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What are my options for shallow drawers for a console table? (newbie)

by arcooke
posted 09-23-2018 12:49 PM

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#1 posted 09-23-2018 01:14 PM

For that size of drawer you shouldn’t need drawer slides. Just fill the space between the cabinet fronts and the back with a fine grained wood like maple and wax them, then make your drawers 1/16” smaller than the opening.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 09-23-2018 02:32 PM

+1 on no slides needed.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#3 posted 09-23-2018 02:39 PM

It’s true that you don’t need slides. Also, the floor of the drawer box will serve as a runner and the table top will act as a kicker. However, that’s not the ideal construction method for what you’re building. The floor does not need to be solid. It would be much better to build it as a guide and runner assembly out of a wood like maple so the drawer will slide easily. Done right, no wax is needed.

Also, using the top as a kicker is taking the easy way out. I build them with a top rail that’s about 3/4” to complement the bottom rail. Then, one or two strips front to back that are 3/4” thick serve as kickers for the drawer.

All of this can be seen in a side table project I did:
There is a wealth of information out there about drawer construction and mounting. Basically you’re dealing with guides, runners and kickers. Do a search for that and you’ll find some good articles. It’s very basic stuff and anyone can do it. One tip you might already know is to make sure that you build your table first, then build the drawer to fit, not the other way around.

There are countless really good books out there on woodworking. One in particular I can recommend is called Illustrated Cabinetmaking by Bill Hylton. It’s an encyclopedia of furniture and cabinets and the details of joinery, etc. For example it shows several different construction options for drawers as well as multiple mounting methods.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 09-23-2018 02:42 PM

I agree with Bondo. No slides and wax the bottom of drawers.

-- Bob, FL Keys

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#5 posted 09-23-2018 09:08 PM

Lots of great info, thanks everyone. Nice table Rich

I will look more into the wood slide system. What I was finding seemed a bit intimidating to me at first. After some more searching using those keywords, I found some easier methods.

That’s a good point that the bottom doesn’t need to be solid. I’ll keep working on my designs

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