Pull out draws - best design?

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01-24-2011 09:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: slide-out draws

Hello Guys (that includes girls :)
I have to build about 16 slide out draws/shelves and I wanted your opinion on easy (best design) for quick but strong draws. I have build 3 types in the past any ideas, links or suggestions?

This is what I was going to do sinc eit was simple, fast and easy but I am open to any suggestions:


But I have built these before


And these but this is pretty time consuming and a but over kill for under the counter funtionality that she wants.


Any thoughts are appreciated

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#1 posted 01-24-2011 09:30 PM

I would think the locking rabbets shown in the 2nd photo would be quick and easy to do. Dovetails may be a little overkill (photo 3) and the butt joint in the 1st photo (these would be quick and easy as well) may potentially come apart with repeated use, especially if heavy items are placed in the drawers.

Just my humble opinion.

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#2 posted 01-24-2011 09:34 PM

#2 would be the fastest way to go, and it’s sturdy enough to hold up to use. the dovetails would basically just look better but may not add much more mechanical stability.

FYI, the dovetails in the last photo are reversed! the tails should go on the sides, and the pins should go on the front/back. if the tails are on the front and the glue line fails, you could pull the drawer front out of the pins, but if the tails are on the sides, the mechanical properties of the dovetails will keep that from happening.

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#3 posted 01-24-2011 10:10 PM

The drawers in my tool chest ( Click for details ) were done with lock rabbets … strong, easy to do, and they don’t look bad either.


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#4 posted 01-24-2011 10:18 PM

Yes, I vote for #2 – rabbet joints.

The only other thing I might do is to move the drawer guides back enough to have a full front on the drawer face which would cover up the drawer guides (unlike picture #3). It looks a little nicer and would not be any harder to do.

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#5 posted 01-24-2011 10:28 PM

The locking rabbet on Pic2 seems to be the standard quick drawer. But I always thought it weird in that it does not have any long grain to long grain glue surface. Mechanically it is a winner, as almost all of the torture is on pulling out the drawer.

Small biscuits and butt joints have also worked for me, if you are using applied front drawers.


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#6 posted 01-25-2011 03:35 AM

Can you do #1 w/ pocket hole screws? That and glue might be enough. #2 should be pretty fast once you have the parts cut to length and the TS setup correctly.

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#7 posted 01-25-2011 03:53 PM

Now that you mention it , of course the dove tails should go on the side. It was my first dove tail construction, I was thinking of to many things at one time and that must have slipped. I will remember it for the future.

Locking rabbits it is. Now to get to work. Thanks guys.

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