Build the Cosmo Dresser
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!
- 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws (<– affiliate link!)
- 1-1/4″ brad nails
- Edge banding, optional (<– affiliate link!)
- 3 sets of drawer slides (shortened to 11-1/2″) (<– affiliate link!)
- 3 cabinet pulls
- Wood glue
- Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
- Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)
- 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
- 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
Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood before assembly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Take a look at this quick tutorial on cutting drawer slides. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions, locating them ¾” back from the front edge of the sides. This easy tutorial on installing drawer slides will be helpful. Make any necessary adjustments.
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. Check out this easy tutorial on installing drawer fronts.
Finish as desired!
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Originally posted 2013-12-16 08:00:37.