Patrick's Beach Cottage Dresser
A beach cottage style dresser featuring four drawers and a narrower profile. Built by Patrick, you can read the brag post here.
4 - sets of 12" drawer slides
8 - knobs or handles
2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x12 @ 10 feet long
1 - 1/4" plywood @ full sheet
3 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
3 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
3 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x8 @ 12 feet long
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
2 - 1x12 @ 35 1/2"
2 - 1x3 @ 11 1/2" (Cut to width of your 1x12 boards)
2 - 1x2 @ 11 1/2" (Cut to width of your 1x12 boards)
4 - 2x2 @ 39"
4 - 1x3 @ 31"
4 - 1x2 @ 31"
1 - 1/4" Plywood @ 35 1/2" x 34"
1 - 1x2 @ 36"
1 - 1x12 @ 36"
1 - 1x3 @ 36"
8 - 1x6 @ 28 1/2"
8 - 1x6 @ 12 1/2"
4 - 1/4" Plywood @ 30" x 12 1/2"
4 - 1x8 @ 30 3/4"
Use 1 1/4" finish nails and glue to attach the trim to the sides. The 1x3 goes on the bottom, 1x2 on the top. Build two of these.
The the sides, attach legs. Use either 3" screws countersunk or Kreg Jig as shown above (set for 3/4" stock, using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws). Do this on both sides.
Once the sides are built, attach 1x3s as shown above. All are flush to the outsides. Cut out a decorative pattern from the bottom front 1x3 (shown with arch shape) using jigsaw.
Now attach 1x2 stiles - be very careful here. You must leave 7 1/2" between the stiles so your drawer faces will fit just right.
Back. Adjust your project for square and tack the back on with 1" finish nails and glue.
Top. If you have a Kreg Jig, build your top as shown above using pocket holes, and then attach to the top of the dresser. If you do not have a Kreg Jig, attach supports as shown in this diagram and then use 1 1/4" finish nails and glue to attach top pieces. Overhang on front and sides is 1".
Build drawer boxes as shown above. Tack plywood to bottom. Once drawer boxes are built, use drawer slides to install drawers in the dresser. Remember, the drawer faces sits inset, so you will need to install the drawers 3/4" in from the face of the dresser (see below).
Will all drawers installed, lay dresser on it's back. Place drawer faces on drawer boxes, centering so an even gap of approximately 1/8" is on all sides of the drawer faces. Attach with a few 1 1/4" finish nails and glue. Be considerate of your hardware location when you nail.
Once drawer faces are on, pull the drawers out and attach from insides with 1 1/4" fasteners. Add hardware.