Chest of Drawers/Tall Dresser

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Project by DexterDearborn posted 06-04-2013 03:43 PM 2226 views 11 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a complete test project. I never built a dresser before, let alone designed one on my own. I found a dresser I liked in the store and started building around that. I knew the rough overall size and started from the drawers out. I wanted to make one out of oak or walnut and stain it but did not want to waste a ton of money trying to learn at the same time.

I used this project to test out joining drawers with pocket screws instead of traditional methods. I also used Box store materials ie 23/32 plywood, 3/4” pine, 1/4 plywood and 2 by’s cut/trimmed for all my materials. Bought 100 lb drawer slides on ebay – 10 pair for 40 bucks.

I also used up a lot of the extra stuff I had laying around my small shop – mix and match. I also used a new frame and panel bit for the first time.

I simply primed and painted this one for my 1 year old daughter – she has too many clothes and now they have a home.

Now that I learned on this one, I can move on to construct another one.

Happy with the way this turned out, learned a lot!

-- Dearborn,

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#1 posted 06-04-2013 07:03 PM

Great Job

-- Malcolm, Mobile Alabama

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#2 posted 06-04-2013 07:06 PM

Nice job. You don’t happen to have a Sketchup of the design, do you?

-- Don

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#3 posted 06-04-2013 10:05 PM

Turned out great in my opinion. Do you have a link to the seller for the drawer glides?

-- Matt, Arizona,

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#4 posted 06-04-2013 10:14 PM

Great job!
Kudos on using slides.
I have a dresser I got from my in-law that I hate. It hates me back.
No slides and no matter how much wax I apply it laughs at me and continues to bind.

I’m building a new dresser with slides.
+1 on sharing the link or item # for the runners on ebay, please.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#5 posted 06-05-2013 12:36 AM

The drawer slides were “GlideRite 14-inch Full Extension Ball Bearing Drawer Slides” on Ebay – seller was “overstock”. They were 40.99 + 2.95 s/h. Can’t find same deal right now but I had looked for a long time. Sure it will come up again.

-- Dearborn,

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#6 posted 06-05-2013 12:38 AM

SebringDon – sorry, no. This was a lot of pencil on scrap paper and fitting as I went along. I have my sketches and chicken scratches but no one but me could read them. If I fix them up for my next build I’ll pdf them for you.

-- Dearborn,

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#7 posted 06-05-2013 07:57 AM

Thanks for the slides info.
I see a bunch of gliderites and others. I’m sure we’ll find what we need.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#8 posted 06-05-2013 08:07 AM

Great job, Very clean line on this and the finish looks perfect. Look fwd to seeing more.

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

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#9 posted 06-21-2013 11:43 AM

Beautiful work.One of the things that a chest of drawers can do for your home is to bring new life to the overall design of a room.It must be appropriate to the design of your place and has the right color as well as made from the right materials.

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#10 posted 06-21-2013 12:03 PM

That is a very nice piece, congrats and well done. It’d look great in my house, without a doubt, and would cost more than a C-note in the stores!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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