A Better Way to Build Drawers
NK-style drawers are easier to fit, offer smoother action and have a longer life than traditional drawers
Synopsis: The problem with drawers is excessive wear and too much friction; the NK-style drawer solves both these problems. The NK drawer design explained and demonstrated here uses a separate bottom assembly to eliminate the drawbacks of standard drawer designs. Complete directions are given for making this better-designed drawer.
Consider a dresser drawer that is 16 in. deep and 30 in. wide. Let’s say that every time it’s opened it travels 12 in. out and 12 in. back in. If this drawer is opened once a day for 30 years, it will have traveled more than four miles, carrying its load of sweaters and jeans solely on the thickness of the drawer sides. By then it’s probably running like a brick over a cheese grater. Worse, if the wear extends into the groove for the drawer bottom, it will damage not only the drawer but also the carcase itself.
Side-hung drawers avoid…