Why buy it when you can make it! #12: Dresser Rehab [Part 3] - We have drawers!

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Blog entry by paxorion posted 09-15-2014 03:20 AM 1873 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I set out to rehab this dresser, my wife and I agreed to use do it once and do it right. On her wish list for this project, was to make sure the drawers worked well. To meet that goal, I opted to tear out the old drawers, saving the fronts to be attached to new drawer boxes with full extension glides.

Retro-fitting full extension glides was a lot more work than I expected. I had…
  1. Glue/nail in a few pieces of plywood to account for the 1.25 offset from the frace frame”
  2. Install the full extension Accuride drawer glides I picked up during the August Woodcraft sale
  3. Make a whole bunch of drawer stock from a sheet of 1/2” birch plywood from HD.
  4. Cut the drawer stock to size. The Incra 1000HD was a major life saver for this step
  5. Build and install the drawers (I opted to prefinish with 2 coats of Zinsser Sealcoat shellac

My daughter is ecstatic, and has been filling up the drawers with any she can find, including the new dress my wife made her. My son (8 months old) was also eager to help out, and took a more direct approach to test out how sturdy the drawers really are. The test only took a few seconds.

And so ends any woodworking for this project. The last step is to spray on the topcoat paint. My wife claims that she’s picked the color, but I’m not convinced since I don’t see paint waiting to be sprayed on.

-- paxorion

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