How to make

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To pre­pare the draw­ers, re­move knobs and han­dles if pos­si­ble.

2

Sand the front of each drawer with a fin­ish­ing sander, or by hand.

3

Paint the face of each drawer with Re­sene Quick Dry primer, then two top coats of your choice. This project uses Re­sene Ter­ra­cotta Pink, Re­sene Green Mist, Re­sene Bail Hai, Re­sene Envy, Re­sene Twine, Re­sene Tea and Re­sene Wal­nut wood stain. When dry, screw in knobs.

4

Lay out draw­ers and de­ter­mine their lay­er­ing or­der, bot­tom to top. Place the widest drawer at the bot­tom. If you have small draw­ers but want a wide de­sign, place them side-by-side – they will re­quire an up­right ‘sep­a­ra­tor’ between them.

5

Mea­sure the depth of the deep­est drawer (mea­sured front to back). It doesn’t mat­ter whether this drawer is wide or nar­row in width; its depth will de­ter­mine the over­all depth of the chest so you need to know this mea­sure­ment first. It will be used in all in­stances when cut­ting hor­i­zon­tal bases and ver­ti­cal sup­ports (sides, or up­right sep­a­ra­tors between two smaller draw­ers). Cut the pan­els to this depth. Stain or paint the pan­els.

6

Con­struct the bot­tom of the dresser which will sit un­der the widest drawer. Mea­sure and cut ver­ti­cal sup­ports from a wood panel to form the sides. Sit the drawer and ver­ti­cal sup­ports on an­other panel. Mark a cut line on the out­side of the ver­ti­cal sup­ports. Al­low at least a 2-3mm gap between the drawer and the ver­ti­cal sup­port so it isn’t a tight fit. Cut the base panel to size. Sand the edges.

7

Make ke a jig from a piece of wood; it should be as long as your deep­est drawer mea­sure­ment. Drill three holes in a straight line, one in the cen­tre, the other two 50mm from ei­ther end. This will be your guide to help you drill all the holes that will at­tach each hor­i­zon­tal base to the ver­ti­cal sup­ports that will sit ei­ther side of each drawer.

8

Use the jig to drill pilot holes through the panel that will be the bot­tom of your chest, to align with the ver­ti­cal sup­ports for the base drawer. Coun­ter­sink the holes where the screw head sits so they sit flush with the sur­face of the wood.

9

Ap­ply con­struc­tion ad­he­sive to each touch­ing face, then use a clamp to hold the hor­i­zon­tal base to the ver­ti­cal sup­ports. Screw the pieces to­gether, three screws in each side. Wipe any ex­cess glue away with a damp cloth.

10

Place the base drawer in the cav­ity you’ve cre­ated. It should fit well and slide in and out eas­ily.

11

On the un­der­side of the base panel only, screw in four fur­ni­ture legs, ap­prox­i­mately 50mm in from each cor­ner. We opted for sim­ple, sturdy door stops, enough to raise it off the ground.

12

Cut a wood panel to the same size as the base. This will cover the top of the base drawer and be­come the base of the next drawer. Do not screw it in place yet; this makes it eas­ier to fix the ver­ti­cals for the next drawer in place. When the ver­ti­cal sup­ports for the next drawer are fin­ished, screw the top in place.

Re­peat the process for each layer of draw­ers. If one layer has two smaller draw­ers side-by-side, you will need to in­clude a ver­ti­cal up­right that sits between them – make sure you cut the base panel wide enough to in­clude it.

13

Stain the ex­posed ends with Re­sene Color­wood wood stain. Ap­ply Re­sene Aqua­clear wa­ter­borne ure­thane over all stained ar­eas to pro­tect them from dust and to make them eas­ier to wipe clean.

14

Put the draw­ers in place. Tack short pieces of of­f­cut wood in place as stop­pers so short draw­ers sit flush with the front when closed.

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