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Free Woodworking Plan: The Jackson Dresser

Free 34 Page Woodworking Plan and a Fully Detailed SketchUp Model. When I create a woodworking plan, it is usually the result of a finished project, or a design that takes bits and pieces of various projects I have built over my past 33 years of woodworking. This woodworking plan is different. It is the first one I have published based on a reader request. I was contacted a few weeks ago by a reader who built two bedside tables based on one of my free woodworking plans. He and his wife wanted a matching double dresser. While I have built one dresser before, I have never created such a woodworking plan, and after a long break, I was getting the itch to make a new plan. So, The Jackson Dresser woodworking plan took off. I have been complemented in the past on how detailed my woodworking plans are. I view these plans as teaching documents which hopefully move beginner woodworkers into more complex projects. The Jackson Dresser is about as detailed a plan as …

Reader Builds the Media Cabinet

There is nothing better than getting an email from a reader who has built a piece of furniture following one of my woodworking plans. My most recent plan is You Can Build the Versatile Media Cabinet. Mark Malcolm recently took on this project and the finished product is fantastic, especially since this is his first piece of furniture to build. I asked Mark for more information about this project. He said… It came out great (esp for my first one). As you can see I changed out the laminate plywood legs and face frames for poplar. Used two coats of cherry Minwax and two coats of their satin poly. I also changed the pulls to match the hardware color in the room. The bookcase you see is actually a hidden door I found online using Rixson center post hinges. I finished that first and then moved to the bookcase. My boys got my a new sliding mitre saw for Christmas so I think I might try to tackle your plans for the mitre stand. Looks awesome and I could easily use …

Free Woodworking Plan: The Versatile Media Cabinet

The Versatile Media Cabinet is an appropriate title for this woodworking plan; all you have to do is look at the front cover to see why. The cover shows four different arrangements of drawers and shelves. I originally designed it with five drawers hinted at in the lower right image and I also like the eight drawer version. For the sake of simplicity, I show how to make the three drawer version, but a knowledgeable woodworker could alter the plan to make use of these other layouts. This media cabinet is designed to be easy to build and gains a bit of flair from the use of figured wood as an accent. The gray paint plays up the easy theme since a painted surface enables the woodworker free use of nails (paint can also hide certain defects and wood blemishes after being repaired). I have toyed with the idea of returning to a more simple way of building furniture and nothing could be easier than nails and glue. But the main carcass joinery is via …