Beaded shiplapped back coming soon

March 24, 20150 Comments

If you’ve been following along with the 8 drawer tall dresser build you already know I’ve made a few minor changes to the existing plan (available in our Digital Downloads Store,) nothing major, just a little tweak here and there.

shiplapped back

I decided recently to make one more change by swapping out the plywood panel I originally intended to install for the back for something a little more decorative. It’s not that I thought there was anything wrong with the plywood, instead it’s just an opportunity for me to flex my woodworking muscle and have a little fun in the shop.

Considering the fact that 9 out of 10 times the tall dresser will be pushed against a wall no one will ever see the back, but what about that 10th occurrence? What happens then?

So after thinking about it (and probably overthinking it) I decided instead to install a shiplapped back to give it a more “finished” look.

The process was extremely easy, shiplapped is really nothing more than cutting a rabbet on one edge of a board, followed by cutting another rabbet on the opposite edge AND opposite face of the same board and then installing them in a sequence that allows the adjoining board’s rabbet to overlap the previous (essentially creating a series of half-laps.) In the end, the result is to give an appearance of a wide panel made up of several narrow boards.

Small plane and bead

Once I completed cutting the initial joinery for the shiplap and did a dry run to insure they’ll fit in place, I decided to take it one step further and add another detail to the boards by breaking out an old beading plane to add some beautiful shadow lines to the plain and ordinary looking boards.

Now if you were a Woobie-level Patron of Matt’s Basement Workshop at you’ll be seeing this process as your upcoming March Bonus Episode video to be released later this week. If you’re not already familiar with shiplapping, this video should help to get you started on using it in your own projects once you see how easy it can be.

Signing up to become a Patron of Matt’s Basement Workshop is easy and gives you an opportunity to see full-length sneak previews of every episode days before everyone else, bonus footage from each episode and exclusive content made just for Patrons at this level. Just visit to get signed up for one of our four levels of Patronage today.

A full set of detailed plans are available for sale on my website, thanks to Brian Benham of Benham Design Concepts.

You can find them by visiting our new “Digital Downloads Store” by clicking here. And if you were a Woobie-level Patron of Matt’s Basement Workshop you could get a free copy of the original plan as part of your Patronage.

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