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01-19-2017 07:36 PM

Hello Everyone,
It has been a LONG time, but I am looking to get back into some woodworking. I’ve been thinking about building some bedroom furniture and found a few projects in old “Wood” magazines that I might like to build. My challenge is with the dressers. We really need more storage in our house.

With my current furniture, I’m having trouble fitting my clothes in to drawers, so I’d like the dressers to be larger than the plans call for (which is about the size of the furniture I have now). Can anyone give any advice on trying to increase the size of furniture without screwing up the appearance? Part of me says I can just maintain the ratio of the plans, but lalrger dimension, but this can get tricky since you can’t do that with all the measurements. For example, you can’t just make the planks 20% thicker. Also, just going larger could make things look oversized, which isn’t the goal either.

I’m just wondering if anyone has tried doing this themselves and what they learned from the process. Just as an FYI, I have no desire to learn sketchup to try and render different options. I hope that isn’t the best approach.

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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#1 posted 01-19-2017 07:49 PM

Well, with a name like yours, how could I not reply?! ;-P

If it were me and I liked the proportions of the design but wanted to scale it up, I would first determine one dimension that I knew I wanted and scale everything else to that. I’d start by determining the ratios of height to width and width to depth. Then I’d set my target dimension and adjust the other 2 keeping the same proportional ratios. Then scale everything else up keeping the same ratio it has in the original design. Of course this won’t work for everything so you’ll have to make a few decisions along the way. But I think starting with the overall envelope and establishing the new dimensions there then working down to all the smaller details is the easiest approach to take.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 01-19-2017 07:53 PM

The whole deal sounds Hokie to me….
A picture of what your doing, and what you want, would help also.

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#3 posted 01-19-2017 08:04 PM

I agree with Ken, as long as the ratio is maintained you won’t have any issue with it not looking right. Sometimes it easiest to print out the plans or make a photo copy of the plans and write all the revised dimensions, that way during construction you don’t make a mistake and use the original dimension as opposed to the new one you wanted.

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#4 posted 01-19-2017 08:24 PM

I’ll play devil’s advocate. Enlarging the overall scale may make the pieces look large for your room, if that matters. When going off-plan I’ve found it’s helpful to redraw the whole shebang because even minor changes sometimes ripple.

-- Rick M,

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#5 posted 01-19-2017 09:08 PM

With most bedroom furniture you don’t want to increase the depth or height of the dresser or chest of drawers. So just add about 4 inches to the horizontal pieces such as drawer boxes and fronts and the case sections for each drawer. You could just build one dresser and 2 chests also to have more storage space.

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#6 posted 01-22-2017 04:12 PM

Since I’m not a sketchup guy if in doubt I’ll tape together some butcher paper and make a full scale drawing,of a piece to see what I think of the design and scale ,in your case you could even hang it in the room to give you a sence of how you will feel about it.

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#7 posted 01-23-2017 03:07 AM

A cardboard mockup in 3D is pretty simple. Make the basic case dimensions and draw the drawers, doors, legs, etc with heavy marker. You should get a pretty solid impression of finished appearance.


-- Dan Krager, Olney IL The witchcraft of woodworking.

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#8 posted 01-23-2017 06:44 PM

Hi bro you can try this plans it’s not free but it’s great and easy to understand it
it’s from ted

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#9 posted 01-23-2017 10:36 PM

CAUTION: I’ve read that ted is a fraudulent scam effort. I would either check reviews very carefully or find another source. I see now that this is a spam post.


-- Dan Krager, Olney IL The witchcraft of woodworking.

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