Utility Drawer Frame Project

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by FritzS posted 07-02-2014 07:44 PM 874 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View FritzS's profile


1 post in 1422 days

07-02-2014 07:44 PM

Hi All,
Just joined the forum. Did some searching and reading in preparation. Not sure if this is the best forum.

This will be a utility, shop project for general use and abuse.
I have about 36 to 38 wooden drawers from a business my dad ran years ago. The business closed, the drawers and contents were moved and stacked. I have them now – moved and stacked again.
I’d like to design and build a sturdy set of frames for one wall in the pole barn.
Primarily functional, dimension lumber, minimal re-saw – but strength is probably primary – and possibly the largest challenge in my mind for a successful build.

I will have to double check the final measurements – but each drawer is about 6” high, 10” wide, 20” deep.
They are pretty much a box design with the sides, face, and back the same height. There is a brass pull on the front of each.

I am tossing around a 6 row, 6 drawer – or maybe 8 row 5 drawer layout.
No slides or glides were being required – it’s utility, and there are other pieces from Dad’s shop with oak drawers and frames that are just fine with me. This means the bottom of the frame would likely have to support the drawers and their contents. Utility in Design, I am thinking hardboard for the back, top & sides. Glued screwed, joinery as necessary. Biscuits could be done.

I didn’t see anything in my searches similar to what I am wanting to do. Most of the shop design include drawer slides, the dresser designs are a lot more aesthetic than purpose.

My initial thoughts to build each layer as a frame and stack them – but that would give up on side to side strength when I get to 5 or so ‘stories’.

I would be interested and grateful for any suggestions, comments, links or feedback for such a project design from the forum members.

Best Regards,
Fritz S

2 replies so far

View JoeinGa's profile


7736 posts in 2004 days

#1 posted 07-02-2014 09:30 PM

Running with your idea of “stacking” the 5 frames, you could sheet both sides with 1/2” plywood which would tie it all together. Build all the frames, screw each layer to the one below it, then glue and screw the plywood sides on. I think it would be as sturdy as any cabinet (or dresser) you could buy.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

View JoeinGa's profile


7736 posts in 2004 days

#2 posted 07-02-2014 09:31 PM

Oh, almost forgot …


-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics