Built In Dresser with Flanking Closets

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Project by drunkensaint posted 09-15-2007 07:48 PM 6052 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun project.
Origionaly it was and open alcove with a TV and a few shelves. Plywood and white enamel, realy classy. This is an old barn turned house so we were going through and removing all the anachronistic trim, flooring, etc. This is the master suite and i was tasked with removing the old closet doors and removing the alcove and replacing all of it. The built in is plywood carcass with pine face frame, doors, and drawer fronts. Trim package was beaded (by me) 1×4 with an applied ogee and cap trims. Only real challenge was my boss thought i could build the carcass in one piece and get it upstairs, ha! So I did what he wanted and ended up having to cut the darn thing in half and making two separate carcass. BUt with the beauty of face frame construction all was well hidden. I used a new method for the trim where i preassembled the 1×4 using a kreg pocket screw jig. I scoffed at it at first but i’ll tell you what that $100 jig turned out to be a jem. Those joints will not separate with screws and glue and the beauty is that you can glue it screw it and apply it, no waiting.

-- Just for the Halibut

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#1 posted 09-15-2007 08:46 PM

Looks really great. I own a Cape Cod style house and “built in” construction like this really pays off and saves on the floor space. How deep were you able to go with the dresser drawers and closets?

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 09-15-2007 09:58 PM

Very good workmanship. The proportions look nice.


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#3 posted 09-15-2007 11:36 PM

Amazingly enough the drawers are almost two feet deep. And the drawer slides allowed for the drawers to be pulled out all the way for easy access to the rear. I would have made the drawers deeper but i couldn’t find a slide long enough. Closets were about 3 feet deep

-- Just for the Halibut

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#4 posted 09-16-2007 03:34 AM

A buddy of mine has a pair of 6’ long slides that he wants to give to me. I just can’t think (yet) of where I want to use them!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Thos. Angle

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#5 posted 09-16-2007 02:21 PM

Great work! Those pocket hole jigs sure save a lot of work and worry. Use mine all the time. Accuride makes long slides. Pricey but good.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 09-16-2007 03:14 PM

Wonderful work. Thanks for sharing.

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

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