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!




Add Additional Storage to a Dresser or Cabinet

DIY Plans to Build a Brecken Dresser Hutch

Previously, I post plans to build the Brecken Dresser which is an easy plan suitable for a first project. Why not take that project a step further and build a piece to add additional storage to it? The DIY plans to build Brecken Dresser Hutch feature a shelf in the middle and will fasten to the top of the Brecken Dresser or any other cabinet.

DIY Plans to Build a Brecken Dresser Hutch-Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • 1-3/4″ brad nails
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

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

Cut List:

  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 12″ x 29-3/4″ – Sides
  • 5 – 1×2 at 32-1/2″ – Front & Back Stretchers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 12″ x 32-1/2″ – Shelf
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 12″ x 34″ – Top
  • 2 – 1×2 at 30-1/2″- Face Frame
  • 2 – 1×2 at 31″ – Face Frame
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 29-3/4″ x 33-1/4″ – Back

DIY Plans to Build a Brecken Dresser Hutch

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the sides. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in the lower end of the side pieces.

DIY Plans to Build a Brecken Dresser Hutch-Sides

Step Two

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

DIY Plans to Build a Brecken Dresser Hutch-Back Stretchers

DIY Plans to Build a Brecken Dresser Hutch-Front Stretchers

Step Three

Cut the piece for the shelf. Position the shelf on the middle stretchers securing in place with glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Brecken Dresser Hutch-Shelf

Step Four

Cut the piece for the top. The top is flush on all sides. Secure the top in place using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Brecken Dresser Hutch-Top

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the face frame. Drill pocket holes in each end of the horizontal pieces (the 31″ pieces). Secure the horizontal pieces to the vertical pieces using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Secure the face frame to the front of the cabinet. The outside edges of the vertical pieces will be flush with the sides, the top horizontal piece will be flush with the top, and the top of the middle horizontal piece will be flush with the top of the shelf. Secure the face frame using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Brecken Dresser Hutch-Face Frame

Step Six

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

DIY Plans to Build a Brecken Dresser Hutch-Back

Finish as desired. Position the hutch on top of the dresser so that the back is flush with the back of the dresser. Secure in place with 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

This hutch is a great companion to any cabinet or desk. It is a great way to add extra storage for books, toys, or video games! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Brecken Dresser Hutch? Leave a comment below!




An Easy to Build Dresser Perfect for a First Project

DIY Plans to Build a Brecken Dresser

I love the detail on the front drawers of this dresser! It is so simple but looks so elegant… The DIY plans to build a Brecken Dresser feature three wide drawers, and is a very easy build. It is the perfect project for those new to woodworking!

DIY Plans to Build a Brecken Dresser-Copy
Materials:

  • 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
  • 2-1/2” pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4” brad nails
  • 1-3/4” brad nails
  • Edge banding
  • 3 sets of 16” Drawer slides
  • Cabinet pulls
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 8 – ¼” x 2 craft boards at 3’
  • 3 – 1×6 at 8’
  • 2 – 2×2 at 8’
  • 1 – 4’ x 8’ sheet of ¼” plywood
  • 1 – 2’ x 4’ sheet of ½” plywood
  • 1 – 4’ x 8’ sheet of ¾” plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 29-1/8” – Legs
  • 4 – 2×2 at 15” – Side Framing
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 15” x 21-3/4” – Side Panels
  • 6 – 2×2 at 32” – Front & Back Stretchers
  • 1 – ¼” plywood at 24-3/4” x 33-1/2” – Back
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 18-1/4” x 35” – Top
  • 6 – 1×6 at 16” – Drawer Box Sides
  • 6 – 1×6 at 31” – Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 3 – ¼” plywood at 15” x 31-1/2” – Drawer Bottom
  • 3 – ½” plywood at 6” x 31-3/4” – Drawer Front Base
  • 12 – ¼” x 2” craft board at 6” – Drawer Front Trim
  • 12 – ¼” x 2” craft board at 15-7/8” – Drawer Front Trim

DIY Plans to Build a Brecken Dresser

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs and the side framing. With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the framing pieces to the legs using glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.
Cut the pieces for the side panels. Set the pocket hole jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure the panels to the side frames 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 Brecken Dresser-Sides
Step Two

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 as indicated in the drawings using glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Brecken Dresser-Back Stretchers

DIY Plans to Build a Brecken Dresser-Front Stretchers
Step Three

Cut the piece for the back panel. Position the back panel so the top is flush with the top of the back legs securing in place using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Brecken Dresser-Back
Step Four

Cut the piece for the top. If using edge banding, it will be applied to the exposed edges of the top prior to attaching the top to the cabinet. Position the top on the cabinet so that the sides and front are flush with the legs, framing, and front stretchers (the top will overhang the back panel) securing in place using glue and 1-3/4” brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Brecken Dresser-Top
Step Five

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 Brecken Dresser-Drawer 1

DIY Plans to Build a Brecken Dresser-Drawer 2
Step Six

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 Brecken Dresser-Drawer 3
Step Seven

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 sides.

DIY Plans to Build a Brecken Dresser-Drawer 4

Step Eight

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. Cut the ¼” detail pieces with 45° miters at each end. Evenly spread glue on the back side of each piece and clamp the pieces in place until dry.
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 Brecken Dresser-Drawer Fronts 1 DIY Plans to Build a Brecken Dresser-Drawer Fronts 2
Finish as desired.
This dresser would be perfect as storage in any room – in an entryway, a dining room, or in a pair in a bedroom. Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Brecken Dresser? Leave a comment below!




A Beautiful Dresser from Studio C Plans!

The Finished Version of the Raphael Dresser Plans (with Beautiful Hardware!)

Thanks to D. Lawless Hardware for providing the beautiful handles I used on this dresser!

When I was drawing plans for the Raphael Dresser, I knew I wanted to build it – immediately!! The day after I posted it, I cut the legs from the plan and template -mainly to check the accuracy of the template and it worked! So I present – my finished version of the Raphael Dresser plans!

The Finished Version of the Raphael Dresser Plans_DSCF3297

As complicated as this dresser may look, it was a very, very easy build. I used discounted lumber (some pieces were damaged) for a majority of the construction. The side panels are made with scraps of tongue and groove beaded planking (which I forgot to photograph!).

The Finished Version of the Raphael Dresser Plans_DSCF3296

The legs were so simple to make with the help of the template. I cut both pieces at once using a bandsaw then sanded them together.

The Finished Version of the Raphael Dresser Plans_DSCF3293

I did make a mistake on the drawer fronts and cut them an inch too short. D’oh! I ripped 1/2″ wide strips from a few scraps and after staining them, I nailed them to the sides of the drawer fronts. I think it sort of adds to the rustic look as I never fill the holes, knots, or imperfections in the lumber I’m using.

The Finished Version of the Raphael Dresser Plans_DSCF3295

The hardware is really fabulous, isn’t it? The handles are from D. Lawless Hardware and they have a fabulous selection of hardware as well as excellent customer service! These handles started as brass then were spray painted coral because I like the way the coral looks with dark brown stain.

The Finished Version of the Raphael Dresser Plans_DSCF3291

This is a piece I am keeping. I think I am going to paint an antique mirror frame in the same color as the hardware to hang above the dresser. I may try to draft plans for matching nightstands… Wouldn’t that be awesome?

The Finished Version of the Raphael Dresser Plans_DSCF3292

So this is my finished version of the Raphael Dresser plans… I would love to see your version! Please feel free to share photos of your finished projects, I would love to see them!




A Dresser with Wide Divided Drawers

DIY Plans to Build a Sterling Dresser

This dresser is perfect for any space and offers plenty of storage. The DIY plans to build a Sterling Dresser feature three large drawers with dividers inside. The base is open and can be finished in a contrasting color. This is a truly easy build and can be completed in a weekend.

DIY Plans to Build a Sterling Dresser_Copy

Materials:

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

Lumber:

  • 3 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 6 – 1×8 at 8′
  • 3 – 1×10 at 6′
  • 5 – 2×2 at 6′
  • 2 – 4′ x 8′ sheets of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 8″ – Base Legs
  • 4 – 2×2 at 17″ – Base Side Framing
  • 4 – 2×2 at 53″ – Base Front & Back Stretchers
  • 1 – 2×2 at 17″ – Base Center Support
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 20″ x 27″ – Cabinet Sides
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 27″ x 54-1/2″ – Cabinet Back
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 19-1/4″ x 54-1/2″ – Cabinet Bottom
  • 3 – 1×2 at 54-1/2″ – Stretchers
  • 6 – 1×2 at 17″ – Stretchers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 20″ x 56″ – Top
  • 3 – 3/4″ plywood at 16-1/2″ x 52″ – Drawer Box Bottom
  • 6 – 1×8 (ripped to 7″ wide) at 16-1/2″ – Drawer Box Sides
  • 6 – 1×8 (ripped to 7″ wide) at 53-1/2″ – Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 6 – 1×8 (ripped to 6-1/4″ wide) at 17-1/4″ – Drawer Box Dividers
  • 2 – 1×10 (ripped to 8-5/8″ wide) at 54-1/4″ – Upper & Middle Drawer Front
  • 1 – 1×10 (ripped to 8-1/2″ wide) at 54-1/4″ – Lower Drawer Front

DIY Plans to Build a Sterling Dresser

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the base legs and the base side framing. 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 using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. Orient the pieces so that the pocket holes face up on the upper pieces and face down on the lower pieces.

DIY Plans to Build a Sterling Dresser_Base Sides

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the base front and back stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the stretchers to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. Orient the pieces so that the pocket holes face up on the upper pieces and face down on the lower pieces.

DIY Plans to Build a Sterling Dresser_Base FB Stretchers

Step Three

Cut the piece for the base center support and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the support to the upper front and back stretchers using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Sterling Dresser_Base Support

Step Four

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

Cut the pieces for the cabinet sides. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in the lower edge of the side pieces. Secure the sides to the base frame using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The outside face of the side will be flush with the outside face of the base.

DIY Plans to Build a Sterling Dresser_Sides

Step Five

Cut the piece for the back and drill pocket holes in the side and lower edges. Secure the back to the sides and the base using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The outside face of the back will be flush with the outside face of the base.

DIY Plans to Build a Sterling Dresser_Back

Step Six

Cut the piece for the bottom. Secure the bottom to the base between the sides using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Sterling Dresser_Bottom

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the longer and shorter stretchers. Drill pocket holes in each end of each piece. Secure the shorter stretchers to the longer stretcher using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Secure the stretcher assembly to the inside of the cabinet as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Note that the longer front stretcher is located 3/4″ back from the outside edge of the sides.

DIY Plans to Build a Sterling Dresser_Stretchers 1

DIY Plans to Build a Sterling Dresser_Stretchers 2

Step Eight

Cut the piece for the top. Secure the top to the sides, stretchers, and back using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Sterling 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.  Secure the sides to the bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Sterling Dresser_Drawer BS

Step Ten

Using a router with a dado bit or multiple cuts with a table saw, cut a 3/8″ deep by 3/4″ wide dado in the two places indicated on the back side of the drawer box front and back. Make a test fit with a scrap piece of 1x material.

Secure the drawer box front and back to the sides and bottom 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 sides. For an easy tutorial, click here. Make any necessary adjustments.

DIY Plans to Build a Sterling Dresser_Drawer FB 1

DIY Plans to Build a Sterling Dresser_Drawer FB 2

Step Eleven

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts noting that the lower drawer front is 1/8″ narrower than the upper and middle 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 as well as between the drawer fronts– 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 Sterling Dresser_Drawer Fronts

Finish as desired.

This piece can be used as media storage, in a dining room to store china and linens, or in a bathroom to store toiletries. Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Sterling dresser? Leave a comment below!




A Simply Modern Dresser

DIY Plans to Build a Port Modern Dresser

Plain and simple lines seem to be popular these days. The DIY plans to build a Port Modern Dresser fits that bill perfectly with its simplicity, four large drawers, and open base frame. This plan is perfect for those new to woodworking or even for those who want to tackle a quick project. The base frame can be painted a different color, maybe in metallic paint, for a nifty contrast!

DIY Plans to Build a Port Modern Dresser_Copy

Materials:

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

Lumber:

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

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 8″ – Legs
  • 4 – 2×2 at 18″ – Base Frame Sides
  • 4 – 2×2 at 67″ – Base Frame Front & Back
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 20-1/4″ x 23-1/4″ – Sides
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 23-1/4″ x 68-1/2″ – Back
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 19-1/2″ x 68-1/2″ – Bottom
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 19-1/2″ x 22-1/2″ – Divider
  • 4 – 1×2 at 33-7/8″ – Front Stretchers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 20-1/4″ x 70″ – Top
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 16-1/2″ x 31-3/8″ – Drawer Box Bottom
  • 8 – 1×10 at 16-1/2″ – Drawer Box Sides
  • 8 – 1×10 at 32-7/8″ – Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 11-1/2″ x 34-15/16″ – Drawer Fronts

DIY Plans to Build a Port Modern Dresser

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs and the base frame. With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the framing pieces. Secure the framing pieces to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. Note that the lower framing pieces are positioned 1″ up from the bottom of the legs.

DIY Plans to Build a Port Modern Dresser_Base Frame

Step Two

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

Cut the pieces for the sides. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in the upper and lower edges of the sides. Secure the sides to the base frame using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws, positioning the pieces so the outside face is flush with the outside face of the side framing and 3/4″ back from the front framing.

DIY Plans to Build a Port Modern Dresser_Sides

Step Three

Cut the piece for the back and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure the back to the sides and the base frame using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The outside face of the back is flush with the outside face of the back framing.

DIY Plans to Build a Port Modern Dresser_Back

Step Four

Cut the piece for the bottom. Secure the bottom to the base framing using glue and countersunk 1-1/2″ screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Port Modern Dresser_Bottom

Step Five

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

DIY Plans to Build a Port Modern Dresser_Divider

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the front stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end of each piece. Position the stretchers as shown noting that the two upper stretchers are positioned on their sides while the lower two stretchers are positioned on end. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Port Modern Dresser_Front Stretchers

Step Seven

Cut the piece for the top. The top will be flush with the cabinet on all four sides. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws through the previously drilled pocket holes in the sides, back, and divider.

DIY Plans to Build a Port Modern Dresser_Top

Step Eight

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 flush with the front edge of the sides. For an easy tutorial, click here. Make any necessary adjustments.

DIY Plans to Build a Port Modern Dresser_Drawer BS

DIY Plans to Build a Port Modern Dresser_Drawer FB

Step Nine

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. Starting with the bottom two drawer fronts, there will be a 1/8″ gap between the drawer fronts and the base frame, as well as a 1/8″ gap between them (the side edges will be flush with the sides). Shim the drawer fronts in place, then secure to the drawer boxes using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

There will be a 13/16″ gap between the upper and lower drawer fronts so that the top edge of the upper drawer fronts is flush with the top. Secure the drawer fronts to the drawer boxes using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Port Modern Dresser_Drawer Fronts

Finish as desired.

With the large drawers in this dresser, it would be a fabulous piece for china storage in a dining room. The dresser would also make a great piece for storing blankets in a guest room or entryway! This piece can also be used as a media stand. Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Port Modern Dresser? Leave a comment below!




A Beautiful Dresser with Lots of Drawers

DIY Plans to Build a Gabriela Dresser

This dresser, though it has tons of drawers, is a super-easy build. Featuring a total of twelve drawers, the DIY plans to build a Gabriela Dresser are perfect for a shared kids room, a craft room, or in a dining room. Each of the drawers in the vertical columns are a different size and will accommodate a variety of clothing or accessories. The entire dresser, drawers, and drawer fronts are constructed from 1/2″ material.

DIY Plans to Build a Gabriela Dresser_Copy

Materials:

  • 1″ pocket hole screws
  • 1″ brad nails
  • Edge banding, optional
  • 12 sets of 12″ Drawer slides
  • Cabinet pulls
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 13 – 1/2″ thick by 1-1/2″ wide boards at 3′ (also called “craft boards”) OR
  • 9 – 1/2″ thick by 1-1/2″ wide boards at 4′
  • 2 – 2×2 at 6′
  • 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood
  • 2 – 4′ x 8′ sheets of 1/2″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 32-1/4″ – Legs
  • 2 – 1/2″ x 1-1/2″ boards at 14″ – Upper Side Framing
  • 2 – 1/2″ plywood at 14″ x 27-1/4″ – Side Panels
  • 1 – 1/2″ plywood at 16″ x 46″ – Bottom
  • 2 – 1/2″ plywood at 16″ x 27-3/4″ – Dividers
  • 24 – 1/2″ x 1-1/2″ boards at 14″ – Front & Back Stretchers
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 28-1/4″ x 44″ – Back
  • 1 – 1/2″ plywood at 16-3/4″ x 47″ – Top
  • 12 – 1/2″ plywood at 11″ x 12″ – Drawer Box Bottoms
  • 6 – 1/2″ plywood at 3-1/2″ x 11″ – Drawer Box #1 Sides
  • 6 – 1/2″ plywood at 3-1/2″ x 13″ – Drawer Box #1 Front & Back
  • 6 – 1/2″ plywood at 4-1/2″ x 11″ – Drawer Box #2 Sides
  • 6 – 1/2″ plywood at 4-1/2″ x 13″ – Drawer Box #2 Front & Back
  • 6 – 1/2″ plywood at 5-1/2″ x 11″ – Drawer Box #3 Sides
  • 6 – 1/2″ plywood at 5-1/2″ x 13″ – Drawer Box #3 Front & Back
  • 6 – 1/2″ plywood at 6-1/2″ x 11″ – Drawer Box #4 Sides
  • 6 – 1/2″ plywood at 6-1/2″ x 13″ – Drawer Box #4 Front & Back
  • 3 – 1/2″ plywood at 4-1/2″ x 13-3/4″ – Drawer Fronts #1
  • 3 – 1/2″ plywood at 5-3/4″ x 13-3/4″ – Drawer Fronts #2
  • 3 – 1/2″ plywood at 6-3/4″ x 13-3/4″ – Drawer Fronts #3
  • 3 – 1/2″ plywood at 7-3/4″ x 13-3/4″ – Drawer Fronts #4

DIY Plans to Build a Gabriela Dresser

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs. Cut the taper in the lower end using a jigsaw or a tapering jig on a table saw.

DIY Plans to Build a Gabriela Dresser_Legs

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the upper side framing and the side panels. With the pocket hole jig set for 1/2″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the framing pieces. Secure the framing pieces to the legs using glue and 1″ pocket hole screws. The tapers on the legs will face to the inside.

Cut the pieces for the side panels and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure the panels to the legs and the framing piece using glue and 1″ pocket hole screws. The back face of the panels will be flush with the inside face of the legs.

DIY Plans to Build a Gabriela Dresser_Sides

Step Three

Cut the piece for the bottom. Cut the notches using a jigsaw. Secure the bottom between the lower end of the side legs using glue and 1″ pocket hole screws through the side panels into the bottom.

DIY Plans to Build a Gabriela Dresser_Bottom 1

DIY Plans to Build a Gabriela Dresser_Bottom 2

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the dividers and drill pocket holes in the lower end of each piece. Secure the dividers to the bottom using glue and 1″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Gabriela Dresser_Dividers

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the front and back stretchers, and drill pocket holes in each end of a total of 16 pieces. The remaining eight will be secured with brad nails. Starting with the center back stretchers, secure them dividers as shown using glue and 1″ brad nails. Secure the remaining stretchers using glue and 1″ pocket hole screws to the  legs and dividers.

Repeat the process for the front stretchers.

DIY Plans to Build a Gabriela Dresser_Back Stretchers

DIY Plans to Build a Gabriela Dresser_Front Stretchers

Step Six

Cut the piece for the back. Secure the back using glue and 1″ brad nails through the back into the legs and stretchers.

DIY Plans to Build a Gabriela Dresser_Back

Step Seven

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

DIY Plans to Build a Gabriela Dresser_Top

Step Eight

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. The drawer box bottoms are all the same size. The sides, front and back of the drawer boxes are all the same length but are different heights. All of the drawers are assembled in the same manner and are shown in the drawing. In the cut list, the drawers are listed in order from top to bottom.

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” pocket hole screws. 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, click here. Make any necessary adjustments.

DIY Plans to Build a Gabriela Dresser_Drawer BS

DIY Plans to Build a Gabriela Dresser_Drawer FB

Step Nine

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 Gabriela Dresser_Drawer Fronts

Finish the dresser as desired.

I have started building this dresser for myself using MDF with a wood veneer overlay. It has become a nightmare project but that is a story for another day. Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Gabriela Dresser? Leave a comment below!




A Large Chest With Scalloped Leg Detail

DIY Plans to Build a Scalloped Leg Dresser

Here is another fabulous plan for a dresser with detailed legs… The DIY plans to build a Scalloped Leg Dresser feature five drawers with scalloped front legs. Don’t be intimidated by the scalloped legs – they are easy to cut using a scrolling blade on a jigsaw or a 1/8″ blade on a bandsaw! This is a very easy build that can be completed in a weekend.

DIY Plans to Build a Scalloped Leg Dresser_Copy

Materials:

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

Lumber:

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

Cut List:

  • 2 – 2×4 at 35-1/4″ – Front Legs
  • 2 – 2×2 at 35-1/4″ – Back Legs
  • 4 – 1×2 at 18″ – Side Framing
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 18″ x 29-3/4″ – Side Panels
  • 8 – 1×2 at 27″ – Back Framing & Front Stretchers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 27″ x 29-3/4″ – Back Panel
  • 2 – 1×2 at 18″ – Stretcher Supports
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 20″ x 28″ – Top Panel
  • 2 – 1×2 at 20″ – Top Side Trim
  • 1 – 1×2 at 31″ – Top Front Trim
  • 5 – 3/4″ plywood at 16-1/2″ x 24-1/2″ – Drawer Box Bottoms
  • 10 – 1×6 (ripped to 4-1/2″ wide) at 16-1/2″ – Drawer Box Sides
  • 10 – 1×6 (ripped to 4-1/2″ wide) at 26″ – Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 5 – 1×6 at (ripped to 5-1/8″” wide) at 26-3/4″ – Drawer Fronts

DIY Plans to Build a Scalloped Leg Dresser

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Print the templates for the scalloped legs and tape the sheets together matching the registration marks. Cut out the template, then position the template on the pieces for the front legs aligning the straight edge with the edge of the board and trace around the template with a pencil. Cut the legs using a jigsaw with a scrolling blade ( a narrow jigsaw blade for cutting curves) or a bandsaw with a 1/8″ blade. See this tutorial for more information.

DIY Plans to Build a Scalloped Leg Dresser_Front Legs

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the back legs, the side framing, and the side panels. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the framing pieces as well as all four edges of the panels. Secure the framing pieces to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Secure the panels to the legs and framing pieces using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The back face of the panels will be flush with the inside face of the legs and framing pieces. Note that there will be a right side and a left side.

DIY Plans to Build a Scalloped Leg Dresser_Sides

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the back stretchers and the back panel. Drill pocket holes in each end of the stretchers as well as all four edges of the panel. Secure the stretchers to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Secure the panel to the legs and framing pieces using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The back face of the panel will be flush with the inside face of the legs and framing pieces.

DIY Plans to Build a Scalloped Leg Dresser_Back Panel & Stretchers

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the front stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the stretchers to the front legs as indicated in the drawings. Ideally, the stretchers will line up with the flat 3/4″ portions between the scallops on the front legs. Measure to make sure and if they don’t line up, it is ok! Secure the stretchers to the front legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The back face of the stretchers will be flush with the back edge of the front legs.

DIY Plans to Build a Scalloped Leg Dresser_Front Stretchers

Step Five

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

DIY Plans to Build a Scalloped Leg Dresser_Stretcher Supports

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the top panel and the top trim. Drill pocket holes in one end only of the side trim pieces, as well as the side and front edges of the top panel. Secure the side trim pieces first, using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws, then secure the front trim piece. An edge can be routed on the trim using a router and a decorative bit.

The top will overhang the sides and front by 1/2″. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails through the top into the framing and stretchers below.

DIY Plans to Build a Scalloped Leg Dresser_Top 1

DIY Plans to Build a Scalloped Leg Dresser_Top 2

Step Seven

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 front stretchers. For an easy tutorial, click here. Make any necessary adjustments.

DIY Plans to Build a Scalloped Leg Dresser_Drawer BS

DIY Plans to Build a Scalloped Leg Dresser_Drawer FB

Step Eight

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 Scalloped Leg Dresser_Drawer Fronts

Finish as desired!

The DIY plans to build a Scalloped Leg Dresser is an easy build and the piece will look great in any room, with any finish. I would love to build this then use a dark stain… Have any questions? Leave a comment below!




Cutting the Chunky Curved Legs using a Template

How to Cut Wood Legs with a Template

Previously, I posted plans to build a dresser with chunky curved legs and I also mentioned that I was going to add it near the top of my “to build” list! The build is going so well, and the front legs were a breeze to cut. Let me offer a little clarification in the process of creating the legs by showing how to cut the wood legs with a template. Trust me, they are super-easy to create!

How to Cut Wood Legs with a Template

Start by printing the template. Align the registration marks, tape the sheets together, then  cut out the template.

For this particular plan, a 45° bevel will be cut in both edges of one side of a 2×6 board.

How to Cut Wood Legs with a Template_Bevel

How to Cut Wood Legs with a Template_Bevel Profile

The template will be aligned with the flat side of the bevel, not the point. (See the photos!) I traced around the template with a pencil.

How to Cut Wood Legs with a Template_Template

How to Cut Wood Legs with a Template_Tracing

In order to make both legs as close to identical as I can get them (it will drive me nuts if they are different), I aligned the pieces at the point of the bevel, then drove 2-1/2″ screws through both pieces.

It is easier to cut the legs with a bandsaw, if one is available, and the legs can also be cut with a jigsaw. I made a series of relief cuts in the excess material that would be cut away.

How to Cut Wood Legs with a Template_Bandsaw

How to Cut Wood Legs with a Template_Relief Cuts

After the legs were cut, I sanded the pieces with 60 grit sandpaper, followed by 120 grit. I removed the screws and filled the holes with wood filler. I used a dark colored filler because I know I want a dark stain on the dresser. I also filled any minor nicks left by the relief cuts.

How to Cut Wood Legs with a Template_Sanding

How to Cut Wood Legs with a Template_Filler

Once the filler dries, I will sand the legs with 220 grit sandpaper then complete the plan. I cannot wait until it is finished! This quick tutorial on how to cut wood legs with a template should take some of the hesitation out… They really were simple to create but if you have any questions, please leave a comment below!