How to Build Solid Drawer Bottoms
Plywood is easier, but it can leave a hollow feeling
Synopsis: Garrett Hack has repaired more than a few solid-wood drawer bottoms in his day, but he hasn’t lost his enthusiasm for this construction method. Plywood might be easier, but solid wood is better and more appealing, he says. And it is not difficult to make a drawer that will last through the ages unhampered by seasonal wood movement. Here, he explains how to make a fit a basic drawer bottom and shows a few variations for large and small drawers.
Plywood is popular for drawer bottoms because it’s easy, but I think a solid bottom is better and more appealing. Solid wood is plenty strong, and it’s definitely more attractive. Solid wood is also easy to customize: You can use thicker, stiffer stock for heavy drawers, or very thin, light stock for the smallest ones. You can use a wide variety of woods, and some, like cedar, have…