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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!

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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

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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!

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Originally posted 2013-12-16 08:00:37.

  • I could always use a little more organizing and these drawers would go a long way to help. Now I just need someone to build it! You’re remarkable Cher.

    • CherTexter

      Thank you so much, Elle! I love what I do!

  • Getting more organized is a goal for 2014, these may just help that happen…

    • CherTexter

      I really love this dresser – it is on my “to build” list!

  • vinma

    timing is perfect for this post Cher? Who doesn’t want to organize on a new year lol! Great idea 🙂

    • CherTexter

      I definitely need to do so, Vinma! I’m tired of my house looking like an episode of Hoarders!!

  • I could use two of these.

    • CherTexter

      In all honesty, I could use about twelve of them… LOL!

  • Heidi Love Frerichs

    What if I wanted it 32 x 32 x 17? How do I modify? And can I use poplar?

    • CherTexter

      Hi, Heidi!
      Of course you can use poplar! Any species of wood can be used – it is just a matter of preference! To change the dimensions, just subtract or add to the corresponding pieces. For example, the dresser measures 40″ wide over all so that means that all of the pieces that lay across the width (the top, the stretchers, the drawer fronts, the drawer box front and back, the back, and the drawer bottoms) will be shortened by 8″ to make it 32″ wide. For the depth, the side panels, the side framing pieces, the top, the drawer bottoms, and the drawer sides will be lengthened by 2-1/2″ to make it 17″ deep. For the height since it is only 1/2″, the legs can be shortened so that it doesn’t affect the spacing of the stretchers or the drawers. So instead of having 4″ from the bottom of the legs to the bottom of the cabinet, it will be 3-1/2″. Hope this helps!

      • Heidi Love Frerichs

        Yes this helps! Thank you! : )

  • Holly

    The beveled edges and leg tapers use tools I don’t have yet, but those are just decorative, right? I only have a miter/drop saw at my disposal for the moment.

    • CherTexter

      Absolutely, Holly! The legs can be straight and square! Hope this helps!

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