DIY Furniture – Wood Dresser with Wheels!

Happy Wednesday!

I am SO excited to share my latest build with you guys today!   Building took a back seat to Christmas, but with that behind us (for 11 more months), I was so pumped to dust off my tools and get to work!

This might just be my favorite build yet.  My youngest son has an empty room.  He has a crib, and that’s about it.  I have been folding his pajamas and socks for months, and putting them in a basket.  No more of that!  I knew I wanted to start with a dresser, so I started looking for ideas to hack borrow.   I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, so I just started designing it in my head.  That’s the great thing about DIY… Oh, and Miss Ana White!  Once I had my idea, I hit her up for some new plans, and she delivered!  I LOVE it.  Here is how it turned out…

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What do you think??

Isn’t it the bomb?  If his room weren’t empty, I would be tempted to keep this baby for myself!

I will share details of my build here, and you can get the full set of plans over at Ana’s site!

So… Here we go!

For my wood, I chose PureBond Plywood of course.  Many of you guys know how much Ash and I love this stuff.

The thought of building beautiful furniture with plywood may sound a bit strange.  It did to us as well!  That was until we learned about PureBond Plywood.

PureBond Plywood can be found at any Home Depot.

What sold us on PureBond

~ It uses Formaldehyde-free glue (scary to think we have been breathing in harmful chemicals until now)

~ It’s made in AMERICA… Whoop!!!

~ It’s made with wood from sustainable forests

~ It’s extremely easy to work with

~ Biggest selling point for us… It’s BEAUTIFUL!  You get the look of real hard wood for a fraction of the cost.  Home Depot stocks birch and oak.  You can also order hickory, maple, you name it and have it delivered to your store… Love that!

So after learning the benefits of PureBond Plywood, we will never go back.  It’s such an obvious choice and it fits quite nicely in our shanty budgets!

I had the nice guys at Home Depot cut it down for me.  For the rest of the dresser, I used pine boards.  Yesterday we shared a few videos on working with PureBond.  You can see them here!

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For those of you still on the fence about getting a Kreg Jig, just go for it!  It is a small investment with such a huge return!

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I must say I was a bit intimidated by the 6 drawers before I started.  Drawer slides have always been challenging for me.  I usually just avoid them, so I can avoid failure ;-)

I knew I had to figure them out for this.  The best part of this dresser is the 6 huge drawers!  Hear me mommies??  So I came up with my own ‘shanty’ method of getting these babies on.  I’m pretty sure there is a more professional way of doing it, but this was easy, and fool proof for me.  I now have 6 perfectly functioning drawers.  Here is my method…

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Your final step is cutting your faces of your drawers to size.  I just measured each opening, and made the face about 1/8″ shorter in length for a perfect fit.

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I also used a coat of this on everything to protect the finish!

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I found my pulls and hardware at Lowe’s, and my casters are from Northern Tool.

I also wanted to shanty it up a bit more, so I found these cheap metal brackets in the framing section.  They serve no purpose on the dresser, but to look cute ;-)

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Whew…. Writing that was harder than getting this baby built! Promise!

I hope I covered everything, but of course let me know if you have any questions at all!  Here are a few more pics of his new dresser!

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Thank you so much for stopping by!

You can see the full set of plans for the dresser at Ana-White.com!

I would LOVE for you to pin and share this below!  Have an awesome day!

~Whitney

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  • Lauren Proffitt

    How much did this project cost you?

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  • Brittney Adams-Vivian

    Do you water based or oil based stains?

  • ErikaKristie

    Hi! I have already started building this dresser, and I am so anxious to finish!! I have a couple of quick questions! How should the 2×2 supporters in the back be attached? Also, where were the casters found at? I love the actual ones on the dresser in the picture and cannot find anything like them! Thank you so much! :-)

  • Aaron

    Hi, I was just wondering if you covered the ends of the plywood on the sides of the top or left it exposed. It’s kind of hard to tell from the photos.

  • Melissa Bentham Long

    I can’t find Purbond plywood in my Home Depot and I’ve never worked with plywood before. Is there another kind that is good or a certain type of wood that I should look for?

  • amy

    Just wonderign what the estimated cost for your project was? I’m trying to decide between this one, and the one with the open shelf on the bottom.

  • http://www.facebook.com/allison.b.geraci Allison Brooks Geraci

    loving the artwork as well :) where did you get them?!

  • Артем Чубченко

    Очень классно http://prom-snab-komplekt.com.ua/

  • Patty Blair

    Better than PB! Love it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ginny.vincentmoore Ginny Scott Vincent-Moore

    This is exactly what i’ve been looking for to use as a tv console. …wht wld I do if I wanted the 2 top drawers to be open so I can use it for the dvr and blu-ray player?

  • http://www.facebook.com/carolyn.ruiz.9 Carolyn Ruiz

    drawer slides intimidate me as well! I made the benchwright coffee table and found the slides to work for the most part but was slightly off kilter. This will help me soooooo much! Thanks for sharing that. And, of course, the dresser is just beautiful!

  • Mrs. E

    Love this! I’ve been looking for a dresser and this fits the bill. BTW, where did you find the airplane prints? I’ve been looking for my son.

  • Runt

    That came out great! I have been wanting to get a Kreg Jig for a long time now. I was thinking about getting the Kreg Jig Jr. since I am a beginner (like, never built anything before) builder do you think that will suffice? I’m just not sure if I want to spend $100+ right off the bat. Also, how do you know what size pocket holes and pocket hole screws you need? Is there a measurement guide or something?

    • Kid Dillon

      Get it, it will be the best $100 you ever spent. I just got on and love it! It doesn’t matter if your a biginner or an expert, you can’t goof up at all if you follow the instructions. As far as the size holes and screws to use it’s all laid out in the user guide and etched on the jig itself. Fool proof! Their website also has additional help if you want to know more. Enjoy.

      • Runt

        Thanks for the info Kid Dillon! I have another question you might be able to answer for me… =] I kind of still want to get the Kreg Jig Jr. because I am itching for one NOW and it’s the one I can afford… is it worth my time to get the Jr.? Does it do the same things? Or should I just really hold out until I can afford the more expensive one? Thanks for your help!

        • Kid Dillon

          If you REALLY want to get the Kreg Jr then you should, BUT, I would get the $100 one and the reason IMO is that once you have the bigger set you won’t even need the Jr again. So I would put that money towards the larger unit. The Jr does preaty much does the same thing as the other, but you won’t have the vise which is a great assest to have. With the Jr you will need clamps to hold it down to your project, a lot more clamps then with the main one. If you get the Jr and then later get the larger set you are basicly duplicating most of the items.

          • Runt

            I see what you’re saying… I think I am just really excited and wanted to build things NOW. I’m going to think about it a bit more though because like you said, I’ll just end up with double the stuff and have spent more money that I needed to in the end… thank you for your help!

  • Meg @ Nutmeg place

    You NEVER cease to amaze me!

  • http://twitter.com/silverado2312 Becky Johnson

    Great Chest!! love the Matte Poly from Rust-oleum!!

  • [email protected]

    Where did you get the wheels?

  • cece49

    super, il est vraiment genial ce meuble , adore merci

  • Marcia

    It’s gorgeous! But question……cost to build vs. restore/rebuild an old one??

  • PinkToesandPowerTools

    Looks great as always! I have been wondering for awhile, since a lot of Ana’s plans are calling for these now–where do you get the 2×2 boards? I’m really hoping you aren’t going to say furring strips, because I have looked quite a few times now, and there is not one straight one to be had at any of the stores I’ve tried. I found some in the hobby board section at Lowes, but they aren’t long enough sometimes. Please tell me there is a magical area hidden from me until now that contains these :)

  • Mindi Carwin

    So so awesome! Love it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/warren.weidow Warren Weidow

    Beautiful!!! This is one I will need to make this year for my sewing room/craft/office. Thank you for your creativity. I sure do appreciate it as do many others I am sure. One question, where did you get the airplane prints above? I would love to get some for my son and father who are airplane enthusiats. Thanks for your help and all your ideas. They’ve been great. Happy New Year!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/autumnrreed Autumn Ostlund

    I love it! I have no use for it yet, but maybe someday… I normally avoid drawers too! I like the way you did it though, one less chance to make a mistake :)

  • Erin Spain

    This turned out great! Love the wheels. Perfect for a little boy’s room!

    -Erin @ DIY On the Cheap

  • [email protected]

    You did an amazing job. I wish I was that handy with tools. But I am intimidated by them. Wish I had that piece in my home. Love it…

  • Loretta E

    Makes me wish we had a boy…. :)