This step by step diy woodworking project is about laundry basket dresser plans. Building a wooden dresser is a straight forward process and can be done in several ways. In this article we show you plans for a basic dresser that uses laundry baskets as drawers. Work with good judgement and don’t forget to take a look over the rest of the related plans, as there are many designs and woodworking projects to select from.
Work with attention and don’t forget that a good planning will save you from many issues and it will keep the costs withing the total budget. Invest in high quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar. Drill pocket holes before inserting the galvanized screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Add waterproof glue to the joints, in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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Laundry Basket Dresser Plans
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- A – 2 piece of 1×12 lumber – 35 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 33 1/4″ long SIDES
- B – 1 piece of 1×12 lumber – 53 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 51 1/4″ long FRAME
- C – 18 pieces of 1×2 – 11 1/4″ long CLEATS
- D – 1 piece of 1/4″ plywood – 36 1/2″x53 1/4″ long BACK
- E – 4 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 12″ long, 2 pieces – 54 3/4″ long TRIMS
- 3 pieces of 1×12 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 piece of 1/4″ plywood – 4’x6′
- 3 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 8 ft
- 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 8 ft
- 16″ baskets
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 1 1/4″ screws
- wood putty, wood stain
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Building a simple dresser
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the frame of the dresser. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to build the components out of 3/4″ hardwood plywood. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the bottom components and along the top of the side vertical components.
Make sure the edges are flush and the corners square before inserting the 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a cloth.
After building the frame for the dresser, we recommend you to fit the partitions into place. Therefore, you need to build the components out of 3/4″ plywood and to drill pocket holes at both ends.
Top Tip: Place the partitions equally-spaced and make sure the corners are square. Leave no gaps between the components and add glue to enhance the rigidity of the joints.
After building the frame of the dresser, we recommend you to fit the 1×2 cleats to the interior faces of the dresser, as described in the diagram. Place the cleats as in the diagram, otherwise the laundry baskets might not fit into the openings.
In order to add value to the woodworking project, we recommend you to fit 1×3 trims to the front and sides of the wooden dresser. Cut the ends at 45 degrees to create proper and durable joints. Add glue to the joints and secure the trims into place by using finishing nails. Make sure the edges are flush.
If you want to enhance the appearance of the dresser, we recommend you to attach a piece of 1/4″ plywood to the back of the structure. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to align the edges with attention and to secure it to the frame by using 3/4″ screws or nails.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the woodworking project and to protect the rack from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain. Place the dresser in a proper location and move it whenever necessary.
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