In the next couple of months I am going to start the first piece of bedroom furniture for my wife and I. The set was featured in various issues of Wood magazine during the first half of 2009 (shaker style). The set includes two style of dressers with each having dust panels between the drawers. What I would like to know is what is the purpose of a dust panel? In researching a bedroom set not all dressers called for dust panels. It seems like a lot of extra work and materials that doesnt appear to be 100% necessary. Basically I will need to make a frame and panel for every drawer.
I fully intend to stick to the plans and make them but I would like to understand the purpose of them and why some dressers have them and some dont.