Changing Table/Dresser #2: More Detailed SketchUp Drawings

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Blog entry by chambbj posted 08-27-2007 04:25 AM 12698 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve updated my SketchUp drawings; still no dust panels, shelves, or door. Clicking on any photo should take you to it’s Flickr page, with higher resolutions if it’s too hard to see some of the detail here.

Here’s an exploded view of the current plan, to reveal some of the internal blocking and joinery plans. The current thought is to use mostly 4/4 Lyptus, except on the back and drawer bottoms, where I’ll use plywood.

Exploded View of Dresser Plan

Dimensioned drawing of the divider between drawers and shelves with dadoes for the blocking joinery and cutout for the top cleat.

Divider Panel

Dimensioned drawing of the left side of the case with dadoes for the drawer blocking and rabbet for the top blocking and back panel.

Dresser Side Left

Dimensioned drawing of the right side of the case.

Dresser Side Right

Dimensioned drawing of the back. Drawn at 3/4” thickness, but that now seems a little overkill.

Dresser Back

Dimensioned drawing of the top.

Dresser Top

Rabbet at back of drawer and dado for drawer bottom.

Drawer Back Rabbet

Half-blind dovetail at front of drawer and dado for bottom panel. (My wife thinks I should rethink the dovetails for this first project.)

Drawer Front Dovetail

Exploded view of drawer.

Exploded View of Drawer

Exploded view of drawer blocking. Top and bottom blocking are similar in form, but not shown here.


Mortis & tenon joints on blocking, both for drawers and the top and bottom blocking. I haven’t shown the tenon depth here. I think it’s drawn to 3/4”, but I should probably go to at least an inch.

Blocking Mortis & Tenon #1

Blocking Mortis & Tenon #2

-- Brad, Northern Virginia

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#1 posted 08-27-2007 04:34 AM

Great work with the tool. I’m going to have to invest some time and learn how to use it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 08-27-2007 05:12 AM

I need to learn Sketchup as well. Really good drawings. I’d change the back to 1/2 or even 1/4. If this is your first project, you are one ambitious individual. If I were you I would build one of these from the cheapest solid wood available. Say Poplar. Get something staright, flat and easy to work. Then paint it. Once you have some experience go to the expensive stuff. The dovetails are fine if you have a dovetail jig. If you don’t have one borrow or talk someone into helping you. Just like Homedepot says, ” You can do it we can help.” and we will.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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