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Alternative drawer joints

I am planning to replace two cupboard units of my old IKEA kitchen with one unit with three drawers. I have most of the parts planned, except for the attachment of the drawer fronts. On the existing ...
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How heavy should the drawer front be?

I just finished building plywood drawers that are 60 cm wide x 50 cm deep x 15 cm high. They are made of 10 mm plywood, hanging on high quality soft close slides that are rated 45 kg per pair or per ...
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Thin wood (~12mm) for drawer boxes

I'm replacing some drawers I've had for a while that were built with the Hafele metal side and slider system. I will be making these new drawers with wood as I'm upgrading the slides to full ...
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Why an extra drawer face?

I am new to this site and I am neither a woodworker nor a carpenter. I’m sorry if this question sounds naive. I watched many YouTube videos about constructing drawers. Unusually it has 4 sides joined ...
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Planning for wood movement in drawers

I'm a big fan on making my own drawers and wooden drawer slides (much cheaper and less mental math than installing hardware, IMO). I tend to use this type of construction where the drawer bottom sits (...
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How to determine drawer weight capacity?

I am fitting my pantry with custom drawers, and I am worrying a bit about the weight capacity of one drawer in particular. The drawers are 14" wide and 21" deep. I've constructed them with ...
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Correctly spacing drawer runners (with soft close mechanism)

I have a cabinet carcass that I am wanting to fit drawers in, however I'm a little unsure about it and seeking some advice. My carcass is 710mm tall with 18mm base and spacer, so the height for drawer ...
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How difficult is it to go from Blum Tandem Plus to the Blum Legrabox drawer system for a DIY cabinet maker [closed]

I built a couple dozen Blum "Tandem Plus" kitchen drawers many years ago (3/4" prefinished maple), with the grey metal sides and they were relatively easy to build and install. Now it's ...
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What structures can I use for a custom plywood drawer cabinet underneath a concrete table backing onto a brick wall

I would like to build three drawers and a cupboard here: You can just see the dishwasher to the right, so the wide drawer is for plates and the narrower drawers for cutlery and such like. The back ...
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How tall can a drawer front be?

I would like to build a drawer similar to the picture below. I already have a panel-style door which is ~ 560 x 780mm with solid 20mm maple as stiles and rails. I will be pulling this drawer ~ 20 ...
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Dovetails with undermount drawer slides

To practice my dovetails, I decided to make some drawers for my kitchen cabinets. I'm using Blum undermount slides, which requires the drawer to conform to specific specifications, as well as a few ...
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What depth and offset from edge my dado / groove in particle board should be?

This is a follow-up on this question (How to make bottom for a big drawer)? I have also read this one (What are the minimum, maximum, and optimal depths for dadoes, grooves, and rabbets) and I'm not ...
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Screws or L-brackets to build a drawer unit?

I'm refurbishing my room and I have gotten to the point of building my new drawer unit/shelving units. My old ones hold themselves using wood f4 50mm screws, two on each joint. I'm debating if I ...
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Is it okay to use pocket screws to join sides to front/back rather than the opposite?

I am looking to make a "side access" pull-out 'drawer' to replace very high cabinet shelves (two shelves so high they are currently nigh-unusable). It's full depth (22.5"), only 15"...
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Wood movement on solid wood drawer with plywood/MDF bottom

I know this topic has been discussed a lot but I couldn’t find a clear answer to my question. Or I am lost in too much content without clarity on my particular question. I am building kitchen drawers ...
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Building a Cabinet with Drawers on a Budget

I want to build a cabinet with drawers but I don't have many tools. I have a drill, a square, a level, and some hand saws. Most guides make use of a table saw and dado blades. I'm thinking about ...
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How can I prevent a drawer bottom from sagging?

I am building drawers to finish a bed frame I built. The sides are made of 1x6 cedar (actual 0.75 by 5.5 inches, 19 x 140 mm). There are four drawers, each with exterior dimensions of 39 x 36 in (...
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Walnut drawer sides: Is it wise to glue-in the plywood base?

I'm making 6 large drawers (514x720x150mm) for the bedroom, with 20mm thick walnut sides (didn't realise quite how expensive that timber would be...! ) and 8mm plywood for the base. The drawer sides ...
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How to make bottom for a big drawer?

I'm making a set of amateur under-bed "drawers" from scrap. Nothing fancy, just re-using materials from old closet. This is my first project of such scale. There are intended to be 3 quite large ...
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Extending oak drawer runners

I've got a large oak chest of drawers I got a pretty good deal on a long time ago. But one of the drawers is always getting stuck, it slips off the side of the runner shown below. It then needs ...
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How can I repair my broken drawer runners?

I have under-bed dresser drawers that use two under-drawer metal runners with ball bearings. However, all of the runners are broken or missing their ball bearings. I've considered fixing the drawers ...
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How are seamless, inset secret compartments created?

Here is the example that got me thinking: How could they inset those pieces? I examined one of these in real life and it was very convincing. I couldn't find seams or joints or anything.