4 drawer childrens dresser - 2 day project

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Project by tooldad posted 02-16-2009 02:57 AM 8856 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We are expecting child #2 in May, so it is time to consolidate our boy’s separate toy room and bedrooms into one room. A while back I built a hunter green tall dresser with clearcoated knotty pine drawer fronts for my wife that now resides in our basement. Our son informs us that he does not want the green dresser with “rotten” wood. He thinks the knotty pine is rotten because of the look. Besides he also wants a blue dresser. I also pointed out to my wife that he would not be able to reach any higher than the second drawer for a while anyways.

I am one to plan almost every detail for a project. My weekend plans consisted of driving 12 hours one way this weekend to pickup my new enclosed trailer in Georgia. However, when I went to to make the final payment on Friday just hours before I was to depart, I was informed that it was a week to 10 days behind schedule. So here I am with a shop, a long 3-day weekend, and no plans.

My wife liked the look and proportions of the changing table I built for the nursery in 04 for the first new baby. I thought, this is easy then. I opened up the plans on my CAD program and just cut off the upright door. This way the drawers are the same size as he currently uses. Issue solved, I have plans and time in the workshop!

So all of this was being discussed at 9:30am on Saturday morning. At 11:00 am we were stopping at Burger King to pickup lunch after the home depot plywood purchase. 4:00pm on Saturday, I called my wife and told her it was time to pick out paint, I had the plywood box constructed. We went to dinner, lowes, and then I went back to the shop to paint the project and let it dry overnight. We used Valspar enamel paint.

Sunday morning I returned to the shop, scraped the glue off the panels for the drawer front and top. Routered and stained them. While the stain was drying, I worked on the drawer boxes. Once the stain was dry I sprayed lacquer. Finally was able to load up to take home about 4pm.

Not bad for 2 days!

It is sanded birch ply from HD, poplar face frame, red oak drawer fronts, top and base trim. The drawers are 5/8 MDF with a paper substrate applied similar to melamine. Full extension drawer slides.

Project dim are 36” tall, 36” wide, 18” deep.

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#1 posted 02-16-2009 03:05 AM

Here is the changing table I built in 2004. It was funny or erie that the plans for that were drawn in Feb 04. Both my wife and I both commented that we drug our feet then, because our son was born in March 28. This one is due May 6.

Maple Changing Table Dresser

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#2 posted 02-16-2009 03:06 AM

Here is the Pine dresser with the “rotten” drawer fronts, as my son calls them. If you notice up top, the nursery has a name on the shelf of Lauren. We picked out a girls name because 2 nurses in the sonogram informed us with certanity that it was a girl. Surprise surprise on March 28th. Good thing the changing table wasn’t pink!

Tall Pine Dresser

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#3 posted 02-16-2009 03:10 AM

Looks great, I need to build my daughter a child dresser. Very good build.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#4 posted 02-16-2009 03:13 AM

Nice work.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 02-16-2009 03:57 AM

Nice dresser! I like the blue trim.

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#6 posted 02-16-2009 04:51 AM

Nice looking work. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#7 posted 02-16-2009 07:26 AM

Want CAD program do you use?

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#8 posted 02-16-2009 07:32 AM

If I draw something in CAD it is done with Autosketch version 6. However lately I have been using sketchup. I am functional in sketchup. I hope to be a little more proficient by next school year so I can have the kids draw their projects on it at school. This year is is just an option, but they must have a plan of some sort. A scribble on a sheet of notebook paper is not considered a plan. After forcing them to do it once, then they build from that, most seem to see the necessity of at least having a base plan.

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#9 posted 02-16-2009 08:26 AM

Beautiful Dresser… The light golden stain of the drawers really goes well with that shade of blue. And those drawer slides look heavy duty. If your kids are anything like mine were… they’ll be using the drawers as steps to get stuff off the top of the dresser!

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#10 posted 02-16-2009 02:01 PM

Absolutley beautiful.

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#11 posted 03-10-2009 02:27 PM

I know I haven’t read every posting regulation. However I know I didn’t post this with the intent of receiving solicitations for products. Is Andy’s post a violation of site rules?

It seems he is a new member and has sent the same message to several. It is very apparent he is using the site for advertising.

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#12 posted 10-31-2010 02:40 AM

Thats a beautiful dresser.

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