Learn How to Make Drawers without any Difficulty
If you are putting off projects simply due to the fact that there are drawers involved, this article explains how to make drawers for any project - without any difficulty.
Drawers are an essential component in many types of storage projects, whether you are making a chest of drawers for the bedroom, a storage unit for under the sink in a bathroom, toy storage-cum-bedside table for a kiddies room, or a console or study desk. Even when you are kitting out your kitchen with new cupboards, you will need to know how to assemble drawers for essential storage. Once you understand the basics of making a drawer, choosing a project that has drawers won't put you off and you will find yourself looking at these projects in a different light.
The main problem that most beginner DIY enthusiasts struggle with is figuring out the correct size/s for drawers for a specific project and this article, hopefully, helps you to overcome this problem.
A BASIC DRAWER DESIGN
Building a basic drawer is a simple assembly method that involves two sides, a bottom, back and front and a false drawer front. These components will be the same for every drawer that you make - no matter what material you use. When making drawers for my projects, I always use 12mm SupaWood / MDF for the drawer sides, front and back and base. For the false drawer front, I use the same material that I am using to build the cupboard or cabinet and which is usually 16mm SupaWood/ MDF, 15mm Plywood or 19 / 22 mm pine.
HOW TO DETERMINE THE RIGHT SIZE
In most instances, the method for measuring drawer size will be the same, no matter what the project. The only thing that may change is that the false drawer front may sit inside the frame rather on the outside and over the frame.
The MOST IMPORTANT measurement is that for the WIDTH of the drawers, as you must allow for the drawer sliders. If using ball-bearing drawer sliders, these are usually 14mm thick (x 2 = 28mm), but double-check to ensure the exact size for the type of drawer runners you are using.
MAKING DRAWERS FOR FURNITURE
Once you know how to measure and assemble basic drawers, furniture projects that require drawers won't seem as daunting. Why not try making a bedside cabinet for your bedroom, one that has a door and a drawer. That will give you the confidence to move on to a larger project, and from there, making drawers will be effortless. Whether you use plywood or SupaWood / MDF when you get the hang of knowing how to measure and make drawers you will be ready to tackle any project.