How To Make Pine Drawers

The drawers are simple plywood boxes with housing joints at the corners and 'laid on' false fronts made from pine.

FIG 16.6

Middle drawer plans and section, and drawer runner, with dimensions.

5in (127mm)

Side view

(15 x 6mm)-recess

Drawer side

(15 x 6mm)-recess

Drawer side

5bin (140mm)

Front and section through drawer

Drawer runner

bin (12mm)

Drawer runner bin (12mm)

7^in (21mm)

  • 5/8in (15mm)
  • 14bin (359mm)-

4bin (114mm)

Side view

4bin (114mm)

Front and section through drawer

Front and section through drawer

  • x 1/4in (15 x 6mm) recess
  • x 1/4in (15 x 6mm) recess

•—3/8in (9mm)

\

7/i6 x V4in

(10 x 6mm)

recess

  • in (9mm)
  • x 1/4in (6 x 6mm) rebate

FIG 16.7

Top drawer plans and section with dimensions.

Pine Drawer Plans

FIG 16.8

Drawer construction.

FIG 16.8

Drawer construction.

Side view

Front and section through drawer

6in (152mm)

15/8in (15mm) - 14Vsin (359mm)

  • x %in (15 x 6mm) recess
  • x %in (15 x 6mm) recess

Drawer side

(181mm)

Drawer side

FIG 16.9

Bottom drawer plans and section with dimensions.

Front and section through drawer

(181mm)

1 Lay out all the drawer sides on a sheet of plywood to enable them to be cut out in the most economical way. Once the best arrangement has been found, saw the sides from the sheet, and then plane all the edges smooth and square.

On the sides, but not the fronts and backs, use a router with a flat cutter to make the long grooves for the drawer runners. Adjust the fence on the router and then cut the rebates in the sides that will house the front and back of each drawer. Finally, on the inside bottom edge of the sides, front and back, cut the groove into which the plywood base will slot.- Try the joints to ensure that they fit and that the drawers are square and the sides are parallel.

2 Cut out the drawer bases and try them for accuracy of fit, then glue and clamp the drawers (see Fig 16.10). Try the drawers in the carcass to ensure that they fit. Cut out the false fronts and plane the edges.

3 Cut the handle pieces to size. Form a rebate along the length of each piece, to provide the overhang on the front of the drawer which will be gripped to open the drawer. Round off the protruding part using a plane, file and glasspaper. Glue and clamp the handles to the false fronts, and then glue and screw the false fronts to the fronts of the plywood drawers. For this, you will need to drill screw holes right through the plywood •fronts.

bin (12mm)

bin (12mm)

Chamfer the corners

Round the corners with files and glasspaper

Chamfer the corners

Round the corners with files and glasspaper

FIG 16.10

After gluing, the drawer is clamped.

To find the position for the false fronts, put all the plywood drawers into the carcass and stick the false fronts to the plywood fronts with any temporary adhesive that will allow the front to be manoeuvred into the correct position yet is strong enough to allow the drawer to be taken from the carcass and the position of the screw holes marked. Find the position for the screws by piercing holes in the back of the false fronts using a bradawl pushed through the holes drilled in the plywood fronts. Take the false fronts off the plywood fronts, re-glue with woodworking adhesive and screw permanently into place. Glass-paper the drawer fronts, particularly the end grain.

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