new to woodworking, wanting easy dresser plans

  • Advertise with us

« back to Designing Woodworking Projects forum

Forum topic by woodrooster posted 10-20-2009 05:38 AM 10772 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View woodrooster's profile


9 posts in 2563 days

10-20-2009 05:38 AM

Okay, confession time I a homeowner who has developed an interest in woodworking through my handyman activities. I’ve collected some tools, i’ve got a table saw, circular saw, drills, plate joiner, bosch router set without any bits, a plane, randam orbit sander and a 12’’ dual compound saw, and a stacked dado.

I’m wanting to build two dressers for my kids there 8 and 11. It must be easy as it will be my first furniture project. I’ve never done any fancy joinery nor do I have a teacher. Something out of plywood would be great.I dont care if its paint grade i’m replacing crappy walmart partical board junk.

any ideas, they have small rooms so the tall narrow dressers would be appropriate.

4 replies so far

View patron's profile


13524 posts in 2763 days

#1 posted 10-20-2009 05:43 AM

do a search for dresser plans ,
in the window ,
upper right .
good luck !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

View a1Jim's profile


115177 posts in 2999 days

#2 posted 10-20-2009 06:00 AM

I second what David said.

-- Custom furniture

View Mark Shymanski's profile

Mark Shymanski

5300 posts in 3135 days

#3 posted 11-15-2009 03:51 PM

Be patient with yourself and remember anything you build will be better than the Walmart stuff.

Basically dressers are just a bunch of boxes (the drawers) inside a bigger box (the case). Find yourself some plans, buy some plywood (and you may want a dadoe blade set) and glue and have some fun. Take time to set up your measurements carefully but pay attention to your actual wood as plans have mistakes or you may measure a bit differently than the plans so your project will differ from the plans. That is okay as long is everything still is square and the small boxes fit inside the big box. I am just finishing my first ‘big’ project, bathroom vanities and have learned a lot…patience being the biggest lesson!

Make some sawdust and have fun!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

View akstudio's profile


26 posts in 2628 days

#4 posted 11-18-2009 12:03 AM

Starting with a fairly ambitious first project. It will teach you and test you, for sure. Good job. You can certainly search in the upper corner, and also search for plans and ideas.

A little advice; start collecting some hand tools to go along with your power tool collection. You’ll gain greater freedom of skill and design with a smaller amount of tools.

-- Inspiring Your Passionate Pursuit of the Craft

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics