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Why an extra drawer face?

So my question is why does it need another plate to be the face. Why not the face act as one of the sides? Sometimes the front-facing drawer side does also serve as the drawer face. There are various ...
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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'd just build a small, free standing cabinet that fits into the space. At some point you will need access to the stuff in back, and it will be a lot easier for future you if it is just something you ...
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How to determine drawer weight capacity?

Is the Sagulator a reasonable way to figure out drawer weight capacity? No. Does a glued dado count as 'fixed ends'?. If you glue in yes, but the dados front and back change things completely. You ...
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Alternative drawer joints

An easier way to approach this is to build the drawer box using any number of strong corners such as dovetails, finger joints, biscuits or spline attached corners without the front face panel. Set the ...
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Dovetails with undermount drawer slides

You haven't significantly compromised strength by removing the last pin and the back of a drawer actually doesn't need to be that strong1 so I don't think it's a big concern. But obviously it is best ...
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Alternative drawer joints

My first idea was to use a dovetail joint, but to do that, as far as I understand I need to use a piece of wood approximately twice as thick as the present front and cut out parts on the side... Yes ...
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Thin wood (~12mm) for drawer boxes

Since your concerns seem to be centered around the thickness (or thinness) of the material, let me start with the fact that I've built "plenty" of drawers out of 12mm (1/2") material ...
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Why an extra drawer face?

You could build a drawer the second way, but it's not practical for any scale of [edit: home] production. You'd need to figure out a way to hide the fasteners or joinery that attaches the front to the ...
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How to make bottom for a big drawer?

Bottoms are planned to be made from 3mm thick hardboard. This is the part you should probably change. If you make the bottoms from something much stouter it will self-support. You could go up to 6mm ...
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Walnut drawer sides: Is it wise to glue-in the plywood base?

you should be fine. the drawer sides are thin enough that expansion/contraction of them is not an issue. furthermore, although you are pinning the dimension of the drawer from the inside, the outside ...
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Dovetails with undermount drawer slides

I'd like to keep using this style of slides on the rest of my drawers. Are those slides just incompatible with dovetails, or is there some trick so that I don't end up with a missing pins? I can ...
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How heavy should the drawer front be?

A solid wood front added to an existing drawer box will be absolutely fine. If anything, it’ll be better, as it will give a solid ‘thunk’ when it closes.
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How tall can a drawer front be?

Nothing is stopping you from making a false front the full height of the drawer and reinforcing the connection between the false front and the body of the drawer. This was the connection between the ...
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Is it okay to use pocket screws to join sides to front/back rather than the opposite?

I see the ovals on the bottom - I presume these represent the holes from the pocket screw jig to allow it to attach to the back. I presume that there will be similar holes in the bottom going into the ...
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What depth and offset from edge my dado / groove in particle board should be?

I'll share my own experienсe Particle board is quite isotropic in all directions (unlike typical wood with directed grain). Sharp router bit spinning at 28k rpm produces very clean cut, without any ...
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Extending oak drawer runners

It looks like the runner is screwed into the frame. In this case unscrewing it and adding spacers between the runner and the frame, then screwing back should provide a solution. You should probably ...
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