Greengate Ranch Remodel
Remodeling a Daylight Ranch in Oregon

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Home Theater #28 - Cabinet Drawer Boxes

With the help of my son, I completed the cabinet drawer boxes yesterday. I used pre-finished 1/2" birch plywood, which I bought at Shurway building supply in Portland. I always give these guys a plug: discount prices, friendly people, interesting selection of materials.

I assembled these with polyurethane (Gorilla) glue and 1" staples. I have made a number of drawers this way over the past few years, and none of them have come apart.

These large drawers are really wide at 36". They are sized to hold blankets and pillows.
  • Normally, I use 1/4" or 3/8" plywood for the bottoms - in this case I use 1/2".
  • I also put a strong-back across the top of the drawer back. This and the drawer fronts will keep the boxes rigid. If they are going to fail, it would be from flexing.

    Today I will mount the drawer slides and hopefully get the fronts made. I always use the heavy-duty, full extension slides and stay away from the cheap "euro" ones. I use to use the cheaper ones, but had a number of problems with them, and I think they make a project feel like it's lower quality.

    Gene said...

    I haven't made that many drawers and have used heavy-duty full extension sliders for the few I have. Can you explain about the cheap "euro" ones? I haven't looked around a lot, just found the heavy-dutyiest ones I could find at Home Depot.

    TTFWEB said...

    The Euro drawer slides are the ones with the nylon rollers that only open to 3/4 of the drawer depth. At HD the are the small white ones. I think you were right to buy the heavy duty ones.

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