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01-12-2014 09:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: video drawer construction

DISCLAIMER: I hope nobody get’s bent out of shape here. This isn’t an attack at any other drawer joinery. There are hundreds of quality options for making drawers.

This is a short video showing my preferred method of making drawers. It’s fast, easy, and pretty strong. I have been making nearly all of my drawers this way for years. I have never had one fail on me. The main purpose for me sharing this video is to give a less intimidating drawer construction method for those starting out.

-- Jay -

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#1 posted 01-12-2014 09:29 PM

With twenty screws in it, it better not fail.
I’m not faulting your way at all, but I use a lot less screws in a table.
All that matters is that it works, as far as I’m concerned.


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#2 posted 01-12-2014 11:04 PM

Jay, that’s a well done video. I learned things and I appreciate your taking the time to do the filming.

No disclaimer needed! Good stuff.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#3 posted 01-12-2014 11:38 PM

A much faster and stronger way is to omit the grooves for the bottom. Glue, nail all around and square the bottom in one go. Side mount runners hide everything.

-- Bill....... " was you dryin' your nails or a wavin' me goodbye?" Tom Waits

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#4 posted 01-13-2014 03:17 AM

once again great video jay.i hope to learn how to do a dovetail one of these days,but i feel like this way is a viable way also.thanks again.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#5 posted 01-13-2014 04:06 AM

Hmmmmm. Stronger quicker easy????? I’m not thinking that this is the case. Buddy has to think outside the box!

Still got a 1/4” bottom, which sags in wide pot drawers. and how does he keep them square in assembly. Two materials, multiple cuts per peice.Certainly not stronger, nor I dare say effecinet in production.

There are perhaps faster, cheaper, stronger shop systems which finish up better and are faster quicker and simpler to assemble up square, and no messing around with pocket screw clamps and which only use one material.

Still I totally agree that there’s a whole lot of drawers out there that are put together with crap material. and I too have replaced a whole lot of them, but they still keep getting made!!!

-- Real_cowtown_eric

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#6 posted 01-13-2014 04:38 AM


1/4” bottom is strong enough for anything in my kitchen. If we’re talking about a pull out router storage drawer than no, not strong enough. Square cuts with your table saw blade will ensure self squaring butt joints with pocket holes.

It’s all relative. A Corvette can be marketed as fast. Compared to a Mustang or 99% of other cars out there the statement is accurate. Compared to a Ford GT1 inaccurate.

I still think this method is easy, quick, and strong.

-- Jay -

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#7 posted 01-13-2014 05:45 AM

I’m just relating my experience in the kitchen industry in Australia. No grooves for bottoms, 16mm whiteboard for pot drawers, the runners will cover 16mm. If a draw is 500mm x 500mm, the bottom is cut 500mm x 500mm. Too easy.

-- Bill....... " was you dryin' your nails or a wavin' me goodbye?" Tom Waits

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#8 posted 01-13-2014 06:08 AM

JSB….I DO speak from a lot of experience in the maintenance area as well as from the fabrication point of view. . A 30” pot drawer with a 1/4” bottom instlalled 10 yrs ago sagged more than enuff to drag on the bottom within six months. I ain’t makin it up. My mistake.

And like you, I’ve spent many years (20+) fixing really crappy kitchen drawers. I’ll be frank, butt joints ain’t exactly illustrative of the cabinetmakers art or skill, don’t yu agree?

What I figure I can do in my kitchen and get away with, worst case is I fix it for my wife. Do it for a client, and worst case is they get me back to fix it and trash my rep. I can do without that callback and negativity. Can you?

Corvette, mustang, GT1 I know nothing about except don’t buy one made on Monday!—

If you like what you do, more power to ya buddy. Keep at it, don’t even think about listening to me.


-- Real_cowtown_eric

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#9 posted 01-13-2014 06:25 AM

Nice video. I guess your disclaimer was a waste of time.
Some people will always want to argue…..................

-- mike...............

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#10 posted 01-13-2014 06:48 AM

Butt joints are considered the weakest joint out there ,but with tons of mechanical connectors (screws) that changes the equation considerably ,and makes for a relatively strong drawer. I don’t think this kind of construction is something a customer would feel is a quality drawer,but for a light weight shop drawer or some kitchen use it might be fine.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 01-13-2014 11:33 AM


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#12 posted 01-13-2014 01:48 PM

Pocket hole joinery is pretty solid. Those should last forever as close as they are drilled.

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#13 posted 01-13-2014 02:15 PM

What’s everyone b*tching about? Those drawer joints will never fail, and the reason for the slots is so the drawer bottom can be replaced. I say nice job.

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#14 posted 01-15-2014 04:21 AM

why would you have to replace drawer bottoms?

-- Real_cowtown_eric

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#15 posted 01-15-2014 04:39 AM


I work in an apartment complex in a college town. I ask my self “why” in regards to broken stuff all the time.

-- Jay -

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