Chests of Drawers for Under Daughter's Loft

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Project by RussInMichigan posted 10-03-2011 08:23 PM 1683 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These three chests of drawers were made to fit under my daughter’s loft bed. In the design I wanted to optimize storage, so there are no dividers and the drawers run out to just shy of the cabinet sides. Altogether there are 25 drawers, varying in height, but all having the same lengths and widths, roughly 22 1/2” square. The shallowest of them is 1 3/4” deep, especially for makeup, jewelry, brushes and other small accessories, and the deepest of them is 8”. They will provide lots of storage without using any additional floor space.

The drawer boxes were made from 3/4” plywood and the bottoms were from half inch plywood. They were assembled using glue and crown staples. The cabinet exteriors and outsides of the drawer fronts were primed and painted, while all interior surfaces were shellacked, sanded and waxed with finishing wax. The drawer runners are hard maple and the drawers ride directly on them. For all but the top drawers the drawer front overlaps the drawer runner for the drawer above. The drawer bottoms were sanded and shellacked three times then waxed. I left a 1/16” clearance in each direction and they all move nearly effortlessly.

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#1 posted 10-03-2011 08:25 PM

very nice!

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#2 posted 10-03-2011 10:59 PM

Great! What paint did you use?

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#3 posted 10-03-2011 11:05 PM

That’s a BIG project! Nicely done.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 10-04-2011 12:22 AM

I used Martha Stewart high-gloss interior enamel. I don’t have the facilities to spray it, so I brushed it on, two coats on the sides and drawer fronts and three coats on the tops.

Thanks for checking it out.

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#5 posted 10-04-2011 10:26 AM

Well Executed! I like the design. Thank you for sharing.

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