Drawers

From quick and easy to hand-cut and fussy, there are a number of ways to design and construct drawers for furniture. Depending on the project and your skill level, consider these options before you get started:The Basics: • Choose a method of construction:
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  • Two Pulls That Pack a PunchTwo Pulls That Pack a Punch

    by Ross Day

    These two pulls will add panache to doors and drawers of all sizes. They can be scaled all the way up for an entry door, graduated in size for a chest with drawers ...

  • Build a Desk in a DrawerBuild a Desk in a Drawer

    by Christian Becksvoort

    The top drawer of this bureau is what's known as a "butler's desk," a Shaker design where a writing surface and cubbyholes are discreetly hidden behind what looks ...

  • Tradition with a TwistTradition with a Twist

    by Jonathan Binzen

    The rules of joinery and wood movement are observed in John Lee's curvy chest of drawers, even as the maker cast aside all traditional notions of design. Learn ...

  • How To Build Perfect DrawersHow To Build Perfect Drawers

    by Gerald Curry

    Follow these steps by seasoned furniture maker Gerald Curry to build drawers that are solid and stable, made to fit each pocket precisely. From the basics of construction ...

  • How to Build Storage into Any BedHow to Build Storage into Any Bed

    by Tony O'Malley

    Take advantage of what has traditionally been wasted space by building storage drawers into your bed. This design has six drawers underneath that provide as much ...

  • Three Ways to Clamp a DrawerThree Ways to Clamp a Drawer

    by Matt Kenney

    To achieve the perfect fit between drawer and pocket that every furniture maker wants, you need to use a handplane—removing small amounts from each side of the ...

  • From Firewood to FurnitureFrom Firewood to Furniture

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Michael Fortune turns gnarly logs into parts fit for furniture....

  • Vertical-Grain, Stepped Drawer FrontsVertical-Grain, Stepped Drawer Fronts

    by Jonathan Binzen

    See how a pair of bandsaw jigs helped Michael Fortune turn a rough log into decorative wedges that he used to provide a stepped surface for drawer fronts on a walnut ...

  • Butternut BeautyButternut Beauty

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Garrett Hack mixes classic styling with playful details in his butternut cabinet....

  • Carved Pulls Give a Handmade TouchCarved Pulls Give a Handmade Touch

    by Timothy Coleman

    There are times when a traditional door or drawer pull doesn’t seem right, or is not practical, as in drawers located behind doors. For these situations, a pull ...

  • Not-Quite-Secret DrawersNot-Quite-Secret Drawers

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Learn the details of how Garrett Hack installed the "secret" side drawers in his butternut cabinet....

  • How to Build a Swing-Out DrawerHow to Build a Swing-Out Drawer

    by Garrett Hack

    A spin-out drawer is one of Garrett Hack's favorite ways to add a bit of whimsy to his tables. Drawers that swing out are fun, but they are also useful in situations ...

  • Easier Joinery for Curved Drawer FrontsEasier Joinery for Curved Drawer Fronts

    by Alan Turner

    To produce predictable curves and accurate joinery on a bowfront dresser, Alan Turner built a series of jigs: a two-part bending form, a cradle for crosscutting ...

  • Tips for Drawer Runners and KickersQ & A: Tips for Drawer Runners and Kickers

    by Christian Becksvoort

  • Workbench Tool Storage SolutionsEditors PickVideo: Workbench Tool Storage Solutions

    with Ed Pirnik

    Learn how to outfit a set of workbench drawers with a variety of customized tool storage solutions as Ed Pirnik outfits his Not-So-Big Workbench with chisel and ...

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