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04-20-2015 08:33 PM

Drawers for my benches are on my project list of items to do before I start tackling my display cases.

I want to create 2 types of drawers – 1 type I think I have a handle on which are sliding drawers on wheels which go underneath my work benches – I think these are fairly easy, no? Basically an open box on wheels LOL.

The more difficult ones however are a choice of 2 types – either sliding drawers – which I have no idea how to measure and install the slides – I know kreg has a drawer jig I could buy for like $60.00 which help level and align the drawers, but that is way out of my budget at the moment.

The other type of drawer I’m considering is a drop down type of drawer/shelf which I think maybe easier and more inline with my current skill level – here’s a pic of what I mean:

This doesn’t look too complicated.

I’ll be using on hand ply wood – probably 3/8” or 1/2” – I think the 1/4” is too thin, correct?

Anyway thanks as always in advance for any and all advice.

-- They said I could be anything... So I became Sarcastic! They also said making drawers is easy... I think they lied :(

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#1 posted 04-20-2015 08:58 PM

Sliding drawers. No need for the jig.

Use 1/2” ply, and don’t forget it’s not half inch. I’d suggest a lock joint, which you can do on your table saw with a dado stack. I like 1/2 ply bottom, rabbeted in a 1/4” dado in the sides. If it’s all ply, you can glue the bottom in. A false front made of solid wood is a nice touch, but add it AFTER you mount the drawer.

Get some inexpensive slides at

Build the box exactly 1” narrower than the opening (1/2” each side).

Mount the outer slide on the frame, with the front lip on the top of the frame, and the slide roughly in the middle of the drawer (or near the top if you want, doesn’t matter much). Just make sure it’s level.

Then use a spacer to hold up the drawer so it sits where you want it. Cut a scrap for each side to hold it up to the right height.

Assemble the slides, push the drawer in so it’s where you want it to be, sitting on the spacer, then slide it out a couple inches and pull out the inner part of the slide. You can then drill and screw in the first screw on each side. Then slide the drawer out some more, make sure it’s level and put in a middle screw. Then take the drawer all the way out and put in the third screw.

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#2 posted 04-21-2015 03:57 AM

+1 brtech

I am just getting done with a cabinet fit with 23 drawers same method. All the other drawers in the shop have been made the same way for years. If this is your first try use some scrap and make a practice box and then a inserted drawer. Save the box for future reference, heck you may even use it somewhere later. It looks harder than it is, some make it sound harder than it is, and a few make it harder than it should be. Words from my grandfather many years ago.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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