How to Build a Mid-Century Modern Dresser–FROM 2x4s and PLYWOOD!

How to Build a Mid-Century Modern Dresser–FROM 2x4s and PLYWOOD!

In this video, I’ll show you how to build a mid-century modern 6 drawer dresser from 2x4s and plywood!

Dressers are literally my favorite thing to build. There are so many ways to build a box and add drawers and so many styles you can go with for it.

So, I hope you enjoy the video as much as I enjoyed building it and if you want to build one for yourself, grab the step by step tutorial here:

How to Build a Modern Dresser

And grab the printable plans here:

DIY Mid-Century Modern Dresser Plans

In this video, I’ll also share how to cut dadoes without a dado blade on the table saw at 6:00.

Additional info you may find helpful for this project:
How to Cut Plywood Sheets: https://www.woodshopdiaries.com/cut-down-plywood-sheets-with-circular-saw/
How to Edge Band Plywood: https://www.woodshopdiaries.com/how-to-cover-plywood-edges/
How to Use a Pocket Hole Jig: https://www.woodshopdiaries.com/how-to-use-pocket-hole-jig/
How to Build and Install Drawers: https://www.woodshopdiaries.com/theres-no-wrong-way-to-make-a-drawer/

Other projects using these modern style legs:
DIY Modern Dog Bed: https://www.woodshopdiaries.com/diy-modern-dog-bed/
DIY Dog Bowl Stand: https://www.woodshopdiaries.com/diy-dog-bowl-stand/
DIY Upholstered Storage Bench: https://www.woodshopdiaries.com/how-to-build-an-upholstered-storage-bench/

Tools & Materials

The following contains affiliate links:

Tools Used In the Video:

Circular Saw: https://homedepot.sjv.io/AooaYx
Kreg AccuCut Cutting Guide: https://amzn.to/3uGzgYf
Kreg Rip Cut Cutting Guide: https://amzn.to/3dS9Q2Q
Miter Saw: https://homedepot.sjv.io/yd96v
Drill/Driver: https://homedepot.sjv.io/9Wg2r0
Kreg 720 Pocket Hole Jig: https://amzn.to/2Q7LU3l
Jig Saw: https://homedepot.sjv.io/Gjj912
Nail Gun: https://homedepot.sjv.io/a9ygQ
Table Saw: https://homedepot.sjv.io/3vkav

Materials Used:

3 sheets 3/4″ plywood: https://homedepot.sjv.io/9rR95
1 1/4 sheets 1/4″ plywood: https://homedepot.sjv.io/3vVYr
(2) 2x4x8 boards: https://homedepot.sjv.io/kr42M
Scrap 1x or 3/4″ plywood to cut the legs from
1 1/4″ pocket hole screws: https://amzn.to/3fXNO1d
2 1/2″ pocket hole screws: https://amzn.to/39TxT03
2″ wood screws
2 1/2″ wood screws
(6) pair 16″ ball bearing drawer slides (I buy bulk packs of ten here: https://amzn.to/3d3FNGs)
Wood Glue
Edge banding (optional): https://amzn.to/3uIhbsR

50 Comments

  1. Brycedius Sam on June 19, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Thank you for the downloads!

  2. Matteo Montecchia on June 19, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    are the plans you sell metric?

  3. Ronald Piñero on June 19, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Great job! Beautiful results!!! Hey, I have a question for you! Hope you can help me out!! Q: witch program do you use for make your plans?? Thanks

  4. Jonathan Boyle on June 19, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Nice piece. You said that you would be able.e to use drawer runners that push to open, but wouldn’t the drawer fronts butt against the frame, negating the ‘push to open’ functionality? I might be being stupid but I’m just having similar thoughts on a piece I am working on right now.

  5. Mrs Roman on June 19, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    That was amazing 🥲 I have been searching for a bedroom set to replace mine but haven’t found it & I don’t have the tools or the time to make it. You are so blessed to have this gift of creating such beautiful furniture. I wish I could have you make it for me. You got talent girl. 💯❤️

  6. hursomhelst on June 19, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Living in Sweden the price of that birch plywood would amount to 800 usd probably

  7. C0k3RC01A on June 19, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    Great video

  8. Heidi White on June 19, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    Epic 👌

  9. Jeffco_Hoosier on June 19, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    How’d you get started with wood working?? Is this your main source of income? I really want to get into custom wood working and would love to do it as a job too

  10. Trent China on June 19, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Just found your channel today and have watched a few projects. I really like your sensible approach to workflow, tools etc. Love the clean aesthetic of all your pieces and the way you use so many scrap wood spacer blocks to work fast. Definitely subbed and clicked the bell.

  11. Antonio Buys on June 19, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    I think an inner bevel on the drawer fronts would have been cool for a place to grip when opening

  12. s n on June 19, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    It’s a bit late to ask a question like this, but have you or anyone ever thought of designing places that someone could easily grab to move/carry around? Do you seal the complete back of the dresser to give it a air buffer?

  13. Hey Brittany Miner on June 19, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    How much did this cost in materials?

  14. valdemiro moreira on June 19, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    Lindo trabalho.

  15. Robert Taylor on June 19, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    It takes a lot to inspire me and I’m currently building this now. Beautiful piece you made and thanks a lot for sharing the plans and knowledge

  16. Evergreen on June 19, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    .2 seconds into the video and all I can focus on is how I have the same boots

  17. L R on June 19, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Hi Shara, I love your channel! You make everything look so easy! Do you need the drawer dividers if they are just for looks? I want to build this and want to make the drawer fronts larger to hide them anyway.

  18. Ranger 231 on June 19, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    Go Red Cross! Nice work, great video!

  19. ademar vazquez on June 19, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    How much on material’s ?

  20. Donavan McElroy on June 19, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    Tremendous build! You’ve got mad skills 👍👍

  21. Kevin Aud on June 19, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    Great video as always! Will be building this one as my first project of 2022 🙂

  22. Frank C on June 19, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    I really like the look of unfinished wood. It’s such a natural look. I would love to treat wood for protection without imparting any of the characteristics of wood finishes.

  23. Audrée Adam on June 19, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    I just discovered your channel while looking for a mid century dresser to build… wow! Thank you so much for all your work. I subscribed and cannot wait to see your other projects 🙂

  24. chevy vega on June 19, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    woodworking…..its not just for guys anymore…….liked your vid!!! I made a dresser alot like this using canarywood slabs for the drawer fronts running continuous grain from one front across to the other left to right. Trim around the edge i used 4/4 yellowheart. You did very well!!

  25. Brady Barrera on June 19, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    I love the unfinished look with the darker drawer. If it were me I’d just cut a chamfer along the bottom edge of each drawer, sand it and hit it with danish oil. Beautiful.

  26. Muhammad Waris on June 19, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    I’m bit late to watch tht master piece lol simple n easy

  27. CHAD JOHNSON on June 19, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    Wow your pretty awesome the way you talk about building.Most channels I would feel more comfortable putting a space shuttle together.I wish you sold some of your dressers.

  28. David Peterson on June 19, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Wow, so simple.. I keep forgetting what pocket screws have done for cabinetry.
    Wasn’t 3/4” plywood drawers overkill, and more expensive than 3/8” plywood? Could you help me understand?

  29. Frank Ortiz on June 19, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    Nicely done

  30. Anina Salerno-Aita on June 19, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    I just love the legs!

  31. Evan Arnold Stewart on June 19, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    does anyone find any issues with chip out on the plywood when using the circular saw?

  32. Robert vigil on June 19, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    This is great! I’m gonna give it a shot but with a more limited toolset haha.

  33. J on June 19, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    FIRST TIME WATCHING…I’M IN THIS D.I.Y FB GROUP AND I THOUGHT I WOULD WANT TO DO A DRESSER…LONG STORY SHORT, DO YOU TAKE ORDERS?

  34. Lena Brusilovski on June 19, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    which screws do you use? what do i tell the hardware store that i need ?

  35. BigJoe Grizzly on June 19, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    This video is proof Men are a dying breed lol women don’t need us anymore

  36. Bunga Bis on June 19, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    happy building 🙂

  37. Martha Calicci on June 19, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    I loved the unfinished look!

  38. Ballwiz 23 on June 19, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    If I had a table saw and planer, I would do this for sure! Super nice!

  39. Molly Jarvela on June 19, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    This is amazing. I hope it was left unfinished😍

  40. A3 Al on June 19, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    I wonder how much did it cost you to build this AMAZING Dresser ?

  41. God, Guns and Country on June 19, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    You’re awesome. Thanks! What is your cost for the material?

  42. Kevr on June 19, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    Great, now I need to buy that ridgid radial arm saw with a nice 16” cut depth.

  43. Ska7cis on June 19, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    Love your work. I especially love the fact that you share your mistakes too!!! That is probably the most inspirational because I know if ever try this, then I will definitely make more mistakes. Keep up the excellent work.

  44. Symone Maruyama on June 19, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    Would edge banding matter if the dresser would be painted in the end?

  45. Letroy Rogers on June 19, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    I love the unfinished look, It looks amazing!

  46. Ibrhem Ahmed on June 19, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    Very beautiful sara ,thank you

  47. knopeace on June 19, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    Awesome build. Wish you could share the finished work from your friend

  48. Abby Askew on June 19, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    Wow! This is incredible!

  49. Win Win on June 19, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    May I ask which quality grade plywood did you use?

  50. Leslie Gapen on June 19, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    Very good work.. I have been a builder since age 12.. I’m 56 now.. I’m giving you a rating of 100% . I have built more pieces than I can remember at this point.

    The Positives are as follows.

    Worked alone..

    Minimal Tools..

    Good Economics..

    Demonstrated Competence and Communication..

    Good soft skills and Finishing Touchs..

    The Only thing you could have done better was miter the edgebanding but then again this is my opinion.

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