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Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Land of Nod Blake Dresser

06.08.12
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One part dresser, plus one part cubby, equals a whole lotta awesome! This project pairs perfectly with the bed we covered yesterday and with a few other pieces still to come!

Estimated Cost

$100-$150

Dimensions
Dimensions for This Project
Tools
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • Hammer or Brad nailer
Lumber
  • 2 – 2×2 at 6’
  • 2 – 1×2 at 8’
  • 1 sheet of ¼” lauan, plywood, or hardboard
  • 2 sheets of ¾” plywood
  • Half sheet of ¾” plywood
Materials
  • 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/2” pocket hole screws
  • Small nails or 1-1/4” brads
  • 4 sets of 16” drawer slides
  • 4 – drawer knobs or handles
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 4 – 2×2 at 31” – Legs
  • 4 – 1×2 at 15” – Side Panels
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 15” x 24” – Side Panels
  • 2 – 1×2 at 53” – Bottom Sides
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 16-1/2” x 54-1/2” – Bottom
  • 1 – 2×2 at 4-3/4” – Support Leg
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 18” x 25-1/2” – Dividers
  • 4 – ¾” plywood at 12-3/4” x 15” – Shelves
  • 2 – 1×2 at 12” – Front Stretchers
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 18” x 27-1/2” – Drawer Shelves
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 6” x 18” – Drawer Divider
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 18-3/4” x 57-1/2” – Top
  • 1 – ¼” plywood at 27-3/4” x 56” – Back
  • 4 – ¾” plywood at 5” x 14-1/2” – Small Drawer Box Sides
  • 4 – ¾” plywood at 5” x 12-3/8” – Small Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 2 – ¼” plywood at 12-3/8” x 14-1/2” – Small Drawer Bottoms
  • 4 – ¾” plywood at 7-1/2” x 14-1/2” – Large Drawer Box Sides
  • 4 – ¾” plywood at 7-1/2” x 26-1/2” – Large Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 2 – ¼” plywood at 14-1/2” x 26-1/2” – Large Drawer Bottoms
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 5-3/4” x 13-1/8” – Small Drawer Fronts
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 8-3/4” x 27-1/4” – Large 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
Step 1

Cut the pieces for the legs. Cut the bevel in the legs as shown with a jigsaw or circular saw.

Step 2
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the side panels frame pieces. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the pieces. Attach to the legs as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. The face of the frame pieces should be flush with the outside face of the legs.

Cut the pieces for the side panels. Drill pocket holes as shown and attach to the leg frames with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. The panels should be flush with the outside face of the frame.

Step 3
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the bottom. Cut ¾” x ¾” notches in the corners of the bottom piece. Drill pocket holes as shown.

Cut the pieces for the bottom sides. Attach to the bottom piece with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. The top face of the bottom piece should be flush with the top of the side pieces. Attach to the side panels with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Cut the piece for the bottom support. Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in one end only. Attach to the center of the bottom with glue and 1-1/2” pocket hole screws.

Step 4
Step 4
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the dividers. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in one end to attach to the bottom.

Cut the pieces for the shelves. Drill pocket holes in each of the 18” ends. Attach to the dividers as shown using glue and 1-1/4” screws.

Attach the dividers to the bottom and the shelves to the side panels using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 5
Step 5
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the drawer shelves. Drill pocket holes in each end and attach to the dividers at the spacing indicated using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Cut the piece for the drawer divider. Drill pocket holes in one end and attach to the upper drawer shelf as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 6

Cut the piece for the top. The top will overlap the sides and front by ¾”. Attach to the dresser using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails through the legs, side frames, front supports, and drawer divider.

Step 7
Step 7

Cut the piece for the back. Attach with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

Step 8
Step 8

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. Assemble as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Attach the bottoms with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails, then attach the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 9
Step 9

For all drawer fronts, pre-drill the holes for the handles. There will be an 1/8” gap around all sides of the drawer front. Place the drawer front in the opening and shim in place. Drive screws through the holes for the handles to temporarily hold the front in place. Open the drawer and attach the front to the drawer box from the inside with 1-1/4” screws. Finish drilling out the holes for the handles.

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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