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Dress-up Clothes Organizer

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This instructable will guide you through the steps to make the dress up organizer shown here.  If your kids like to play dress up, but you don't like to have the clothes and all of the accessories scattered around the house then you will want keep reading.

TOOLS:
Drill and Drill Bits
Wood Saw (Miter or Manual)
Jig Saw
Hammer (Brad nail gun will save some time)
Clamps
Framing square
Tape Measure
Sand paper

MATERIAL:
(3) 1/4" x  2' x 4' Sheets of Plywood - Or enough to make all of the pieces.  These worked good for me because I don't have a truck to haul full sheets of plywood.

(2) 1" x 2" x 6' Pine boards

(1) 7/8" x 4' Wooden Dowel - Mine was poplar wood

1-1/2" wood screws

3/4" x 18 gauge brad nails - Or similar finishing nails if you don't have a nail gun
 
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Step 1: Cut the Panels

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SETUP A CUTTING GUIDE
If you are using a jig saw like me you can setup a guide, using one of the 1" x 2" x 6' boards, to help you make a straight cut.  First, measure from the edge of the saw base that will be against the guide to the blade (see Picture 2).  Let's say this dimension is 1-1/2".  Then, clamp your guide board to the plywood and add or subtract the 1-1/2" dimension depending on what side of the guide you are cutting.

MAKING THE CUTS
You will need to cut the following size panels from the 1/4" plywood:
- (3) 1' x 3' Panels
- (2) 1' x 4' Panels

If you are using the same size materials from the material list 1/4" x 2' x 4' panels you can make the following cuts:
-- Cut 1' off of the 4' length on two of the 2' x 4' panels. This will leave you with two 2' x 3' panels.  Then cut each of the two panels in half so that you have four 1' x 3' panels, one of which will be extra.

-- Cut the third 2' x 4' panel in half to get the two 1' x 4' vertical panels.

Remember the old saying -- "Measure twice, cut once"
Oh my! I wish I had had this (and all those awesome dresses!!!) when I was little :D You should enter this into the Holiday Gifts Contest!
Cute! What an awesome idea!
magifarm1 year ago
What a great idea! It could easily be decorated to suit any style, and has lots of other possibilities. It would be very useful as a winter outerwear organizer for young kids. You could put a boot tray and plastic bin in the bottom for boots and hats/gloves/scarves, and then little ones could quickly find their own stuff for those busy mornings getting ready for school!
melvinkat (author)  magifarm1 year ago
I like that idea. We have winter gear all over the place right now!
laxap1 year ago
Very nicely designed and finished!
sniffydogs1 year ago
BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!
What a great idea!
wonderful! Can't wait to make this with a small tweek, going to use a pre-existing boy box base