|Project by Renaissance_Man||posted 02-15-2017 12:24 PM||352 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
Our house was built in 1972. The kitchen cabinets are original to the house and were these tacky looking English Tudor sort of things in a style popular back then. They were covered in this sort of “industrial grade” contact paper that was bubbling and peeling. The kitchen drawers are these open ended plastic tray things stapled to the particle board fronts. All the drawers were still going strong, except one, which had both broken from its front, and the overhead drawer slide had broken off. Somebody had attempted to repair it with epoxy for the front and a piece of coat-hanger wire for the slide. I wasn’t in the mood to mess with it, so I took it out completely and for about three years, we lived with a hole were the drawer had been.
I was kind of spooky about fixing it, because my experience with making drawers in the past hadn’t been all that great. But the wife had finally had enough and wanted it fixed.
Part of the problem is that the stove protrudes and the old drawer was hitting it, which is why it broke, I think.
So, rather than try to fit a drawer into the existing hole, I made this sort of “insert” which would just slide into the hole, drawer, slides, and all, with bit of extra space on one side so the drawer would clear the stove (you can see a sort of ‘false drawer front’ to the right of the drawer). I used a Jay Bates youtube tutorial about making drawers with pocket screws ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKVo-rLv-W8 ). The sides are half inch birch ply, and the bottom is 3/16 floor underlayment. I kind of screwed up and glued the drawer front on, when I should have screwed it on. Oh well.
But the thing slides in and out and doesn’t bind, unlike every other drawer I’ve attempted previously.