DIY Faux Printers/Map Cabinet

I started with this dresser. It was solid but in very rough shape.
I began by removing all the trim from the drawers.
Filling and sanding a level surfae
I also pulled a part the frame of the dresser, removing the trim and reframing the top.
Removing frame trim
I then began cutting the strips and squares for the drawer faces. I used a track saw just to make it easier on me.
48 squares
Then using the track saw again framed out the sides with a shaker style detail.
I then stained and added hardware.
Now all it needed was finish and it's ready. All the hardware for this project was provided by D. Lawless Hardware. You can find them online and on Facebook.
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Jen Burns

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  • N. G. Londonderry
    on Jan 16, 2018

    Great job but how much did all that hardware cost?
  • Shirley Miller
    on Jan 16, 2018

    The original dresser looks very much like mine. Is the manufacturer Unagusta?
  • Morgan Arce
    on Mar 4, 2019

    Hi Jen, I am getting ready to do this project. I was wondering if you sanded the cabinet at all before staining it? And did you use different stains, or did the difference in wood (also, some with stain already, some directly onto fresh wood), change the hues? Thanks!

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  • Kay
    on Aug 3, 2018

    I love these old map drawers, pharmaceutical types, library get the idea! But the price tag!!! What an excellent project and one I have to try. Thanks for sharing!

  • Lilly
    on Sep 7, 2018

    This is so imaginative, ❤️ I use Lawless hardware and I know the cost was nominal compared to the look you achieved. A real thumbs up on this one, my sister👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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