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Tech Shop (Round Rock) Silverware/Cutlery Drawer Insert

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How to build a drawer insert for existing kitchen drawer to hold both everyday silverware and cutlery. I made my drawer insert at TechShop.

Step 1: Step 1 Materials and Tools

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For Materials you will need:
-Wood (I used some scrap Pine)
-Wood Glue
-Pencil
-Paper
-Tap Measure or Long Ruler
-Some form of tape
-Square

Tools:
-Table Saw
-Miter Saw
-Thickness Planer (If you need to change board thickness)
-Jointer (If you like things square)
-Wood Cutting Sled

Step 2: Draw out your design

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Measure your existing drawer that insert will sit into and decide what you need to hold. Then take those measurements and use them to draft out your design. The paper draft will work as a type of prototype that you can then place all your silverware and cutlery on and find out if things are going to fit. Once I determined that my draft would work it served as my template that I referenced and worked off of the whole time I built the insert.

Step 3: Plan Scrap Wood to Thickness

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So take your scrap and if its not square then run it though the joiner.
Steps to joint a board:
1. Lay the widest board face down on joiner feed table.
2. Run board through joiner till it flat.
3. Place new square face on joiner fence and run the board edge through joiner.

You know have a board that has two square sides. Take that board and run it through the planer.
Steps to run board through planer:
1. Take the good flat side that we established on joiner, lay flat on table.
2. Adjust blade height to appropriate height (where it is just touching board top)
3. Run board through planer
4. Repeat this step as you adjust cutting blade depth till you have correct thickness.( My boards were 1/4" thick)

Step 4: Cut boards to finished depth

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Take boards and cut finished depth on table saw. With my box the outside boards were 3.5" tall, while the inside boards end up being 2" and 1" tall.
 
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