Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Hudson Tall Dresser Part 2 The Assembly

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We are back, and ready to start putting this beauty together!

Please click here to visit Part 1 of this dresser plan for constructing the components.

The assembly is really very simple and straight forward, each piece will fit nicely together like a piece of a puzzle!  Please refer to this post for instructions on creating and building the components for this piece.  Once you are finished head back here, and let’s put the pieces together!

The finishing possibilities for this are endless! I normally like the reclaimed look, or something with a natural or weathered coloring, but I am pretty smitten with the espresso finish below too!

Dimensions for This Project

See Part 1 for Tools


See Part 1 for Lumber


See Part 1 for materials

Cut List

See Part 1 for cut list


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
Step 1
Step 1

You have already constructed your Base, now you will need to begin by fastening the bottom Drawer Supports and Panels to each other and then the base. You can see in the diagram below, how the pieces will fit together. You can attach the Bottom Supports to the Base and then slide in the Panels, but you will need a very tight fit and it might be wise to simply set up the supports and panels, screw them together, and then transfer them to the Base and attach. If you are working alone (as I usually am) this will be tricky to do. I suggest you align the Supports on the Base and clamp them down according to the dimensions shown below and use your middle panel as a placeholder, to ensure you are leaving just the right amount of space between the supports, mark the base and remove the middle panel so that you can flip the base over to attach the supports.

Fasten the Supports and the Panels to the Base from underneath using 2″ Screws, fasten the Panels to the Supports using 2″ Screws from the outside of the Panels, near the bottom and Use 1 1/4″ Screws to fasten from the Edge of the Supports down into the Bottom Insert of the Panels (the 1×2’s you attached in the previous post).

Step 2
Step 2

Attach the Top to the Cleats. Use 1 1/4″ Screws.

Then insert remaining Drawer Supports. They should fit tightly into their designated spaces. If you have trouble getting one in it’s space, sand down the top and bottom edge of the outside edges a tiny bit until it fits. You want it to fit tightly, so if you struggle a bit to get it in, that is perfect. If it is a tad loose, that will probably be fine also, just be sure you properly secure it to the Panels and if necessary, you can use a 1 1/4″ Screw to tack it down at an angle to the insert it is resting on.

Secure the Back in place using 1″ Screws. You can fasten it to the Panels and the Supports if you like, just keep in mind that if you don’t countersink, those attachments will be visible. since it is the Back…you may not care.

Step 3
Step 3
Step 3

Attach your Face Frame: use 1 1/4″ Finish Nails to secure in place. It should hang over the side Panels a tad on the outside edges and will accommodate Trim in the next step. It will sit right on the Base, just as the Main body does and will be flush with the top of the Panels. Line the Stiles of the Frame up with the Legs. Secure to the Panels, and the drawer supports with finish nails, and the base from underneath with 2″ screws.

Once your Frame is in place attach the trim.

Step 4
Step 4

You should now be ready to slide your Drawers in! If you have trouble with your drawers gliding, sand the edges of your runner down. You can also use a bit of wax on them if you need a extra gliding/sliding power. I don’t recommend using anything you wouldn’t want to get on your clothing. I think you can ensure proper gliding by sanding well and rounding corners a bit.

Finishing Instructions

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

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