|Project by jeff_wenz||posted 07-31-2012 07:37 PM||3762 views||57 times favorited||19 comments|
My wife wanted some dividers to go in her silverware drawer. I saw it as an opportunity to design and build “the ultimate silverware drawer.”
One of the initial problems is we only have 2 drawers in our kitchen. So we try to shove a lot of “stuff” into this drawer. We have certainly used up all available space horizontally, but we were wasting space vertically. I thought a possible solution would be the design of a 2-level drawer to help maximize this space. Building a removable tray was one option, but having to lift something out to get to something under the tray seemed like a pain. Somewhere (maybe on Lumberjocks), I had seen the idea of a drawer within the drawer. This would work perfectly for my use.
The drawer is 20” wide, 21” deep and 4 3/8” tall. The drawer is made from maple with a plywood drawer bottom. The finish is a couple coats of Deft lacquer. My wife likes to keep food storage like plastic wrap, aluminum foil, sandwich bags, etc. in this drawer. So those items dictated the size of the left side of the drawer. Those items are too tall to accommodate a 2 story approach. So the double decker drawer is only on the right side.
The secondary drawer is built with ½” maple with a 1/8” plywood drawer bottom. It has self-closing 20” side mounted drawer slides. This drawer is installed with a cutout in the back of the main drawer so when the main drawer is open, the secondary drawer “opens” into the now vacant cabinet space. I hope the pictures explain the concept better than I can explain it in words.
The majority of the dividers are permanent, but some have felt on the ends and are moveable. Overall, I am happy with the design and execution of this project. I don’t know if this is the ultimate silverware drawer, but it sure is an upgrade in our kitchen.
What do you guys think? Is it the ultimate silverware drawer or not? What feature is it missing?
-- Jeff, North Carolina