How to make an aesthetic wooden dresser from scratch

Have you just moved into a new house and need some new furniture for it? Or do you just want to jazz up your old space? Well, an aesthetic wooden dresser made by you would be an ideal addition! Sometimes store-bought goods just don’t check all the boxes and especially if you need it to be of some particular measurements, making your own dresser is always a better option. Read more to find out how it is made!


Products needed for this DIY project:

1.      Plywood

2.      Cherry wood

3.      Drawer slides

4.      Danish oil

5.      Paint

6.      Edge banding

7.      Sanding machine

8.      Circular saw

9.      Miter saw

10.   Jigsaw

11.   Drill

12.   Screws

13.   Wood glue


Let’s get started with our DIY project!


Step 1:

First, we will be cutting the plywood which will be used to make the basic structure of our dresser. We will need to cut two long panels for the top and the bottom and four small panels for the sides and the dividers. You can cut these using a circular saw according to the measurements of the space where you will be keeping this dresser.

Step 2:

Now it’s time to put the basic structure or the frame of our dresser together. We will be using pocket holes and pocket screws for building this. Take the bottom panel and screw on the two side panels on both sides. Then, screw on the top panel in the same manner. Mark out two points on the length of the frame in such a way that they divide the dresser perfectly into three parts. This is where the dividers will be screwed on in the same manner. To make it stronger, you could apply some glue before screwing then on. To make the structure more rigid, you can even screw on a long piece of 1 x 4 on the top sides of the frame.

Step 3:

Once the frame has been put together, we will iron on some edge banding to all the edges to give it a smoother finish. Using an edge trimmer, you can cut any of the excess edge bandings that might be jutting out from the sides. You can even sand the whole structure down to eliminate any rough edges. After this, you can optionally paint the whole structure whichever color you want! You could even put some legs on all four sides of your soon-to-be dresser.

Step 4:

Now let’s start working on making the drawers of our dresser. We will be making 12 drawers, that is, four for each section but you could make as many as you want which will depend on your requirements. For the body of the drawers, we will be cutting 48 pieces of plywood depending on how large you want the drawers to be. You also need to make a dado in these pieces so that each part fits in the other perfectly. For the bottom base of all the drawers, we will be cutting some 3 x 16 plywood to length. Attach all these parts together using some screws and some glue to hold them in place.

Step 5:

Let’s start assembling the drawers into our dresser! For this, we will first have to put some drawer slides onto the frame of the dresser as well as the drawers. First, you must mark out the location of the drawer slides before screwing them on so that you don’t commit any errors. Screw on the drawer slides on all the wooden walls of our dresser and on both the sides of all the drawers. Once that is done, simply slide the drawers onto the drawer slide on the frame carefully.

Step 6:

To give the drawers a nice finish we will be screwing on some pieces of cherry wood onto the front of all the drawers. Cut and sand all these pieces to length using a miter saw and a sanding machine. Then, rather than putting any additional metal handles, we have to make a cut out in the cherry wood like the one given in the picture below using a jigsaw which will be used to open and close the drawers. Make a similar cut out on all the drawers too. We also need to apply a few layers of Danish oil to all these pieces of cherry wood to bring out the natural color of the wood. Now we simply need to screw on the cherry wood drawer fronts onto all the drawers using some screws and a drill.

Your aesthetic wooden dresser is now complete! The best part about this DIY project is that you can customize it however you want in terms of the number of compartments, the decorations, the size and so much more! You should be proud of yourself if you successfully managed to make your very own aesthetic wooden dresser from scratch. Enjoy your latest creation!

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