Introduction: DIY Vertical Drawers (+ Video)

About: Hello, I'm Niki. I like to make things and save money while I am doing it.

These drawers are cheap and easy to make.

In this project, I use pallet wood palings and non-structural pine for the vertical drawers.

And angle iron for the drawer sliders.


The materials I used are as follows:

  • Pallet wood palings.
  • 35x70 non-structural pine.
  • 5mm angel iron 25x25.
  • Chipboard screws.
  • Stain (in the color New Jarrah).
  • Drawer handles.

Step 1:

This is what the area looked like before I started.

Step 2:

I then made a built in television cabinet up top.

Youtube - DIY Television Cabinet

Step 3:

Starting with a basic frame to support the drawer sliders.

I also framed up this part of the floor.

so it’s ready for the flooring to go in later.

Step 4:

I then marked and leveled off were all

the drawer runners will be going.

Step 5:

The sliders are made from 25x25 mm angle iron.

And are 5mm thick.

Step 6:

Owen welded on flat bar to the ends.

These will act as stoppers to prevent the drawers from

pulling all the way out.

Step 7:

Drilled holes either end.

Step 8:

Then used a larger drill bit on the surface

to counter sink the screw heads.

Step 9:

Starting with the base of the drawers.
I am using 35×70 non structural pine.

Step 10:

Measure and mark to your ideal size.

Step 11:

And cut those to length.

Step 12:

I then run those through the table saw
to rip them in half length ways.

Step 13:

I now have front, back, and sides
of the drawer fame.

Step 14:

Mark and pre-drill either end of the side pieces.

Step 15:

Attached them to form a rectangle.

Step 16:

Checking to make sure it will fit.

Step 17:

I then set up my cross cut jig and stop block

to quickly cut all of my base pieces to length.

Step 18:

I use chipboard screws for all of my builds. because they are affordable.

Step 19:

Square up the first paling before attaching.

Step 20:

Then add on the rest of the base pieces.

Step 21:

Moving onto the sides of the drawer

and setting the stop block to 250 mm

Step 22:

If you are interested in this work bench.
Then you might want to check out this video.

YouTube - How to Make a Work Bench

Step 23:

Pre-drill and counter-sunk, 1 end of either length.

Step 24:

Attach them around the perimeter of the base.

Step 25:

For the remaining gaps.

I take the individual measurements from each side.

Step 26:

Rip the lengths to the required width.

Step 27:

Tap it into position.

Step 28:

Moving onto the top edge.
I set the table saw to 25 mm

Step 29:

Run a full length paling through a few times.

Step 30:

Measure the length of the base.

Step 31:

Tighten the pipe clamp until the top edge is the same length as

the base measurement.

Step 32:

Mark out all the holes.

Step 33:

Drill and counter sink.

Step 34:

Attached with chipboard screws.

Step 35:

2 drawers down, 3 to go.

Step 36:

To prevent the drawers from pulling all the way out,

I attached stoppers on the underside of each drawer.

Step 37:

The stoppers are 25 mm wide,
I then turned them side on to cut a depth of 10mm

Step 38:

I did this to prevent it from catching
on the drawer bellow it.

Step 39:

Time to attach the face of the drawers.

Step 40:

Because these will be attached from the back side,

I added registration marks and level line.

Step 41:

I can now clamp the face piece
precisely were it needs to be.

Step 42:

Now that the face of all the drawers are on.
It is time to stain them.

Step 43:

I am using Water based stain in the
color ‘New Jarrah’.

Step 44:

Watered it down to a 1:1 ratio
'Thank you Auntie Neash for leaving your bowel at our place'.

Step 45:

I only do 1 coat.

Mainly because I couldn’t be bothered to do any more.

Step 46:

I got these drawer handles from eBay

for $1 each.

Step 47:

Mark out and drill the holes.

Step 48:

Then attach the handles.

Step 49:

I added a couple of dividers
to some of the drawers.

Step 50:

If you have any questions or would like a bit more information,

then feel free to leave a comment on my YouTube video.

And I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Step 51:

If you like building with pallet wood, or other cheaper materials.

Then you might want to check out some of my other videos or Instructables.

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