Introduction: Cardboard Benno Drawers

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If you have a lot of little things to store, Ikea Benno shelves are really great for that, but what makes it even better is to have drawers for them.

Step 1: Materials

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corrugated cardboard - approximately 1/8" to 3/16" thick (free)
white posterboard (Dollar Tree 50 cents)
white glue
cutting board
cnc cutter or xacto knife

Step 2: Cut Out the Pattern

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I created two drawer patterns so far.
One is a one and one half inch high drawer, the other is a two and three quarter inch drawer.

Both designs are attached

Step 3: Glue the Outside Bottom

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this is best described with video

Cut a piece of cardboard 6" x 6 1/8"
Align it inside the outside bottom pattern
Draw lines one inch in from the outside edge as shown in the video
glue between the lines
place onto the outside bottom pattern

Step 4: Glue the First Two Sides Sides

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cut two pieces of cardboard 5 1/2" x either 2 1/4" or 1 1/4" depending on which drawer you are making.

glue to the sides of the outside bottom pattern as shown in the video

clamp with a bit of cardboard to protect the finish while it sets up

Step 5: Glue Last Two Sides

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This is where it gets tricky and you will probably want to watch the video...

First glue the two inner tabs down to the side
Add another layer of glue
Insert the cardboard 5 1/2" x 2 1/4"
fold the second two inner tabs down over the cardboard
Fold the outer shell down over the cardboard and insert the flap under the bottom shell

Step 6: Designed in Sketchup

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I made the drawer in sketchup first, then I just unfolded them using the flattery plugin..


mole1 (author)2012-08-02

Great idea!
(LOVE the cat!)

foobear (author)mole12012-08-03

oh, thank you!

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