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Free DIY furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers

10.07.14
You Can Build This! Free DIY furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers

I love a good chest of drawers, and when those drawers are stylish… well that is simply my fave! We have so many DIY Dresser Plans for you to choose from and of course you can browse our entire Plan Index for coordinating pieces!

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You Can Build This! Free DIY furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Estimated Cost
$100-$150
Dimensions
You Can Build This! Free DIY furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Lumber
  • 1 – 2×4 at 8’
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at – 4’x8’
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at – 4’x8’
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 – 2×4 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.

You Can Build This! Free DIY furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
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.

You Can Build This! 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.

You Can Build This! Free DIY furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Step 3

Cut out the Legs as shown.

You Can Build This! 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.

You Can Build This! 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.

You Can Build This! Free DIY furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers

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.

You Can Build This! Free DIY furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Step 7

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

You Can Build This! Free DIY furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Step 8

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.

You Can Build This! Free DIY furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Step 9

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.

You Can Build This! Free DIY furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Step 10

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.

You Can Build This! Free DIY furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Step 11

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

Finishing Instructions

Tip: Paint the fronts and tops of the Plain Drawer Fronts in a darker 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.

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.

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