So several months ago I promised to build my wife a wine buffet. It was a fairly ambitious plan since you could equate my woodworking experience with that of an infant. Fate intervened in my ambitions though when I found out my wife was pregnant. The wine buffet got the boot in favor of a much more practical and needed project, a dresser for the kiddo’s new room.
So, the dresser project began. The goal of this project is simple: to build a simple, sturdy dresser that has a pleasing look and will last for many years surviving both the abuse of a child and the multiple moves associated with military life.
I wanted something a little bit larger than the dressers we currently have, but not something gargantuan (besides, I couldn’t afford the extra material).
The final dresser will have 9 drawers and measure 48”” wide, 34” high and 18” deep. The top of the dresser will overhang the edges by ~1” so it will really be ~49”wide by 19”deep.
The top 3 drawers are 15”wide x 6” tall
The other 6 are 22” wide x 6.5” tall
All the drawers are 16”deep
The material for this project is maple hardwood and plywood. I chose this for a variety of reasons
1. The Mrs’ complete disgust for pine
2. My refusal to pay the price for the mahogany/walnut she really wanted
3. The wood store’s lack of materials for both plywood and hardwood in a variety of other styles (birch, ash, oak)
The carcass of the dresser is made from 3/4” plywood. This should be fairly rugged once it’ all put together.
There’s a faceframe in this dresser’s future to cover up the joints which are still a massive eyesore.
Each of the drawers is going to be set a little bit back into the dresser and the drawers will have a hardwood 5/8” face attached. When all is said and done, the face of the drawers should be flush with the faceframe
Right now the carcass is constructed, the drawers have all been built and the glue up for the top is coming along nicely