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03-19-2014 03:27 PM

I am building some boxes that are 30”x30” and about 24” deep that will hold two 4” drawers and two 10”drawers. The boxes will serve as a bank of drawers under my 2×4 framed reloading bench. Some of the larger drawers might have to hold some bullets, but I cannot see loading them full of heavy bullets since I have so many other pieces of reloading gear to house. With that having been said, I am trying to decide where I need to use 3/4” BB and where to use the less expensive 1/2” BB? What do you think?

Thank you!

Andy

-- www.creeativewoodworking.com


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#1 posted 03-19-2014 03:44 PM

trouble with 1/2 ply for cases is there is not much to screw to. Traditionally cases are 3/4. Drawers for sure can be 1/2. Will you be using hardware drawer slides or ?

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#2 posted 03-19-2014 03:45 PM

I think that, provided you use solid joinery (dados, rabbets, pocket screws, etc), the 1/2” should be fine. It sounds like they’re relatively small, won’t get moved around or abused, and won’t hold much weight. One thing to consider is that 1/2” does not leave much depth for the screws that mount the drawer slides, and limits the depth of the joinery. I’d probably use 3/4” for those reasons, and save the 1/2” for the drawers.

Edit : Looks like Jack and I posted at the same time…so yeah…what Jack said.

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#3 posted 03-19-2014 03:48 PM

man I just went to your page that sword case is AWESOME!

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#4 posted 03-19-2014 03:59 PM

Thank you Jack!! That project took me quite a while and I sweated over it quite a bit because it was for a good friend of mine son.

3/4” for the carcass is a good plan – I will do that. So, 1/2” for all of the drawer parts including the bottom will be strong enough for most items short of a drawer full of bullets?

Thank you!

Andy

-- www.creeativewoodworking.com

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#5 posted 03-19-2014 04:01 PM

I would use 3/4” plywood or BB for the drawers. The 1/2” thick material is IMO difficult to make strong joints as there is just not enough material. I would be a shame to build with 1/2” material and then find the drawers are not strong enough.

As mentioned, it will also make a difference if you are using drawer slides or not. If no slides then you can put a lot of pressure on the drawers pulling them out and pushing them in.

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#6 posted 03-19-2014 04:03 PM

I will be using metal slides for sure.

Thank you!

Andy

-- www.creeativewoodworking.com

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#7 posted 03-19-2014 04:05 PM

Is it a full single 30 (well, more like 28) inch-wide drawer?

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#8 posted 03-19-2014 04:28 PM

I vote for 3/4 inch sides, face frame front and 1/2 inch back. That should make a rock solid cabinet. The big box stores sell Birch or Maple. Put the good side facing outward and you should be good to go.

100# full extension drawer slides should work great. Soft close is a plus if you so desire.

1/2 inch for the drawers should be fine.

Good luck.
Mike

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#9 posted 03-19-2014 04:28 PM

Yes. 28” would be correct.

Andy

-- www.creeativewoodworking.com

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#10 posted 03-19-2014 04:33 PM

I think 1/2” would be fine for the drawers, but if you’re concerned about sagging, you could add re-enforcement to the bottom, or make the bottom out of 3/4”.

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#11 posted 03-19-2014 04:44 PM

I’d use 3/4 BB as well.

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#12 posted 03-19-2014 05:04 PM

I would have to agree with some of the above posts, 1/2” should be plenty, but attention will have to be given to the jointery, the stronger the better!

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#13 posted 03-19-2014 05:22 PM

On the deep drawers (10”), I will probably do a 1/2” dado. For the smaller, 4” drawers I will probably do a 1/4” rabbet into a 1/4” dado. Sound reasonable?

Andy

-- www.creeativewoodworking.com

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#14 posted 03-19-2014 06:21 PM

If you’re already cutting the 1/2” dado for the deep drawers, might as well just do them all that way. One setup for all the drawers. What does the 1/4” rabbet get you, besides less rigidity?

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#15 posted 03-19-2014 06:24 PM

A whole 1/4” more of drawer depth!..... Valid point.

Andy

-- www.creeativewoodworking.com

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