Intro: Making Drawers Useful
You may recall from my last Instructable (https://www.instructables.com/id/Making-a-Lathe-Bench/) or not, I ended by saying that I had obtained this homemade bedside chest free at a yard sale and incorporated it into my lathe bench but I didn't like that the drawers were so deep. I finally did something about it. Since the original used simple wood frame sliders I planned to simply cut each drawer in half (more or less), make new frames and get twice the drawers at a usable depth.
Step 1: A Few Words About Tools, Materials and SAFETY
This is a picture of the original frame.
For TOOLS, I used:
- Table Saw - you could use a circular but it would be harder to control
- Drill Press again, you could just use an electric drill
- Tape Measure
- Countersink Bit, Drill Bit
- 12" Steel Ruler for a spacer
For MATERIALS I used:
- A few pine offcuts cut into 1/2" X 3/4" strips
- A couple of pieces of 1/4 plywood for drawer bottoms
- A little glue
- A few 1 1/4" and 1 5/8" screws
- 3/4" brads
For SAFETY I used:
- Safety Glasses
- Ear Protection
- Best Practices - no loose clothing, wait until all motion ceases, THINK before you do anything!
Step 2: The Process
First I cut the drawers in approximately half, minus 1/2" for the new frame and 1/4" for the new bottom. Next I countersunk and drilled (for clearance) the strips for the new frame. I laid the metal ruler on top of the bottom half of the drawer to act as a spacer then screwed the new frame pieces in place. It was a fairly simple procedure - just kept moving the spacer around.
Finally, I cut the 1/4" plywood bottoms and fastened them to the top halves with brads and glue.
Step 3: A Better Mousetrap (or Chest of Drawers)
Luckily (or because I planned well) all the drawers fit and slide easily. I now have four drawers that I can use to put one layer of stuff into and easily find it when needed. I left the bottom drawer deep for some bigger stuff.
Maybe some day I'll make the finishes match......but probably not. I prefer function over form.