Drawer Box Height?

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Is there a standard formula, measure for figuring out height of the box? Certain space needed in between drawers? 1” smaller on all sides of the drawer front? I guess it doesn’t matter, just want to get it done w/o problems. I RTFF’d and didn’t find anything.

I’m laying out drawer fronts first and then sizing height to those. Is that the way it’s usually done?Thanks

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#1 posted 313 days ago

I wrote an Excel spreadsheet which calculates the arithmetic progression of drawer heights for a given overall height (minus the sum of the dividers), the number of drawers, and the ratio of heights of the top and bottom drawers.

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#2 posted 313 days ago

I am not an expert but I have been doing some research because I am fixing to build some cabinets myself.

Instructions that come with the Porter Cable dovetail jig say to make your drawers in one inch increments + 1/4 inch.

So if my drawer opening is 5 inches, I will make the drawers with 4 1/4 inch high sides. That will leave a little clearance on the bottom and top so the drawer slides in and out without binding.

I will also be making false fronts. Other designs may vary some.

100# full extension drawer glides usually require 1/2 inch clearance for each side plus 1/16 inch wiggle room. That has worked well for me.

So you need your hardware before you get started.

You tube has a lot of videos about building cabinets with with various ways of building cabinets.

Edit: I also created an Excel sheet to help determine drawer spacing.

Hope this helps.

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