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Forum topic by Sawdust2 posted 1903 days ago 866 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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1903 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: traditional kitchen utensils

My wife asked me to make spaced inserts for the kitchen drawers.
The store bought were lots smaller than the space.
So I made some that fit the drawers.
Unfortunately (for me) there must be some sort of ergonomic design

I took the various sized kitchen utensils and made” boxes” in the boxes that were sized to fit the utensils.

Not the right sizes. Not the right positions.

So, does anyone have any ideas on how to organize drawer organizers?

My first thought is to just copy what is commercially made but in slightly larger sizes.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#1 posted 1903 days ago

I usually use the plastic jobs from Wal Mart. Forks, Spoons, Knives… doesn’t really matter to me the order. If your wife is particular I would ask her what she wants… I know the first time I assume something, my wife is going to ask me to change it LOL.

-- San Diego, CA

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#2 posted 1898 days ago


One thing I’ve done is to lay out all of the utensils my wife has. A LOT of them are sizes that typical drawer inserts just don’t address… gives you a different perspective

-- Sam

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#3 posted 1894 days ago

Warning: engineer’s perspective follows:

How about this: Next time you empty your dishwasher, sort all of the utensils by type and put the highest count items near the front. In my house it would be something like this:

20 small spoons
15 small forks
10 big spoons
5 big forks
2 knives

So, in my house, when someone opens the silverware drawer, chances are good they’re after a small spoon or small fork. I’d plan my insert layout to have those items stored closest to the front.

If I had a bandsaw or scroll saw I’d love to make one of these…


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#4 posted 1894 days ago

I’ve made them like a thin drawer that fits inside the drawer with dado’s from one end to the other opposing end and make dividers that slide in and then dado’s in the dividers so every thing is adjustable. just don’t make the dividers to thin or the slots to frequent.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 1893 days ago

Darin, I tried that. Ithought it was very efficient and practical.

My wife is an artist. They did not look right. She wanted stuff set up differently.
I think we have reached an accord on five of the six drawers.

Jim, the slats are 1/4” to 3/8” thick. I figured that is too thin to put more than 1 dado in per piece because it would weaken to too much.

I was able to rescue most of the slats by heating the joints with a hot gun.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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