Drawer Bottom: 1/4-inch Plywood or 1/4-inch Solid Wood

Today I built a drawer as part of a project, and for the bottom I used 1/4-inch solid wood instead of 1/4-plywood.

I’m using 1/4-inch stock because the drawer carcass parts have a 1/4-inch rabbet on their bottom edges, which allows for the bottom to set fully flush.

I did this for two reasons: 1) I’m trying to meet certain specifications for a client, and 2) I didn’t want a lot of leftover 1/4-inch plywood lying around, which usually gets tossed or maybe gets used in a jig or as part of a template.

The challenge, though, was that the widest 1/4x I could get was 5 1/2-inches wide (1/4×6) and the drawer bottom needed to be 9 inches. Why the problem? My drawer bottom wasn’t going to be one solid piece, which I would have with the plywood.

So to solve this problem, I came up with an alternate solution to another component of the drawer.

The drawer is very shallow, so I couldn’t use standard drawer slides. I needed to create my own system, which simply became a series of runners on the bottom of the drawer and the case in which the drawer will be placed. (This project is for beginners/intermediate skill level.) The runners (three total) on the drawer then became the substructure for the two bottom parts.

First, I attached the bottom parts to the drawer carcass using glue and brads. Then I attached the runners to the bottom of the drawer carcass parts using glue and brads. I marked their position on the inside of the drawer (other side of the bottom parts), then flipped the assembly over and nailed brads through the drawer bottom parts and into the runners.

The case runners were centered with the middle drawer runner and offset so the drawer front sits flush with the case opening.


Published in: on March 9, 2010 at 1:59 am  Leave a Comment  
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