|Forum topic by harriw||posted 11-13-2015 04:19 AM||1026 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
11-13-2015 04:19 AM
I’m drawing up a cutting table (for cutting fabric prior to sewing) for my wife, and have a question. I have a very limited space remaining that I’m trying to turn into thread storage. I’m thinking something similar to what I (and many others) did on my router table for bit storage – a vertical stack of “drawers” that’s are just a bottom with no sides, sliding on wood runners (holes are drilled in the drawer bottom, or in an insert that sits on the drawer bottom, and bits are inserted in the holes). In this particular case, I’ll glue dowels into the holes to hold the spools of thread.
In the past, I’ve built these by attaching wood drawer runners to the sides of the case, or just having the drawer bottom ride on a dust frame, which works perfectly. I usually add an “upper rail” as well to prevent the drawer from tipping as it’s pulled out.
In this case though, I’m extremely space constrained, and trying to shoe-horn this in. I can’t afford the vertical space eaten up by full-width dust frames, and would like to keep the drawer runners as narrow as possible. What if I eliminated the drawer runners altogether, and just had the drawer bottom ride in dadoes cut into the plywood case sides (cabinet-grade birch, 11- or 13-ply, depending on whether or not you count the veneer)?
My gut tells me that this is a bad idea, and that the drawer riding in that dado will tear up the exposed endrain in whatever layer of plywood is aligned vertically. But I’m wondering if anyone has ever tried this, and how it worked out? I may try this along with a very thin drawer rail glued flush with the dado to provide some extra support? All that thread can add up to more weight than you’d think by the way… Her box of thread weighs about the same as my drawer full of router bits.
Thanks a lot in advance for any insight you guys (and gals!) may have!
-- Bill - Western NY