White Toddler Dresser

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Project by Danestar posted 01-24-2012 11:52 PM 1534 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first ever dresser build for my 3 year old daughter. With this build I have a new found respect for those who build drawers let alone furniture at all. My luck was a read an article in Pop Wood Working the night after I finished painting on tricks to make them. Live and Learn right?! Since I knew I was going to paint it I used 3/4 Birch ply and 1/2 birch for drawers. Drawers are deep and may be a little too deep on top drawers but they will withhold the abuse that is about to come (hopefully from slamming and not new clothes ha). The drawer fronts I found to be the hardest thing on this build. Mainly alignment and would like to know if anyone has tips on doing so. I plan on future drawers being dovetailed with my new Porter Cable Dovetail Guide but until then these work just fine. Handles were my wife’s task and actually was surprised how well they made the dresser look. This dresser justified half the cost of my table saw which was fun to bring up to the wifey. Please critique, add tips on drawers etc.

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#1 posted 01-25-2012 12:53 AM

Looks great. I built a little cabinet like that one, similar drawers. Once I got the drawer faces in the shape I wanted, I liad them on the drawer boxes, aligne them and then shot nails through using an air nailer. Then I went back and put screws from the inside through the boxes into the faces. Another method, probably less accurate, is to expose a little of the screw tip through the boxes, then align the face and push to make an imprint – then you drill pilot holes. But I agree with you, drawers are tough to get right.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 01-25-2012 03:38 AM

The method that I use is to have a separate drawer front which is added on to the drawer. That way you can make as much adjustment as you want after the drawers are installed. I put a single screw in the center of the drawer and attach the front to it. You have to have the vertical adjustment made at this point. Then you can use a level to adjust the drawer to be parallel with the rest of the cabinet, this is assuming that it is square. A couple of screws one on each end with complete the joining of the front to the drawer.

If you do this with the bottom drawer first and get it correct, then an appropriate spacer laid on top that front it will give you the alignment you need for the next drawer front. Repeat all the way up you cabinet.


-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#3 posted 01-25-2012 04:06 AM

another nice project for your daughter what a good dad.


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