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Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Campaign Three-Drawer Dresser

08.07.13
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Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Campaign Three-Drawer Dresser, by special reader request, and a fabulous one at that! yahoo! The leg assemblies can be spray painted in a metallic color and the decorative L shaped flat plates can be made to match by spraying them as well, even though they will be metallic already. This is a fun and fabulous, yet very simply build so I can’t wait to see all of the variations of color you folks choose! Xx… Rayan

Ps… did you guys see the amazing Reader Showcase posts we had yesterday? Just phenomenal… to see those, click here and here or simply visit our Showcase Gallery to browse them all!

Estimated Cost

$50-$75

Dimensions
Dimensions for This Project
Tools
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Countersink Bit for Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
Lumber
  • 1 – 2×2 at 3’
  • 2 – 1×2 at 8’
  • 3 – 1×6 at 6’
  • 1 – 1×6 at 8’
  • 1 sheet of ¾” plywood
Materials
  • 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4” screws
  • Edge banding, if desired
  • 3 drawer pulls
  • 3 sets of 16” drawer slides
  • 4 – 3” x 3” Flat Angle Plates
  • 4 – 3” x 3” Flat T Plates
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 4 – 2×2 at 6-1/4” – Legs
  • 8 – 1×2 at 5-1/2” – Leg Braces
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 18” x 36” – Top & Bottom
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 18” x 18-3/4”- Sides
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 18-3/4” x 34-1/2”- Back
  • 2 – 1×2 at 34-1/2” – Stretchers
  • 3 – ¾” plywood at 14-1/2” x 32” – Drawer Bottoms
  • 6 – 1×6 at 14-1/2” – Drawer Sides
  • 6 – 1×6 at 33-1/2” – Drawer Front & Back
  • 3 – ¾” plywood at 5-1/2” x 34-1/4” – 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
Step 1

Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood before assembly.

Cut the pieces for the legs and the leg braces. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in one end of each of the leg braces. Attach to the leg using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Cut the piece for the bottom. Attach the legs to each corner using glue and countersunk 1-1/4” screws.

Step 2
Step 2

 Cut the pieces for the sides and drill pocket holes in each end. Attach to the bottom using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 3
Step 3

 Cut the piece for the back and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure to the sides and back using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 4
Step 4

 Cut the piece for the top. Secure with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws through the sides and back.

Step 5
Step 5

 Cut the pieces for the stretchers and drill pocket holes at each end. Position as shown then secure using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 6
Step 6

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. Drill pocket holes in each end of the sides as well as all four edges of the bottoms. Assemble the drawers as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions. For an easy tutorial, click here. Make any necessary adjustments.

Step 7
Step 7

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. Mark the position for the drawer pulls and drill the holes. Install the drawer box, then shim the drawer front in place. For an easy tutorial on how to install drawer fronts, click here. Finish drilling the holes for the drawer pulls, then install.

Step 8

Paint the angle and bracket hardware as desired, then install.

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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