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Blog entry by RaggedKerf posted 05-01-2013 01:07 AM 778 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have to say, one thing that really bugs me is the tiny drawers you typically find in bathroom vanities. I mean, I’m a guy and I don’t have very much stuff at all in there and it’s always a cluttered mess and a pain to find stuff. No matter what house we’ve lived in, it seems that the people who make vanities love to torture people.

So, I decided to do something about it. I got the idea from an article I read online sometime last year and filed away in my mind…and from the little drawers that I nested in the medal chest I made for my mom. It’s simple really—-two rails support an open box. All I did was make the rails the full length of the drawer, and half as high. Then I made the box half as deep as the drawer and half as tall.

The drawer measured 19” long, 7 15/16” wide and 3” deep. So my rails are (1/4” aspen) 19” long and 1.5” high. The box itself is (again that 1/4” aspen) 1.5” tall, 7 3/4” wide and 9” long. Now I can put frequently used stuff in the box and slide it over stuff in the back of the drawer to get to frequently used stuff in the bottom of the front of the drawer.

It’s very simply constructed, just butt joint the sides together and nail, then cut out a 1/8” thick piece of plywood to fit the bottom, clamp and nail around the edges. I hit it with the Nice Ash block plane and smoothed out all the corners until it felt comfortable in the hand. With the light stuff going in it, I wasn’t worried about structural strength at all. Besides, the bottom stretches across the entire drawer and rests on both rails, so it’s not like something can fall through. As an added bonus I got to use the little ball peen hammer I resurrected from the family tool chest! Although all the vinegar I used to remove the rust has made the handle a bit…off. It feels tacky in the hand and just not nice. So I think it needs to go. Another project! Ah….but back to the one at hand…

Confused? Here’s some pics.

Below is a shot of the drawer with just the rails installed:

Next I place the little insert in and….

Whaddya know, it holds the big bulky stuff that was usually in the back and making a mess out of everything else. But, with the flick of a wrist, the drawer slides to the back and I can still get to the other stuff I normally use:

As you can see from the pics above, I still need to attach the rails to the sides of the drawer—-I have tiny little nails for that, shouldn’t take more than 3 per side I think. I hit the rails (and all the parts, actually) with the hand planes before installation so everything is nice and glassy smooth and square.

Once I put some wax on the rails the little drawer will really glide (it already does, but it should work even better with wax). I think, start to finish, this project took about an hour.

-- Steve http://vaughtwoodworks.wordpress.com



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Dark_Lightning

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#1 posted 05-01-2013 01:51 AM

I have the same problem, but was considering putting in a grid in the drawer to keep my stuff straight up and no falling over. I have about twice as much stuff as you do in the one drawer I use in the master bath vanity. The wife has the other three drawers, the storage behind the double doors in the middle, and all of the right side of the top. And part of the left side. Oh, yeah, I also built a set of shelves into the wall between the studs on her side. She’s pretty good looking, and uses no makeup. Wow, women have a lot of stuff!

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#2 posted 05-01-2013 10:31 AM

Good idea. I also struggle with a messy vanity drawer. It looks a lot like my workshop. Do I see a red thread here?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 05-01-2013 02:16 PM

AtomJack: Yeah it is a AMAZING the amount of stuff women think they “need” to be pretty. I’ve always told my wife messy hair and an old sweatshirt can’t be beat but what do I know lol. She she showed up wearing that and had a beer in each hand I’d probably faint… I may steal that idea for shelves in between studs…our bathroom is tiny and that’s genius! Like a liittle built-in. Love it!

Stefang: If you could tell me what a red thread is (?), I’ll tell you if it’s in there. There’s dental floss in there yes lol.

Thanks for looking guys!

-- Steve http://vaughtwoodworks.wordpress.com

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stefang

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#4 posted 05-01-2013 02:45 PM

A ‘red thread’ is an old (like me) anachronism which alludes to seeing a common pattern in behavior, circumstances or evidence (my take, not sure what Webster says about it).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 05-01-2013 07:19 PM

Aha! In that case, yes, you are correct, there is a red thread here (I like that). Learn something new every day!

-- Steve http://vaughtwoodworks.wordpress.com

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