Drawer Layout How To….Mudroom Locker System

Since this is a continuation of the previous video build then lets just get to it. First, you need to measure the interior measurements of the cabinet carcass. In the picture below you see that my upper cabinet drawer cavity measures 10 3/4”. Now you don’t need to have the slides installed like I do but it helps. The instructions of the slides specifically say to take 1” away from the interior cabinet measurements. So in this instance, my drawer outer dimensions are going to be 9 3/4”.

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What you need to do now is find the measurements of each drawer piece. Since you have two left and right pieces, you need to subtract those measurements from the overall dimensions of the drawer. This will give you the measurement of the front and back but you also have to accommodate the 1/4” tongues on either end of the front and back. So you have to add the 1/2” total measurement to the front which will give you the dimension you need. The sides are easy. Whatever the slide length is, just cut the sides to that length.

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Now just cut your pieces to length.

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Now, I started the dados/grooves for the drawer bottoms. The easy way is to do it, is by putting the two outer blades of a dado stack together and running the stock through one time. However, plywood isn’t exactly 1/4” and this type of cut creates an over-cut for the plywood and the drawer bottom will rattle when assembled. Not my cup of tea. So by taking a flat bottom bevel blade and two separate passes (moving the fence slightly) you will achieve the perfect width and depth for this joint.

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Boy, I tell you, if you haven’t extended out your wings on your table saw like I have done with my Ultimate Table Saw build, then you really need to consider getting that done.

It makes life so much easier with cut offs like you seen above. Plans are available on my website.

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Put a chipper blade in between the outer blades to increase the width of the blades. You will also need to use a sacrificial fence to keep from damaging your factory fence. This will allow you to sneak up on the measurement to achieve the 1/4 x 1/4” tongue for the dado.
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Once you have the perfect fit, and all your 1/4” bottoms are cut to size, you can now assemble your drawers. With the help of my Assembly Table, it makes the assembly so much easier. Use glue and pin nails on all the sides, fronts and backs and let the bottoms float.
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Clamping is super easy. Do each drawer clamping in stages by stacking them one at a time to ensure clamping on each drawer before the glue sets.
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All I had to do left is to cut the doors and drawer fronts along with the 1/4” pine strips.
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Thanks for reading and sharing. I really hope that this clears up some questions that some of you have had on how to layout measurements for your drawers. Take care and be safe in your shops. BOOM!!!
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