Kitchen Cabinet Drawer Boxes

Kitchen Cabinet Drawer Boxes

Determining the appropriate drawer box depth is a little more complicated than determining the other drawer box dimensions. To get the best use out of the drawer the main driver for the depth of the drawer box will be the size of the drawer glides you use. For example, if you’re using these Knape & Voigt 22″ Economical Full Extension Drawer Slides you’ll want to make your drawer boxes 22″ to get full advantage of the full extension feature. Figuring out what size drawer slides to buy will be determined by your cabinets construction and size. First you need to measure the inside depth of your cabinet where you’ll be installing your drawer. Measure from the back of the cabinet to the front of the cabinet as shown. If you’re cabinets will have overlay drawers, where the drawer front sits in front of the cabinet body as pictured above, take the measured depth of the cabinet and look for a drawer slide that is 1 to 2 inches shorter than that measurement. The size of the drawer slide you selected will determine the length of your outside drawer depth. If you’re cabinet design calls for inset drawers, where the drawer fronts will be installed flush with the front of the cabinet, then you need to account for the thickness of the drawer front. In the above example we’ll have a 3/4″ thick inset drawer front installed in a cabinet with a depth of 16″. That means we’ll be looking for a drawer slide that is an inch or two less than 15.25″ and build our drawer box depth so it matches the size of the drawer slide we’ll select. Step 6: Length of Drawer Box Sides, Front and Back
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Kitchen Cabinet Drawer Boxes

Table saw or circular saw with guide to cut plywood Router, table saw or circular saw with guide to cut dados Miter box, power miter saw or table saw to cut to length Kreg Pocket Hole Jig Drill Tape measure Straight edge Step 1: Drawer Box Construction Overview Before we get into the details let’s take a look at a typical drawer box construction. There are many different ways to build drawer boxes, some require special tools and skill while others are are very simple but not very strong or attractive. I think that using pocket hole joinery for drawers achieves a great balance between strength, appearance, cost and ease to build. That is the method I’ll be describing. Below is an image of an assembled drawer box minus the drawer slide hardware. Using a separate drawer box and drawer front makes it easier to construct the drawer and provides more flexibility when aligning the drawer front on the cabinet. The drawer consists of 6 main components. The drawer box sides, front and back, the drawer box bottom, the exposed drawer front and the drawer pull. 2 wood screws are used to secure the drawer front to the drawer box, 2 machine screws hold the drawer pull in place. Not visible are 8 pocket holes and screws that attach the back and front to the sides. The bottom sits in a dado (groove) cut into the sides, front and back. Here is an exploded view of the drawer to give you a better sense of how it is constructed.
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Kitchen Cabinet Drawer Boxes

Handmade Solid Wood, Unfinished Dovetail Drawer Boxes Amish Cabinet Doors is proud to offer quality dovetail drawers and rollout trays at wholesale prices. You may order your dovetail drawer boxes in 1/8″ increments for side, end and height. Sides and ends are built of 1/2″ and 5/8″ solid wood. (Brown Soft Maple is your best value.) Bottoms are built of 1/4″ matching wood. Bottom insert is 1/2″. We have found that most people desire to receive their dovetail drawers and rollout trays “ready for use.” The price quote given for your dovetail drawer boxes include assembly, finish sanding and finishing with a two coat clear lacquer. Woods available for your dovetail drawer boxes or rollout trays are: Aromatic Cedar, Birch, Brown Soft Maple, Cherry, Mahogany, Red Oak, Walnut, White Hard Maple, and White Oak. Please consider Amish Cabinet Doors for your supplier of quality dovetail drawer boxes. We are large enough to handle any size order but still small enough to personally insure quality. Get Price Quote Drawer Box FAQ
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Kitchen Cabinet Drawer Boxes

The drawer consists of 6 main components. The drawer box sides, front and back, the drawer box bottom, the exposed drawer front and the drawer pull. 2 wood screws are used to secure the drawer front to the drawer box, 2 machine screws hold the drawer pull in place. Not visible are 8 pocket holes and screws that attach the back and front to the sides. The bottom sits in a dado (groove) cut into the sides, front and back.
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Kitchen Cabinet Drawer Boxes

To find a replacement drawer, first measure the height, width and depth of the opening. Subtract an inch from the width and height and at least half an inch from the depth to allow space for the drawer slides and easy fitting. Then, if you know someone who is handy with tools, get that person to make an open box for the drawer. Or you may be able to order one at a home center or lumberyard. There are also numerous online companies that make custom-size replacement drawers and allow you to order just one drawer. Cabinet Door World (cabinetdoorworld.com) has a particularly easy-to-use ordering system. There, a plywood drawer box 4 inches high, 18 inches wide and 20 inches deep is $34.59. Or, if you happen to find a drawer box at a store that sells used building materials, be aware that it’s fine if the drawer is not as deep or as tall as your measurements, but the width is critical.
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Kitchen Cabinet Drawer Boxes

You will also need to buy drawer slides matched to the depth of the drawer box. Home centers and lumberyards sell these. You don’t need anything fancy — the white, epoxy-coated type is fine. The bottom-mount style, which has a piece that wraps around the lower side edges of the drawer box, is easier to install than the side-mount type because it aligns the drawer box automatically. From the pictures you sent, it appears that the original drawer used the easier kind, so buy that. If it’s the right match, you might be able to reuse the parts attached to the cabinet box, saving you the hassle of removing those and then attaching replacement parts in the correct locations. But if the previous drawer had the other type of slides, just make the switch. Drawer slides are sold only in sets, so you will have all the parts you need.
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Kitchen Cabinet Drawer Boxes

If drawers or doors are missing, you will need to replace them. Our custom cut replacement doors, drawer fronts, and replacement cabinet drawer boxes are well-designed, all wood, and built to last. We offer custom sized replacement cabinet doors and replacement drawer boxes that are fully assembled and ready for installation.
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Kitchen Cabinet Drawer Boxes

Wait to attach the drawer front until you have installed the drawer box and know that it’s sliding in and out correctly. It’s tricky to align the drawer front correctly, so get some double-sided tape and use that to tack the pieces together. Take care to align the front so that gaps on the sides, top and bottom are even. Then screw through the drawer box from the inside, using at least two screws, to secure the drawer front to the drawer box.
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Q: Before I bought my 18-year-old townhouse, the previous owner apparently broke a kitchen drawer, disposed of the drawer box and just pasted the front of the drawer over the opening. That front face has now fallen off, and I’d love to replace the drawer using the existing front. How do I go about this? I don’t know how to get a drawer in the right size and how to attach the front face, which matches the cabinets. I tried calling a cabinet place, but I guess the job is too small and people who do smaller jobs say they don’t handle cabinets or drawers.
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Before we get into the details let’s take a look at a typical drawer box construction. There are many different ways to build drawer boxes, some require special tools and skill while others are are very simple but not very strong or attractive. I think that using pocket hole joinery for drawers achieves a great balance between strength, appearance, cost and ease to build. That is the method I’ll be describing. Below is an image of an assembled drawer box minus the drawer slide hardware.
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To help our customers make better decisions about their Custom Drawer choices, we have developed Drawer Builder. For quick order please choose PreSelected Combos, for more choices and flexibility choose Design Your Own, and for rare and unusual drawers please choose Specialty Drawers section. Our newest addition Cabinet Doors & Fronts was added per your request, just to complete the one stop shopping for all your Custom Drawer Boxes needs.
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Dovetailed drawer boxes have been a mark of distinction for centuries. Whether you need a kitchen full of custom dovetailed drawers with special features, or a single, cabinet drawer box for a single cabinet opening, Keystone is ready to meet that need with fast service and quality workmanship.

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