Purchasing a new kitchen is extremely costly these days. It costs thousands just to get the sideboard in place, let alone the cabinets and the drawers. However, the latter two are absolutely essential because they provide the storage space you need for all your cookery utensils, crockery and other items relevant to the role of your kitchen within your home. However, you can save money and exercise your DIY skills by building kitchen drawers and cabinets yourself.
Building kitchen drawers is a relatively easy home improvements task that does not take long to do at all. In fact, it is possibly the simplest of the kitchen DIY tasks involved in renovation. Although you do have to leave 24 hours or so for the adhesive you use to set, it should not take you more than 20 or 30 minutes to build a kitchen drawer from start to finish.
You do have to make certain considerations when you are to begin building kitchen drawers. For example, it is essential that you have the kitchen design complete and the stand that the drawers are to go in completed. This is because you should constantly check the measurements and fit of the kitchen drawers before gluing and nailing the drawer sides and front in place.
If you make a mistake but do not routinely check the measurements and fit then it will be too late to do much about it after everything has been glued and nailed in place.
You should also make sure that you have the right materials and a little knowledge of the order in which to do tasks. For example, you should have unfinished wood to make the drawers from because applying varnish or another form of finish to the wood beforehand can actually cause weaknesses when the nails are applied and can also interfere with the adhesive in some cases. Having said that, the method of building kitchen drawers is fairly straightforward.
You should decide on measurements in advance and get enough plywood to be able to cut the back, sides and bottom first. You may also want to cut the front out of plywood as well, although some homeowners prefer to have a hardwood at the front because of the aesthetics.
The front of the drawer should always be higher than the back by anything above an inch, depending on the size of your unit and requirements. Each side and back piece should be cut half an inch longer than you need it to be. The rest of the method is as follows:
- 1. At the end of each of the side pieces, draw a line from the outside corner to half an inch in on the top of the panel and cut straight down that line. With the back panel, do exactly the same but at both ends. These pieces will then fit together to form an even drawer a little later on.
2. Exactly half way down the side panels, remove a strip of wood that leaves a ridge half an inch deep and half an inch in width to make a gap to slide the drawers on the runners. Make sure it is smooth and that both ridges are in exactly the same place on either side.
3. Remove a piece a centimetre from the bottom of each panel (on the inside) that the plywood will slide into. You will need to measure the thickness of the plywood to do this accurately. Make sure that you can slide the plywood through the ridge easily before moving on to the next step.
4. Glue the back and sides together with a strong adhesive and leave it to set for a few minutes before nailing the panels together. This will result in a box, minus the front.
5. Leave the drawer an hour or so before sliding the plywood into the groove to attach the bottom of the drawer. Slide it out and run a bead of adhesive along the ridge before sliding it back in.
6. Finally, attach the front panel with adhesive and allow it to dry for a couple of hours before nailing the front to the sides.
7. Finish the wood and then add the handles and your drawers are good to go.
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