Problem and Solution

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Project by TerryDowning posted 09-24-2012 07:04 PM 2079 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

LOML presented me with a problem.

She has three very shallow drawers in her vanity. The slides are only 3/4 slides and the bottom is very slick. Invariably things would slide to the back of the drawers and frustration ensues. She has looked and looked for some kind of organizer to put in these but at only 1 3/8” deep, everything out there was too tall.

Redoing the drawers to be taller is not in the budget as is replacing the slides. I can’t even figure out how to get the drawers out!

So after some measurements and a few thoughts, I came up with the solution.

I used the bandsaw to rip and resaw a 3/4” red oak board from the off cuts pile.

Width is 12 7/8” length is 13 1/2” depth is 1 3/8”

Dadoes are one blade width thick from sliding compound miter saw spaced 1 inch apart from the 3 1/2” to 10 1/2”.

This is basically a bottomless box with the front and rear cross pieces nailed into the side pieces. and friction fit into the drawer.

Sides are 1/4” thick to accommodate the dadoes, front and back pieces are 3/16”, removable dividers are a bit shy of 1/8” thick. Some of the dividers are a bit shy of the 1 3/8” drawer height as I ran out of board to rip down. The remaining piece at a bit more than 1 inch does the job though. Finish is 2 coats of Deft spray lacquer.

I did three of these for the three small drawers in my wife’s vanity.

Her response: Wow, you didn’t have to build it so nice, just some boards is all I needed.

When the LOML is happy, everyone is happy.

-- - Terry

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#1 posted 09-24-2012 09:55 PM

Those drawer runners look like they were put on the wrong way round, the c section part should be on the carcase, the narrower slide should be on the drawer side – which is why you can’t remove the drawer.
Nice dividers.

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#2 posted 09-24-2012 10:14 PM

Thanks for the input on the slides. I’ll have to look into that.

Ideally entirely new drawers is the plan, but that will take some doing. Like removing and reworking the face frame etc. The dividers should fit the bill for a bit.

-- - Terry

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#3 posted 09-25-2012 09:11 AM

I think Renners got it right.
Remove drawer from slides, remove slides from carcass, re-install slides.
Nice job on the dividers.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#4 posted 09-25-2012 03:24 PM

If I go to the trouble of re-installing slides, I’ll just replace with full length slides.

They don’t appear to be all that expensive.


-- - Terry

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#5 posted 09-25-2012 05:46 PM

I think everybody’s right on the drawer slides being in backwards. Won’t take to long to fix it. By the way, when your wife said you didn’t have to make so nice, just a couple of boards tacked together, you can get some brownie points by telling her the extra effort was all for her. She doesn’t deserve anything less. Wink, wink.

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#6 posted 09-25-2012 05:52 PM

I am in great sympathy with your wife. I do not know why they make these wide, deep, shallow drawers. Things constantly get pushed to the back and you can not even slide your and in to get them. Let alone when things get jammed up against the top and you can not even pull the drawer out!

I have some of these drawers and I put in that plastic coated non-stick grid stuff. This is way better. Onto my to-do list this goes.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#7 posted 09-25-2012 05:56 PM

Great solution Terry, and I’ll bet you got a big hug for that … now, back to the shop … happy boy, happy boy :)

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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