ways! The DIY furniture plans to build an Evan Dresser feature one long drawer at the top with four shorter drawers underneath. This is an easy and inexpensive build that can be completed in a weekend!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Evan Dresser - Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-3/4″ brad nails
  • Edge banding
  • 5 sets of 12″ Ball-bearing drawer slides (like these)
  • Cabinet pulls
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Tools Needed:

  • Table saw
  • Miter saw or circular saw
  • Iron for edge banding
  • Drill
  • Pocket hole jig
  • Right angle drill attachment (for tight spaces)
  • Pneumatic brad nailer with compressor
  • Sander
  • Drawer slide jig (optional)

Lumber:

  • 1 – 1×2 at 6′
  • 7 – 1×6 at 8′
  • 2 – 2×2 at 6′
  • 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood
  • 1 – 4′ x 8′ at 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 30-3/4″ – Legs
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 12″ x 22-1/2″ – Side Panels
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 22-1/2″ x 28″ – Back
  • 2 – 1×2 at 28″ – Upper & Lower Stretchers
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 13-1/2″ x 28″ – Shelves
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 12-1/4″ x 13-1/2″ – Divider
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 13-1/2″ x 13-5/8″ – Lower Drawer Dividers
  • 2 – 1×6 at 12″ – Large Drawer Box Sides
  • 2 – 1×6 at 25-1/2″ – Large Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 11″ x 26″ – Large Drawer Box Bottom
  • 8 – 1×6 at 12″ – Small Drawer Box Sides
  • 8 – 1×6 at 11-1/8″ – Small Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 4 – 1/4″ plywood at 11″ x 11-5/8″ – Small Drawer Box Bottom
  • 1 – 1×6 at 27-3/4″ – Large Drawer Front
  • 4 – 1×6 at 13-3/8″ – Small Drawer Fronts

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Evan Dresser

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs and the side panels. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes along each long edge of the side panels. Secure the panels to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The back face of the side panels will be flush with the inside faces of the legs.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Evan Dresser - Sides

Step Two

Cut the piece for the back and drill pocket holes along the side edges. Secure the back panel to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The back face of the panel will be flush with the inside faces of the legs.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Evan Dresser - Back

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the upper and lower stretchers, and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the lower stretcher to the legs as shown (located 3/4″ back from the front face of the legs) using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Secure the upper stretcher to the legs in the same manner – the front face of the upper stretcher will be flush with the front faces of the legs.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Evan Dresser - Lower Stretcher

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Evan Dresser - Upper Stretcher

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the shelves. Drill pocket holes in the side and back edges. Secure the shelves to the sides and back using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The lower shelf will be positioned on top of the lower stretcher – add a few 1-3/4″ brad nails through the shelf into the stretcher for further security.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Evan Dresser - Shelves

Step Five

Cut the piece for the divider, drilling pocket holes in the top and bottom edges as well as the back edge. Secure the divider to the shelves and back using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Evan Dresser - Divider

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the lower drawer dividers, drilling pocket holes in the side and back edges. Secure the drawer dividers to the sides and center divider using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Evan Dresser - Lower Drawer Dividers

Step Seven

Cut the piece for the top. Apply edge banding to all edge of the top prior to securing it to the cabinet. The sides and front of the top will overhang by 1/2″.Secure in place using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails through the top into the legs, side panels, back and upper front stretcher.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Evan Dresser - Top

Step Eight

For both sizes of drawers:

Cut the pieces for the drawer box sides, front, and back. Cut the groove in the bottom edge of each piece at 1/4″ wide by 1/4″ deep using a table saw or a router and a straight bit. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the drawer box front and back pieces on the opposite side as the groove. Make sure that the pocket holes will not interfere with the groove. Secure the sides to the back using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Evan Dresser - Large Drawer 1

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Evan Dresser - Small Drawer 1

Step Nine

Cut the piece for the drawer bottom. Slide the bottom into the grooves in the sides and back. The piece should fit snugly but not too tight.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Evan Dresser - Large Drawer 3

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Evan Dresser - Small Drawer 3

Step Ten

Insert the front edge of the drawer box bottom into the groove on the drawer box front. Secure the drawer box front to the drawer box sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions locating them ¾” back from the front edge of the legs.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Evan Dresser - Large Drawer 4

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Evan Dresser - Small Drawer 4

Step Eleven

For both drawer front sizes:

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. Mark the position for the drawer pulls and drill the holes. Shim the drawer front in the opening – there will be a 1/8” gap around all sides – then drive screws through the holes for the drawer pulls into the drawer box. Open the drawer, and secure the drawer front using countersunk 1-1/4” screws from the inside. Remove the screws from the holes for the drawer pull then finish drilling the holes. Install the drawer pull. For an easy tutorial on installing drawer fronts, click here.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Evan Dresser - Drawer Fronts

Finish as desired.

This dresser is perfect for a child’s room (properly secured to the wall, of course!) as well as an adult’s room. It can also be used as storage in an entryway or dining room. Have any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build an Evan Dresser? Leave a comment below!




A Rustic Chest with Drawers and a Shelf Behind Doors

DIY Plans to Build a Braylon Chest

This chest would serve a lot of storage needs… The DIY plans to build a Braylon Chest feature four drawers at the bottom with two doors at the top concealing a shelf space. This dresser is another super-easy build that would make a great addition to any room!

DIY Plans to Build a Braylon Chest-Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Edge banding
  • 2 sets of hinges
  • 2 magnetic catches
  • 4 sets of 16″ drawer slides (the flat, ball-bearing type)
  • Cabinet pulls
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 2 – 1×3 at 6′
  • 4 – 1×6 at 8′
  • 2 – 1×8 at 6′
  • 6 – 2×2 at 6′
  • 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood
  • 1 – 2′ x 2′ sheet of 1/2″ plywood
  • 1 – 2′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood
  • 1 – 4′ x 8′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 50″ – Legs
  • 4 – 2×2 at 15″ – Side Framing
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 15″ x 43″ – Side Panels
  • 4 – 2×2 at 33″ – Stretchers
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 15″ x 33″ – Top & Bottom
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 17″ x 33″ – Shelf
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 34-1/2″ x 44-1/2″ – Back
  • 8 – 1×6 at 16″ – Drawer Box Sides
  • 8 – 1×6 at 30-1/2″ – Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 4 – 1/4″ plywood at 15″ x 31″ – Drawer Box Bottom
  • 4 – 1×8 at 32-3/4″ – Drawer Fronts
  • 4 – 1×3 at 11-5/16″ – Door Rails
  • 4 – 1×3 at 13-1/4″ – Door Stiles
  •  2 – 1/2″ plywood at 8-1/4″ x 11-5/16″ – Door Panels

DIY Plans to Build a Braylon Chest

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs. Cut the taper using a jigsaw, bandsaw, or a tapering jig on a table saw.

DIY Plans to Build a Braylon Chest-Legs

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the side framing and the side panels. With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the framing pieces. Secure the framing to the legs (with the tapers facing to what will be the back side of the assembly) using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in all four edges of the panels. Secure the panels to the framing using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The back face of the panel will be flush with the back face of the frame.

DIY Plans to Build a Braylon Chest-Sides

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the stretchers. Set the pocket hole jig for 1-1/2″ material and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the stretchers to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Braylon Chest-Stretchers

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the top and the bottom panels. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in all four edges of the panels. Secure the panels to the stretchers and the side framing using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The top face of the panels will be flush with the top face of the stretchers.

DIY Plans to Build a Braylon Chest-Top & Bottom

Step Five

Cut the piece for the shelf and drill pocket holes in the side edges. Secure the shelf to the side panels using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Note that the shelf will be positioned flush with the back legs and 1″ back from the front face of the front legs.

DIY Plans to Build a Braylon Chest-Shelf

Step Six

Cut the piece for the back. Secure the back using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Braylon Chest-Back

Step Seven

Mark the position on the inside of the side panels for the drawer slides. The dimensions indicate the top of each of the drawer slides. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions positioning them 3/4″ back from the front face of the front legs.

DIY Plans to Build a Braylon Chest-Drawer Slides

Step Eight

Cut the pieces for the drawer box sides, front, and back. Cut the groove in the bottom edge of each piece at 1/4″ wide by 1/4″ deep using a table saw or a router and a straight bit. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the drawer box front and back pieces on the opposite side as the groove. Make sure that the pocket holes will not interfere with the groove. Secure the sides to the back using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Braylon Chest-Drawer Box 1

DIY Plans to Build a Braylon Chest-Drawer Box 2

Step Nine

Cut the piece for the drawer bottom. Slide the bottom into the grooves in the sides and back. The piece should fit snugly but not too tight.

DIY Plans to Build a Braylon Chest-Drawer Box 3

Step Ten

Insert the front edge of the drawer box bottom into the groove on the drawer box front. Secure the drawer box front to the drawer box sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Position the remaining drawer slide on the side of the drawer box 3-1/2″ up from the bottom. This dimension is to the top of the drawer slide.

DIY Plans to Build a Braylon Chest-Drawer Box 4

Step Eleven

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. Mark the position for the drawer pulls and drill the holes. Starting with the lower drawer front, shim the drawer front in the opening – there will be a 1/8” gap around all sides – then drive screws through the holes for the drawer pulls into the drawer box. Open the drawer, and secure the drawer front using countersunk 1-1/4” screws from the inside. Remove the screws from the holes for the drawer pull then finish drilling the holes. Install the drawer pull. For an easy tutorial on installing drawer fronts, click here.

Shim the next drawer front in place spacing it 1/8″ away from the lower drawer front and work your way up.

DIY Plans to Build a Braylon Chest-Drawer Fronts

Step Twelve

Cut the pieces for the door stiles and rails. Drill pocket holes in each end of the rails. Assemble the door frames using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Cut the pieces for the door panels. Set the pocket hole jig for 1/2″ material and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure the panel inside the frame using glue and 1″ pocket hole screws.

Install the hinges on the doors, then install the doors in the cabinet. Install the magnetic catches and the cabinet pulls.

DIY Plans to Build a Braylon Chest-Doors 1

DIY Plans to Build a Braylon Chest-Doors 2

Finish as desired.

This chest would be fabulous as storage in an entryway or in a dining room. Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Braylon Chest? Leave a comment below!