January 8, 2007

Woodworking: Girl’s Maple Dresser (New Project)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anthony Park @ 10:00 pm

Since I’ve been on holiday break from school for the last couple of weeks, I decided to start a new woodworking project. For this project, I will be making a girl’s dresser out of maple for my daughter. The dresser will have 6 drawers (3 large and 3 small), and will eventually have a hutch/bookcase on top of it.

I will be designing the dresser myself and blogging my progress here. If everything turns out well, I’d like to compile my blog entries into a set of woodworking plans.

Here goes…

I usually start out my woodworking projects with a rough sketch of what I would like the final product to look like.



This is roughly what I would like the dresser to look like, and I will probably add some carvings to it later to make it look more “girly”. In this case, the design must be approved by the “aesthetics commitee” before project funding is available.

From this design, I can generate a rough idea of the materials I will need to purchase. This dresser will be made mostly out of maple, but I will use poplar for the insides of the drawers to save on cost a little bit. Here is the materials list I generated from the design:

  • 30″ x 8.5″ x 6/4 (3) – Large drawer faces (maple)
  • 10″ x 8.5″ x 6/4 (3) – Small drawer faces (maple)
  • 29″ x 7.5″ x 4/4 (6) – Drawer front and back, large drawers (poplar)
  • 9″ x 7.5″ x 4/4 (6) – Drawer front and back, small drawers (poplar)
  • 19″ x 7.5″ x 4/4 (12) – Drawer sides, large and small drawers (poplar)
  • 2.5″ x 27″ x 4/4 (3) – Faces (maple)
  • 5″ x 45″ x 4/4 (2) – Base front and back (maple)
  • 5″ x 45″ x 4/4 (2) – Base sides (maple)
  • 20″ x 45″ x 4/4 (1) – Top (maple)
  • 4′ x 8′ x 3/4″ plywood (1) – Frame (maple veneer)
  • 4′ x 8′ x 1/4″ plywood (2) – Drawer bottoms and case back (maple veneer)
  • ACCURIDE 3832 18″ Chrome Full Extension Drawer Slide (6)
  • Drawer pulls (6)



    tags: woodworking, dresser, maple
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