Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a West Elm Inspired Emmerson 3 Drawer Dresser

Sep 26, 2012 7:45am

Designs by Studio C

Emmerson 3-Drawer Dresser

Project Details

Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a West Elm Inspired Emmerson 3 Drawer Dresser

Dimensions
Tools
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • Brad Nailer
Lumber
  • One sheet of ” plywood
  • 1 – 1x3 at 6’
  • 1 – 1x6 at 3’
  • 2 – 1x8 at 8’
  • One sheet of ” plywood
Materials
  • 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4” brad nails
  • 3 - sets of 16” drawer slides
  • 3- Drawer pulls
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 2 – 1x6 at 14” –Base
  • 1 – ” plywood at 18” x 34-1/2” – Bottom
  • 2 – 1x3 at 29” – Base Stretchers
  • 2 - ” plywood at 18” x 27-3/4” – Sides
  • 2 – ” plywood at 17-1/4” x 34-1/2” – Shelves
  • 1 – ” plywood at 27-3/4” x 36” – Back
  • 1 – ” plywood at 18-1/4” x 36” – Top
  • 4 – 1x8 at 14-1/2” – Drawer Box
  • 4 -1x8 at 33-1/2” – Drawer Box
  • 2 – ” plywood at 16” x 33-1/2” – Drawer Bottom
  • 2 – ” plywood at 8-3/4” x 34-1/4” – Drawer Fronts
  • 1 – ” plywood at 9” x 34-1/4” – Middle Drawer Front
Instructions

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Apply optional edge banding to exposed edges of plywood before assembly.

Cut the pieces for the base and bottom. Set the Kreg jig for ” material and drill pocket holes in one long edge of each base piece. Also drill pocket holes in each end of the bottom to attach the sides. Position the base pieces on the bottom as shown and attach using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Cut the pieces for the base stretchers. Drill pocket holes in each end as well as one long edge of each piece. Attach to the bottom and existing base pieces using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 2

Cut the pieces for the sides. Drill pocket holes in the top edge of each piece to attach the top. Attach to the bottom using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 3

Cut the piece for the shelves. Drill pocket holes in each edge. Secure to the sides as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. The shelves will be set ” back from the front edge of the sides.

Step 4

Cut the piece for the back and attach using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

Step 5

Cut the piece for the top. Attach to the sides using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 6

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. Assemble as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Cut the pieces for the drawer bottoms. Attach to the drawer boxes using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. Attach the drawer slide hardware according to the manufacturer’s instructions. For an easy tutorial, go here. Make any necessary adjustments.

Step 7

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. There will be a 1/8” gap all around. For another easy tutorial, go here. Attach the drawer pulls.

Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

Disclaimer

**Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you provide an adequate link back to the appropriate post! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it.


 

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Rayan is the Founding Editor and Creative Director of this wildly popular blog The Design Confidential and an all around Do-It-Yourself daredevil. Designer, Mommy, and Lifestyle blogger by day... Furniture Builder and DIY risk taker by night, bringing Chic and Stylish DIY Projects to the Masses. The Design Confidential has grown to more than 2 million pageviews each month in the 3 1/2 years since Rayan created her very first blog post, which just goes to show she isn't alone in her quest to conquer her home and all that surrounds it, with a little DIY elbow grease!

 

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