Oct
01
2014
Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers

I love a good chest of drawers, and when that dresser has stylish drawers... well that is simply my fave! I hope enjoy these Free DIY Furniture Plans and Instructions on How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers! If you need a little storage in your life, this is definitely a good one! Xx... Rayan

The Deets
Finished Chest for Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$75-$125
Dimensions
Dimensions for Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Tools
Lumber
  • 1 – 2x4 at 8’
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at – 4’x8’
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at – 4’x8’
Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 14-1/2”x33” – Chest Sides
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 14-1/2”x26” – Chest Top and Bottom
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 26”x31-1/2” – Chest Back
  • 4 – 2x4 at 5” – Legs
  • 10 – 3/4” plywood at 1”x12” – Drawer Guides
  • 6 – 1/2” plywood at 11-1/2”x24-1/2” – Drawer Bottoms
  • 12 – 1/2” plywood at 4”x11-1/2” – Drawer Sides
  • 6 – 1/2” plywood at 3-1/2”x24-1/2” – Drawer Backs
  • 6 – 1/2” plywood at 5”x25-1/2” – Plain Drawer Fronts
  • 6 – 1/2” plywood at 5”x25-1/2” – Bowtie Drawer Fronts
Instructions

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Cut the pieces for the Sides, Top, and Bottom. Apply edge banding to front edges of all pieces, if desired. Set the Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in the ends of the Top and Bottom pieces. Make sure the pocket holes will face the inside of the Chest. Assemble pieces as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Chest Frame for Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Step 2

Cut the piece for the Back. Drill pocket screws in each edge of the Back. Attach the back as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Make sure that the pocket holes face the inside of the Chest.

Back for Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Step 3

Cut out the Legs as shown.

Leg for Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Step 4

Attach Legs to the bottom of the Chest as shown with glue and 1-1/2” wood screws. The Legs should be placed 2” from the edges of the Chest and at a 45-degree angle. Insert the wood screws down through the Chest Bottom into the Legs so that the screws are hidden. Also, make sure that the screws are countersunk so that they do not interfere with the Drawer.

Attach Legs for Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the Drawer Guides. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” wood screws. Insert the wood screws from the inside of the Chest, through the Drawer Guides, into the Chest Sides so that the screws are hidden. The Guides will be 1-1/2” set back from the front of the Chest, and have approximately a 1/4” gap in the back.

Drawer Guides for Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Step 6

Cut the pieces for the Drawer Sides, Bottoms, Backs, and Plain Fronts for all Drawers. Set the Kreg jig for 1/2” material and drill pocket holes in the ends of the underside of the Bottoms and on the outside front ends of the Sides. Attach as shown with glue and 1” pocket screws.

Drill pocket holes in the sides and bottoms of the Drawer Backs. Attach as shown with glue and 1” pocket hole screws.

 

Drawer Bottom and Sides for Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Drawer Back for Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Step 7

For Drawers 1 through 5, attach the Plain Fronts as shown with glue and 1” pocket screws. The top of the Plain Fronts for Drawers 1 through 5 will extend 3/4” above the Sides.  The bottoms of the Plain Fronts will extend 1/4” below the Sides.

Drawer Plain Front for Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Step 8

Next, cut out the Bowtie Fronts for Drawers 1 through 6 as shown. Attach to the Plain Fronts of Drawers 1 through 5 with glue and 3/4” brad nails. The Bowtie Fronts will line up exactly with the Plain Fronts.

Drawer Bowtie for Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Attach Drawer Bowtie for Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Step 9

For Drawer 6, attach the Plain Front as shown with glue and 1” pocket hole screws. The bottom of the Plain Front will be even with the Sides, and the top of the Plain Front will extend 1” above the Sides.

Attach the Bowtie Front as shown with glue and 3/4” brad nails.

Tip: Paint the fronts and tops of the Plain Drawer Fronts in black or another accent color to add a really cool effect to this piece.

After sanding, staining, and sealing, you may want to apply a coat of paste wax to the bottoms of the Drawers and tops of the Drawer Guides to help them slide smoothly. Add drawer hardware such as a pull or knob if desired.

Drawer 6 Plain Front for Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Drawer 6 Front for Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Step 10

Insert Drawers 1 through 6 into Chest and fill them up with all of your goodies!

Insert Drawers for Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School.

If painting, I like to sand the entire piece with 100 grit, then 220 grit, prime with any latex primer, sand again with 220 grit, and paint. Sanding the primer gives an extra-smooth finish! Finish with water-based polyurethane for added durability.

If staining, sand the entire piece with 60 grit, then 100 grit, and then 220 grit. Stain as desired. For the finish, use wipe-on poly or brush-on poly.

Disclaimer

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Sep
30
2014
The Design Confidential in Partnership with Great.ly and Styling // Gorgeous Great.ly Gathered Goods with Vintage Fiber Art  Lamps Table Art Plants

I had the distinct pleasure of working with and styling for some of the amazing Makers from my Great.ly Boutique and the even more distinct pleasure of getting to see, touch, and feel a few of their pieces in real life. I am completely over the moon for these pretties and utterly blown away by the stellar quality of each and every one of them. As a gal who considers herself something of a Maker as well, I am always so excited to see the handmade genius of others come to life. Quite honestly the sheer amount of talent that is currently represented in my Living Room is off the charts at this point. I feel pretty lucky to have the privilege of gazing at these beauties, up close and personal, for the time being... It is quite the treat.

Cloud Planter // Emanate Jilly Cup in Blue // This is My Beetles Poster Print // Handwoven Petel Pillow Black + White // Block Cushion Cover Black

The Design Confidential in Partnership with Great.ly and Styling // Gorgeous Great.ly Gathered Goods with Vintage Fiber Art Hanging Ceramic Crochet Planter Ceramic Cup Candle and Plants
The Design Confidential in Partnership with Great.ly and Styling // Gorgeous Great.ly Gathered Goods
The Design Confidential in Partnership with Great.ly and Styling // Gorgeous Great.ly Gathered Goods

Cloud Planter // Emanate Jilly Cup in Blue // This is My Beetles Poster Print // Handwoven Petel Pillow Black + White // Block Cushion Cover Black

The ceramic and crochet Cloud Planter is just amazing, and adds such fabulous interest to this spot. The Emanate Jilly Cup in Blue has a couple of hidden design gems that make this multi-functional cup a total knock-out. As a huge fan of the Beetles, but not such a fan of the traditional band poster, this print is perfect. The Handwoven Petel Pillow has a gorgeous understated pop of neon that you absolutely must see and admire up close, it is to die for, and the bold graphic Block Cushion is just a show stopper... You might have seen these pillows put to good use in my Indoor / Outdoor House Bed Playhouse and Lounge, they have become my new favorite duo. A bit like a pair of styling and decor super heroes... and I kinda love them!

Ceramic and Crochet Hanging Planter and Vintage Portrait for The Design Confidential in Partnership with Great.ly and Styling // Gorgeous Great.ly Gathered Goods
Pencils in Ceramic Decorative Cup for The Design Confidential in Partnership with Great.ly and Styling // Gorgeous Great.ly Gathered Goods
Beatles Print Pillows and Brass for The Design Confidential in Partnership with Great.ly and Styling // Gorgeous Great.ly Gathered Goods
Ceramic and Crochet Hanging Planter for The Design Confidential in Partnership with Great.ly and Styling // Gorgeous Great.ly Gathered Goods

I absolutely love that each and every one of these items is handmade and that the purchase of them supports small businesses and Makers around the world - quite literally. I think this is such an important thing in this day and age of mass production. I hope you will take a gander at what these amazing folks are capable of and how their creative genius manifests. It is just lovely.

Sources

Cloud Planter Made by Margie Rahmann of My Very Own Eye Goggles // Emanate Jilly Cup in Blue Made by Jill Rosenwald of Jill Rosenwald Studio // This is My Beetles Poster Print Made by Traci Yau of 45Wall Design // Handwoven Petel Pillow Black + White Made by Ibrahima Wagne of Petel Design // Block Cushion Cover Black Made by Ellie Bradley of Xavier & Me

Sep
28
2014
Neutral and Organic group of A Few of My Favorite Things from The Design Confidential Curator Collection on Joss and Main

We are well into the week long event for my Joss & Main collaboration and there are still some amazing pieces listed in the lovely sale they curated around my design aesthetic. The sale only runs through Tuesday so if you would like to check it out, you can sign up right here and view all of the great things up for grabs at screaming good prices! There are several sofas priced so low that it is blowing my mind, and it has me thinking I might focus on a replacing my sofa, sooner rather than later... especially since a certain someone had a little party with a permanent marker, to the tune of total destruction, a few weeks back. So there is that to be dealt with, eek.

I have rounded up a few of my favorite things from the sale and curated a couple of mood boards for you fine friends, with two totally different looks about them. 

1 // 2 Piece Miki Indoor / Outdoor Lounge Chair + Ottoman Set 2 // Westport Sheepskin Rug 3 // Degaulle Table Lamp 4 // Lumeno Console Table 5 // Brayden Pouf 6 // Sidra Rug in Ivory 7 // Morrison Leather Arm Chair 8 // Gail End Table 9 // Morrison Leather Sofa

Mixed and Modern Mood Board from A Few of My Favorite Things from The Design Confidential Curator Collection on Joss and Main

1 // Minna Arm Chair 2 // Ramona Table Lamp 3 // Blue Waterfall Canvas Painting 4 // Sutton Console Table 5 // Sabra Pouf 6 // Clifton Cowhide Rug 7 // Lennon Coffee Table 8 // Fischer Sofa 9 // Togo Pillow 10 // Wallingford Teak Stool

I hope you take a minute and sign up if you aren't already a member and take a gander at the sale along with the fabulous write up about me and this site. It is pretty special! 

 

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