Simple Cutlery Drawer Solution

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Project by cabinetman posted 2693 days ago 2516 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a “double decker” cutlery drawer in an existing drawer. It was too deep to be maximized with one level for silverware. So, basically made dividers for the bottom layer as a one piece insert. For the top layer made a tray that lifts out (it’s loose), but has its own bottom. On the top outside edges of the bottom layer, laminated strips of formica. On the underside of the top layer laminated strips of formica (light color), so that when the tray is dropped in it will slide – formica on formica is pretty slippery.

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#1 posted 2693 days ago

that’s smart! I recently put dividers in my drawer which is also very deep. I never thought of using the double decker method!!
Love the knife holders at the back.

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#2 posted 2693 days ago


Thanks for the comments. This idea also works good for shop tools like drill bits and router bits, chisels, carving tools, screwdrivers, etc, or when you have many items that aren’t too high, and you want to incorporate them in one drawer. I’ve done dental offices that there were a gazillion of the short drawers for instruments and such. The advantage with this is you don’t need the extra hardware, and have to make too many drawers for the same space.

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#3 posted 2693 days ago

Formica slides! I’ve used the tape on was just ok. That should hold up a lot better.

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#4 posted 2689 days ago

Cool idea.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#5 posted 2688 days ago

Very cool! I will have to be careful, if my wife see this I think I know what my next project will be – not that she directs a lot of my shop activities :)

At least I will know where to go for advice.


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