By Matthew Teague

Whether it's a tiny drawer in a jewelry box or the wide, deep drawer of a dresser, all drawers are little more than a box that slides into an opening. There are nearly endless combinations of constaiction methods that can be used to build that box, but a few stand out as the best blends of beauty, strength, and efficiency.

Drawers can be made of solid wood, plywood, or a mix of both. Drawer fronts often become the focal points of a piece, showing off spectacular figure in a board or sheet of veneer. They can be flush to, recessed into, or overlapping the front of the case, and they can be decorated using beads or profiles. Corner joinery, at both the back and front of the drawer, can range from simple butt joints to variably spaced dovetails. Drawer bottoms can be made from solid wood or plywood. The drawer joinery and materials you choose should fit the type of furniture you want to build— quick-to-make joints and inexpensive materials for drawers in a utility cabinet, finely crafted joints and quality materials for drawers destined for an heirloom piece. Regardless, when it comes to building a drawer, the most important joint is the one that connects the sides to the front.

Strong joinery ensures long drawer life

Most stresses on a drawer occur at the front corners— after all, a drawer is opened by pulling on the front. Any action that isn't straight in or out of the drawer pocket also causes racking stress, which hits the front-

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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