Dresser #1: In the beginning. . .

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Blog entry by AFChip posted 04-25-2010 04:36 AM 1726 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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
Top Glue Up

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#1 posted 04-25-2010 04:57 AM

Nice work Chip look forward to the rest of the build

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 04-25-2010 06:22 AM

Looks square to me! I don’t have children but I’m sure it will be a great feeling to tell him or her that Daddy built their first dresser. If its a girl, she’ll appreciate that right away. If its a boy, you’ll have to wait until he’s at least 30, but its all good!

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#3 posted 04-25-2010 03:19 PM

Very nice! Do you have a pic of the finished drawing?

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#4 posted 04-27-2010 05:30 AM


Here’s a brief sketchup diagram i made. The diagram is missing the base and all the hardware, but it should give you a general idea of the finished project.

Sketchup of the Dresser

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#5 posted 04-27-2010 05:36 AM

Nice work Chip.

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