DIY: the up­cy­cle drawer project

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NZ Lifestyle Block - - Contents - Words & im­ages Julie Legg

How to turn odd draw­ers into a match­ing set

This project takes mis­matched draw­ers and cre­ates an eclec­tic, be­spoke chest to fit around them. It’s a fun but com­plex de­sign, as ran­dom draw­ers will dif­fer in size and width.

Pre­cise mea­sur­ing and cut­ting will be es­sen­tial for a tidy fin­ish.

We’ll out­line the prin­ci­ples of how to cre­ate a dresser like this be­cause your draw­ers won’t be the same size as ours.

We used three bench­top pan­els (up­cy­cled, re­con­sti­tuted wood, 2200mm x 600mm x 26mm) and two pack­ets of 50mm screws to build the dresser frame­work. How­ever, you’ll need to do your own cal­cu­la­tions, as the num­ber of pan­els you’ll need will de­pend on the size and num­ber of draw­ers you want to in­clude.


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