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Today, Justin & I are here to share Part Two of our How to Build a Dresser series. Last week, we shared Part 1, which was how to build a dresser frame. Today we're here to show you How to Build Dresser Drawers. It's muuuuchhh simpler than Part 1, I promise.
Using a miter saw, Justin cut four pieces of plywood for each drawer which will be used to build the box of each drawer. Each piece needed a dado cut for the bottom piece to slide into. The side pieces also needed a rabbetted edge for the front and back of the drawer box to set in to.
He then cut the bottom piece of each drawer using a table saw. These pieces were also plywood, and were cut large enough to slide into the dado of each side piece.
Slide the bottom piece of the drawer into the dado that's been cut in each of the side pieces.
Then using a nail gun, Justin nailed all of the edges together using 5/8" brad nails.
Here's what our completed dresser box & bottom looked like.
Then came the part where I could actually help! Using wood filler, I filled all of the nail holes as well as the cracks in between each piece along the top edge.
After allowing that to dry, I sanded everything down smooth using our orbital sander.
Then it came time to install the drawer guides. We purchased these 14" drawer guides from Home Depot. HD has many different quality levels of these. We bought the middle quality guides - not the expensive ones, but not the super cheap ones either.
Justin started by measuring our where the drawer guides should be attached for each drawer on the inside edge of the dresser. He then cut a spacer block of wood (from some of our scrap) to use as a leveling guide. He was able to rest the back edge of the drawer guide on this block while installing.
Then he screwed the outside piece of drawer guide in place.
Then he attached the inside piece of the drawer guide to the drawer by first measuring a straight line where the guide should be placed, so he could easily pre-drill (using a self-centering bit) and screw on the drawer guide.
Then it was as simple as sliding the drawers into place! The two pieces of the drawer guides need to be pushed into place. Note: You do have to push fairly hard to get the drawer guides to connect properly.
If there's too much stuggle, we'd recommend checking to ensure that all pieces are level. Even if they're just a little off level, the drawer will have a hard time sliding in and out of it's frame.
After getting the hang of it with our first drawer, Justin installed the following three using the same technique.
Here's how our drawer looks after Part Two of our tutorial. The Dresser Frame is built and attached to the wall as a built-in, and the drawers are built.
Later this week, we'll share how Justin built the drawer fronts and I'll show off the drawer pulls I chose to get this puppy to look like this.
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