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How do you build a chest of drawers?

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The first step in building a chest of drawers is to plan for its size. Sketch a drawing of the outer box that will hold the rows of drawers. Determine the dimensions of the outer box and the number of drawers you wish to include in the chest.

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After the proper measurements are taken, use a straight edge and table saw to cut the pieces for the cabinet. Cut the bottom and top pieces the same size, as well as the two side pieces that complete the cabinet. Use 3/4-inch plywood with a furniture finish for the outer side of the cabinet. For the back of the cabinet, cut and install a piece of 1/4-inch plywood.

Attach drawer slides after measuring again. The slides must align and slide correctly. Measure and install the slides carefully.

To build the outer box, attach the sides of L-brackets on the top and bottom pieces to the bottom with wood glue and drywall screws. Ensure the drawer slides are facing the same direction and are facing right-side up. Screw the back panel into place with finishing nails.

For the drawers to fit comfortably, make the width of the drawer boxes an inch smaller than the width of the opening of the drawer. The back and front of the door must be 1 1/2 inches smaller than the width of the opening. Finally, cut a 1/4-inch groove on the bottom of all sides of the drawer. Attach your pre-made drawer fronts to the boxes. Slide the boxes into place in the chest.

To decorate the cabinet, either paint or stain the wood. Decorative molding can be applied to the front, bottom or sides of the cabinet.

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