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Forum topic by Mike posted 08-23-2014 06:29 PM 830 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mike

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08-23-2014 06:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dresser design frame

Hi All;

I am in the planning phase of building a dresser. Since I haven’t built anything like this before, I was wondering what the frame should be made out of. Can I get away with 1×3 or should I use 2×4? Can the sides have a sub base of 1/4” ply since I will be using flooring as the outside look? I just don’t know what the best way to do this is.

Thanks!

Mike

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endgrainy

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#1 posted 08-24-2014 12:28 AM

I just finished my first dresser that I designed after reading through many plans to get the general idea. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/104649

I took a traditional route and dovetailed the case sides to the top and bottom. Somewhat untraditionally, my case was 3/4” Baltic birch ply all around.

If I understand you correctly, you are making frame and panel sides? Maybe a drawing would help explain? I find 1/4” ply to be a little thin for my taste in side construction, but you say you’ll be using flooring overlying the plywood?

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#2 posted 08-24-2014 03:00 AM

A drawing would definitely help.

Perhaps you could clarify what you mean when you say that you will be using the flooring as an “outside look”?

I do not see that you should need to use 2×4s for a dresser. Generally, 1×3 should be more than strong enough providing the overall design is okay.

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#3 posted 08-24-2014 03:49 PM

Since I have solid hardwood bamboo flooring left over from another project, I was thinking of using it as the sides and front of the dresser. I really don’t have a drawing to show since I am still thinking of what I want to do. I need a sub base since the flooring needs to be attached to something. I’ll be using flooring adhesive and pin nails to attach it. Here are photos of what the bed frame looks like during construction. Maybe you can get some idea as to what lines I was thinking along. I used 3/4” pine board as the sub for the flooring to attach to.

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#4 posted 08-24-2014 11:47 PM

bump

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#5 posted 08-25-2014 12:00 AM

If you’re going to glue that flooring on, then I would build it with 3/4 plywood.

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#6 posted 08-25-2014 12:07 AM

Do you think 1/2 will also work?

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#7 posted 08-26-2014 04:03 AM

As I read it, your initial idea was not to use ply only for your dresser side, you seemed to want to make frames that you cover. Well then …

If the bamboo flooring is long enough, you could possibly just make rectangular frames out of 3/4” timber and attach the flooring directly to that. You would not be able to have any end-to-end joints between flooring boards though.

Depending on the joints that you use in the corners of the frame and whether you have any concerns about the frame “racking” from a rectangle to a parallelogram, you could also add a 1/4 ply panel, the full size of the frame in the same way as it is used in house construction. As an added bonus, you could then have end-to-end joints in the flooring.

If you are considering using only ply instead of frames, I would stick to 3/4 ”, not 1/2”. The bamboo flooring will add a look and thickness, but not strength. I’d suggest 3/4” ply for the strength.

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