I made my drawers after assembly for a better fit. I chose the more time consuming route and built flush-inset drawers with integral faces. 3/4” cherry fronts, 1/2” red oak sides, and 1/4” plywood bottoms. The final look is worth some added fuss.
I don’t have the skill to execute hand cut dovetails, so the rabbet joints get pinned with cherry dowel for added strength and a nice visual contrast. It’s a bit of a compromise, but I prefer the look over machined dovetails and it only takes a few minutes to drill and pin a few holes.
Some sanding gets everything into one plane with fairly tight joints.
I chose center undermount slides (Accuride 1029) to keep a clean look on the drawers. They are a bit stiff and don’t extend as far as I’d like, but the price was right. The trick with these is to ensure the plywood bottom is recessed the perfect amount and the slide is placed dead center or else the gaps between the drawer face and face frame won’t be even. This is why applied fronts would have been an easier route. I forgot to take a photo, but I glued a small piece of wood inside the drawer so the screw had more wood to bite. Future drawers with under-mounts will get a 1/2” bottom.
So at this point I have a finished box and three installed drawers, which is pretty exciting. The next post should have a finished nightstand!
I’m kind of embarrassed I let this project sit for so long, but the sale of our home put things on serious hold for awhile. Let me tell you that making furniture is way more fun than moving it. I’m glad that I’m back on track. Thanks so much for reading.