SKILL LEVEL advanced
by Dremel ®
Tools & Accessories
1Dremel 150 1/8" Drill Bit
1New or used dresser
1Small sheet of melamine material
1Pet food &/ or water dish with lip
Let's Get Started
To reduce the risk of injury user must read instruction manuals for all tools used in this project. Wear eye and respiratory protection. Use clamps to support work piece whenever practical.
The first step we took for our dresser is to cut the dowel pins that secured the top of the cabinet. You might find that this is required for your dresser as well. To do this, we used our Multi-Max MM20 tool equipped with the MM480 Wood Flush Cutting Blade. With your tool set to a medium to high speed make a plunge cut between the dresser top and face panel to sever each dowel pin. Once complete, remove the top and set aside to use later. Before moving onto step 2, remove & reserve the drawer fronts to attach to future cleats for false front.
Next, secure the top you just removed to your work bench and using the Saw-Max equipped with the SM500 Wheel, cut a 2.5" strip from the back edge. From a fresh piece of melamine, cut an inner shelf you'll later secure inside of your dresser. Measure the interior dimensions of your dresser and mark your material to that size. Cut along your marked lines. At this step, you'll need to cut another piece of material to the interior dimensions of your lower drawer, then cut that piece in half. These two pieces will hold the food & water dishes into the drawer once the project is complete.
Before you begin securing the newly cut pieces into place, you'll need to create a series of cleats. We marked a series of 1" cleats on extra 3/4" plywood we had on hand. Using the Saw-Max equipped with the same SM500 Wheel, cut along the marked lines.
Using your Saw-Max tool & SM500 blade, cut the cleats & drawer divider to size per the measured lengths for your dresser. You'll need the following : • (A) 1 for top hinge support • (B) 2 for false drawer front attachment • (C) 2 for rear panel support • (D) 2 for inner shelf support If desired, you may want to pull out your handy Dremel 3000 tool equipped with the 150 Drill Bit to make a series of pilot holes in your cleats before you secure them into place.
Now that your cleats are ready, you'll first use them to attach your inner shelf. Determine the height you want your inner shelf to sit at. We sat our shelf far enough down from the top of the dresser so we could place a large bag of dog food inside. Secure one cleat along each side of the dresser using a drill and 1" wood screws.
Finally, attach the remaining cleats as shown here. • (A) 1 for top hinge support • (B) 2 for false drawer front attachment • (C) 2 for rear panel support • (D) 2 for inner shelf support
Secure the drawer fronts you reserved to the front panel cleats.
Next, secure the 2.5" strip you cut in step 2 across the top, back of the dresser through the top, back cleat. Fasten the strip to the top of the dresser you reserved from step 2 with 2 hinges.
Next, measure and mark the circular cuts you'll need to make for your lower bowl drawer. Mark lower drawer pieces you cut in step two 1/2" smaller than the diameter of your pet's food & water dishes. This will allow the bowls to recess into your drawer & will hold them securely into place. We used the 561 bit, mounted the Circle Cutter onto our tool, set the diameter to the appropriate length and began cutting at full speed. Cut in a clockwise direction using consistent, moderate pressure. Depending on your dresser's design you may be able to simply lay the two pieces onto the top of the drawer or secure them with 1-2 screws. TIP: To assemble the cutter, unscrew the pivot foot knob and turn the picot foot over so that the center point is down. Next, remove the nosecap of the 3000 tool then thread the Guide onto the threaded portion of the tool, turning clockwise until tight (do not over-tighten).
For an added decorative touch, we miter cut & secured molding across the bottom of our cabinet. To complete a miter cut using your Saw-Max tool: 1. Measure and mark the desired cut line on the trim. 2. Position the Miter Guide over the wood in the designated location of the cut. 3. Clamp the cutting guide to the workpiece in the desired location to make the cut. 4. Firmly hold the tool and make the cut.