Kitchen Flatware Drawer Adjustable Inserts

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Forum topic by Lovegasoline posted 06-09-2018 06:23 PM 542 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-09-2018 06:23 PM

I’m about to make a couple flatware drawers and was curious if there’s any good adjustable insert system that can be made either before or after the drawers are fabricated. I’d prefer not to have a bunch of unused slots cut in the drawer sides or anything that’s too busy looking. I prefer something clean, sleek, unobtrusive.


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#1 posted 06-09-2018 09:23 PM

Love, make as many long dividers as you think you will want. Then, make many short dividers of varying lengths that will friction fit between the long dividers. Swap out the short dividers to provide any lateral adjustment you desire. I did this in a jewelry box, but never for a kitchen drawer. It seems like it should work. HTH

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#2 posted 06-09-2018 09:34 PM

Lee Valley sells these:,43722,43743&ap=1 and these:,43722,43743&ap=1

But personally I think that adjustability is overrated. If you’re worried about slots in the drawers, make one with a thin plywood bottom. You can just use glued butt joints for the dividers, since the glue to the bottom adds a lot of strength. Make it slightly oversized, then cut it to fit the drawer very exactly. Something like this (but make it yourself):,43722,43743&ap=1

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#3 posted 06-10-2018 01:43 AM

While maybe not your taste as they are aluminum perhaps the idea they use would be helpful to manufacture your own.

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#4 posted 06-13-2018 10:47 PM

Thanks for the ideas.

I want to keep the drawer looking clean and sleek and less tinker toyish or overwhelmed by dado grooves. I’ve got a couple dado’d adjustable divider’d drasers I’ve made for general storage and they work well, but want the flatware drawer to to be a cleaner presentation.

jdh122, your second option is close to what I was considering as it seems easy to make and replace if I’d need to change the layout down the road. Adjustability would be useful to me as I’ve very limited drawer space here. For example I’ve just got a new flatware set and some pieces are too long for my present plastic flatware tray. To maximize storage space I want to be able alter the layout down the road if need be.

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