The Drawer System

 

 

What is a good quality drawer box?

  • The drawer is visible when opened, so it should be made of real wood for the best appearance.
  • The best drawers have dovetail joints on all four corners of the box.
    • Dovetail joints are attractive.
    • Dovetail joints are interlocked, so they are stronger than pinned or doweled joints.
  • Silverware is heavy! Since drawers hold heavy loads, the box should include a captive plywood bottom.
  • A drawer box that is surfaced with melamine will be easier to clean.
  • The drawer box should have four sides. This seems obvious, but some manufacturers cut corners by building a three sided drawer. The header acts as the fourth side, which compromises the strength of the drawer box.

 

 

What should you look for in drawer glides?

  • Drawers should roll easily on the glides and stop automatically so they don’t fall out.
  • Full-extension glides let you roll out the drawer completely to get at all the stuff at the back of the drawer.
  • Better drawer glides include a self-closing feature. Give the drawer a nudge, and it quietly closes itself.
  • Look for undermount glides.
    • When glides are mounted underneath, drawer box can be wider.
    • Undermount glides don't catch dirt the way side mount glides do.
  Dovetail joints are interlocked, so they are stronger than pinned or doweled joints

Dovetail joints are interlocked, so they are stronger than pinned or doweled joints

  When glides are mounted underneath, the drawer box can be wider. Plus, undermount glides don't catch dirt the way side mount glides do.

When glides are mounted underneath, the drawer box can be wider. Plus, undermount glides don't catch dirt the way side mount glides do.

  Silverware is heavy! We route the sides of the drawer box and slide in the bottom panel, making it "captive" and much more stronger than a bottom panel that is simply glued on.

Silverware is heavy! We route the sides of the drawer box and slide in the bottom panel, making it "captive" and much more stronger than a bottom panel that is simply glued on.