How To Build A Simple Drawer?

The best thing about drawers is that they are one of the simplest DIY projects around. The main reason so many people don’t bother with them is that the project seems too complicated or time-consuming.

But, once you learn how to make them, you’ll have all kinds of fun options for your new drawer organization system.

First, you can make them as traditional, solid-sided drawers or as hanging or sliding drawers. You can also integrate them into the design of any room in your house, and not just your kitchen.

A simple drawer is the perfect way to add storage space to any room. They are extremely versatile and there are endless ways to customize them to fit your style.

You can make drawers fast and easy by using a power drill.

Use the power drill to drill evenly spaced holes into the sides of your drawer sides, two inches from the front edge.

Then, use the power drill to attach tubes to the holes by screwing them in. Finally, use the power drill to install knobs into the tubes.

If you’re not sure where to start, then this article is for you. I am going to go over the basics of building a simple drawer.

Things to Consider before you start

  • Make sure you know your measurements.
  • Make sure you have the right tools for the job.
  • Plan and prepare for the job.
  • Assembly is the most time-consuming part of any project.
  • Read and follow the instructions carefully.
  • Measure twice, cut once.
  • Do one step at a time.
  • Build in the order of the instructions.

Materials needed

First, you will need to collect the following materials;

  • Wood
  • Nails
  • Glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Saw
  • Screwdriver
  • Power drill, if needed
  • Hammer
  • Stain or paint
  • Drawers kit like knobs, hinges and pulls.

Steps by steps Process to make a Drawer

Do you want to learn how to make a drawer? If yes, then here is the process for making a drawer step by step.

Each of the steps is very specific, so even if you follow the instructions to the letter, you’re guaranteed to end up with a perfectly fitting drawer.

Let’s start! 

1. Measure your space

First off, measure out the drawer dimensions of your space, including depth. This will help determine what type of secure drawer you need.

If you want it to slide under something else, like the legs on an end table, you might need a deeper drawer than if you wanted it on top of another piece of furniture.

2. Determine what material you want it made of

Next up, decide whether you want wood or plastic. Wood lasts longer but requires maintenance while plastic doesn’t chip or fade easily.

But, either material has its pros and cons. For instance, wooden boxes get more scratches from daily wear and tear, whereas plastic ones may look nicer because their finish lasts much better.

3. Decide on how many shelves/Drawer boxes you need

Once you know which materials you’re using, figure out how many shelves

4. Choose which side should be open

Now comes the tricky part! Choosing between left open versus right closed. There’s no wrong answer here; both sides work well depending on your preference.

But I recommend choosing one side over the other since most people prefer things to line up when opening an overlay drawer.

That said, if you really love symmetry, flip everything upside down and see which looks better.

5. Find some sturdy screws or nails

Depending on the size and shape of your drawer material, you could use wood screws or nails to secure it together. Though, it helps to choose at least two types of fasteners to ensure stability.

6. Cut out pieces and assemble with glue

Next, cut listing out on the table saw. This step helps keep track of which pieces to use when making each part.

It’s very important to do it before starting because if something goes wrong, you won’t know exactly what piece you’re missing.

After determining which parts of your box will form each shelf, cut those pieces apart. Then glue them back together. Remember to leave some extra clearance so you won’t run into problems later.

7. Attach hardware and finish

Now comes the fun part! Grab some hardware such as knobs, pulls, hinges, and attach them to the front of your drawer.

Last but certainly not least, finish the project. For us, this means applying some waxes and polyurethane sealant.

Finally, give your whole unit a coat of paint or stain to match whatever color scheme you’ve chosen.

8. Enjoy!

What Type of Plywood is used for Drawers?

There are two types of plywood used for drawers. Check this out below;

  • Exterior grade plywood

Exterior grade plywood is ideal for drawers because it is solid and provides more structural rigidity.

You can make a DIY project by using exterior plywood for drawers. This kind of plywood panel features a smooth surface and comes in thin sheets.

It is available in a variety of colors to match the overall look of the actual project. The thickness of the plywood you need depends on the number of drawers you want to make and the exact size of each drawer.

  • Interior grade plywood

Interior grade plywood is a type of cabinet grade plywood with layered construction, typically comprising three layers: a core layer, a face layer, and a backing layer.

This is a plywood grade that is used inside of cabinet drawers, furniture, and other projects the interior grade is smooth and has a consistent thickness and appearance so that it is an attractive option for plenty of projects where the surface will be visible

Interior grade plywood is pressed and shaped into sheets or panels by using different methods of manufacture. Their chemical properties are suitable for indoor use.

Ways to make Drawer Slides Easier

A drawer slide is a mechanism that enables a drawer to smoothly move underneath a cabinet. When you need to open a drawer and don’t want it to make a racket, you can install clearance drawer slides to make them soundproof. 

  • You can make a drawer slide by fastening a wooden board vertically underneath the simple cabinet drawer using small nails, then attaching another piece of wood horizontally to the board using several wood screws.
  • You can make a drawer slide by modification of a closet door roller using a few tools and hardware.
  • You can make drawer slides easier to operate by using a drawer slide lubricant to reduce friction. You can also reduce friction by greasing the drawer slide.

Conclusion

The best thing about drawers is that they are the easiest DIY project around. Fast and easy drawers are built by using the right materials and adhering to basic techniques for construction. 

Always begin with the front of the drawer. The front is the most visible part of the drawer and provides a foundation for the drawer front and sides.

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Scott Buckley

I'm Scott, a Woodworker by day and book geek by night. I love making things out of wood. While I have and still, on occassion do, work with metal and plastics, I find them to be cold and somewhat boring. Wood is warm and I feel close to nature with it. I started TeachMeDIY.co.uk as a means to help like minded creative folk to answer burning questions. I hope you enjoy reading and learning, and always feel free to reach out to me should you have any questions!

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