His and Hers Built-in Dressers

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Project by JoshLawson posted 11-27-2014 01:59 AM 3172 views 15 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally completed two built in dressers for my wife and I’s master closet. When we moved houses a while back I had to leave my previous built in dressers behind, arguably they were my first successful foray into woodworking. Now with a little more experience, and a lot more tools, I got to take a stab at a new set of built in dressers. I started the project almost 5 months prior to completing it, but work had me over in Europe for a few weeks which really puts a damper on progress….

I built the two dressers out of straight sawn maple veneered plywood and lots of solid curly maple 4/4 stock. I ended up with 29 drawers and 4 doors in all. The drawers were all constructed out of 3/4 in plywood edged in solid maple. I always like to build drawers strong enough so my kids can stand in them (which they do from time to time). I used screws and glue to pull everything together and filled all the holes with solid walnut dowel stock. I’ve used a number of joinery methods to connect plywood, but this works really well and I really like the way the contrasting woods look.

My wife has always had a lot of necklaces, so rather than make them all lay flat and inevitably get tangled up, I added two vertical drawers that can hang necklaces on both sides.

Dimensions are 6’ L x 42” W x 18” D.

Thanks for looking.

-- Josh Lawson - Ankeny, Iowa

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#1 posted 11-27-2014 02:19 AM

Excellent design and craftsmanship. Enjoy it!


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#2 posted 11-27-2014 02:35 AM

Beautiful,nice design and good build.

-- wood crafting & classes

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#3 posted 11-27-2014 02:55 AM

Looks really nice. What is that pinkish artifact in picture #3? Is that your hands? It looks like some sort of hanging.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#4 posted 11-27-2014 03:52 AM

These are a work of art! Love the design and the overall flow if these just work!Good for you. Happy wife is a happy life LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 11-27-2014 06:23 AM

Looks great, and it seems you got to install quite a few drawer slides!

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#6 posted 11-27-2014 11:11 AM

Its too bad she will get it in the divorce

-- Rich

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#7 posted 11-27-2014 12:59 PM

Very nice. You must have great patience to get all those inset drawer fronts sized so nicely.

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#8 posted 11-27-2014 01:07 PM

Nifty idea of adding vertical drawers to her unit. The “fit and finish” are very well done. Thanks for sharing.

-- DonB

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#9 posted 11-27-2014 01:40 PM

fantastic builds. My Daughters would really like those necklace hanging drawers.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 11-27-2014 03:34 PM

At first glance I thought it was one dresser that you both shared.
My comment was going to be that “You’ll get the top 3 center drawers and she gets the rest”

And the necklace sliders are not the only “give-away” as to which dresser is hers. Lookit all the shoes piled by hers versus the few under yours! LOL

Nice job!

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#11 posted 11-27-2014 04:04 PM

Beautiful fit and finish. Very nice work indeed!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#12 posted 11-28-2014 01:50 AM

Wow! Amazing work. All of the detail you put into it is stunning

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#13 posted 11-28-2014 04:26 AM

Very nice indeed Josh! Well done! Thanks for Posting.


-- Why Is There So Much Month Left At The End O f The Money? (Rick, Ontario, Canada)

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#14 posted 11-29-2014 01:00 AM

Great looking set of dressers! I guess you’re gunna need to buy more shoes….......!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#15 posted 11-29-2014 01:13 AM

Very impressive. Definitely the work of a highly skilled craftsman.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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