I’m pretty sure you NEED this dresser… because I need this dresser and 5 more just like it! Check out the really unique handle design on it – and it has TONS of storage to boot! This dresser is a win-win in the looks and function department! What are you waiting for, this long weekend is perfect for letting some sawdust fly!
As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase on the site or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest. If you are a blogger and you post about your build, don’t forget to include a link to your post on your showcase here. Don’t forget… for all of our newer plans, clicking on the images will let them expand to enormous sizes with much greater clarity. The older plans may need updating so please let us know if you need one fixed!
- 3 – 1×2 at 8’
- 4 – 3/4” plywood at 4’x8’ (You will have some great scraps left over from this!)
- 2 – 3/4” plywood at 21” x 60” – Top and Bottom
- 2 – 3/4” plywood at 21” x 26-1/2” – Sides
- 1 – 3/4” plywood at 26-1/2” x 58-1/2” – Back
- 6 – 1×2 at 16” – Drawer Guides
- 4 – 3/4” plywood at 3-1/4” x 56-3/4” – Small and Large Drawer Backs
- 4 – 3/4” plywood at 17-1/4” x 58-14” – Small and Large Drawer Bottoms
- 8 – 3/4” plywood at 3-1/4” x 17-1/4” – Small and Large Drawer Sides
- 1 – 3/4” plywood at 5-5/8” x 58-1/4” – Small Drawer Front
- 3 – 3/4” plywood at 6-3/4” x 58-1/4 “– Large Drawer Front
- 3 – 1×2 at 40” – Large Drawer Handles
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.
Cut the pieces for the Top, Bottom, and Sides. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the tops and bottoms of the Sides. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Pocket Screws. Apply edge banding to the exposed edges of the plywood if desired.
Cut the piece for the Back. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the top, bottom and sides of the Back. Assemble as shown (with pocket holes facing the inside of the Dresser) with glue and 1-1/4” Pocket Screws.
Cut the pieces for the Drawer Guides. Position as shown with a 2-1/2” space in the front of the Guide and a 1-3/4” space between the back of the Guide and the Dresser Back. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws.
Cut the pieces for the Small Drawer Back, Sides, Bottom, and Front. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the each end of the Sides, each end of the Back, and in the front edge of the Bottom (facing the ground). Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Pocket Screws. Attach the Drawer Bottom to the Sides and Back with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws. The Drawer Front will extend above the Drawer Sides by 1” on the top and by 5/8” beyond the Bottom. Apply edge banding to the exposed edges of the plywood if desired.
Cut the pieces for the Large Drawer Backs, Sides, Bottoms, Fronts, and Handles. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the each end of the Sides, Backs, and in the front edge of the Bottoms (facing the ground). Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Pocket Screws. Attach the Drawer Bottom to the Sides and Back with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws. Apply edge banding to the exposed edges of the plywood if desired.
For two of the Large Drawers – the Drawer Front will extend above the Drawer Sides by 2-3/4” on the top and will be flush with the Bottom. Attach the Handles as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws (insert Wood Screws through the Drawer Front into the Handle).
For the third Large Drawer – the Drawer Front will extend above the Drawer Sides by 2-7/8” on the top and will leave a 1/8” gap up from the Bottom. Attach the Handle as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws (insert Wood Screws through the Drawer Front into the Handle). After painting, staining, or applying a topcoat – apply a coat of paste wax on the bottom of each drawer as well as on the Drawer Guides. This will allow the drawers to slide smoothly.
Install the Small Drawer above the top two Drawer Guides in the Dresser. Next, install two Large Drawers (the ones that are flush on the bottom) in the next two spaces. Finally, install the last Large Drawer into the bottom space.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School