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Posted on drawer bottom thickness & do you rabbit thicker bottoms

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#1 posted 10-03-2012 11:14 AM

I have built a lot of drawer over the years. When I make all plywood drawers I use 1/2” Baltic Birch sides and 1/4 Baltic Birch bottoms set in a 1/4 dado. The 1/4 Baltic Birch is dam near a full 1/4 and fits in the 1/4 dado perfect. Its pretty darn strong too. All my shop drawer, kitchen drawer are made this way. At my work place with the School District I’ve built a lot drawers with 1/4 bottoms for years. No problems.

I the picture below my wife who weight in at 120 lbs is standing smack in the middle of a 22 X 44’’ drawer that has a 1/4’’ BB bottom. I measured the deflection in the middle and it was 1/4’’. I generally use 100lbs rated full extension ball bearing side mount drawer slide which I figure will fail before the drawer bottom will. If you like to over build I’d say you’re well on your way.

BTW what you using for drawer slides?

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