Over Christmas I took a 12 hour (round trip) down to see my mother and her family. I had a good time. Doug Wood is an uncle on that side of the family that is a wood worker with more experience than I. So I had some time to chat about Zachary’s project.
The questions I had were… Do I need a dust cover between shelves? He said they were a waste of time. Also, I asked about if I needed any more than the back plate for strength. He said that if the back plate is solid, that was all the strength I need.
He brought up two important things I over looked. He said that I need to build the project to suit the purpose and the life experience of the furniture was likely to see. In my case, I was thinking that it may be a dorm room piece. Since I am expecting that the furniture will be close to a fine wood working piece, I am going to have to keep the piece at my house during the rough years.
Second, he thought that the hanging portion of the dresser my be too short at 36”. Even if that is the case, I still want the side door so for books or sweaters/jeans. But I might avoid the rod which would be non functional and stupid.