How to Build a Swing-Out Drawer
Add a twist to your furniture with a swing-out drawer
Synopsis: 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 where traditional slides and guides would be cumbersome, such as in curved cabinets. Using a small table as an example, Hack demonstrates how to lay out the drawer plan and drill a precise pivot point, which is key to making this type of drawer successfully. He then shows you how to bend and laminate wood for the curved drawer side, and cut the angled dovetail joint that joins the curved side and the front.
I’m always trying to find amusing and different ways to incorporate drawers into my furniture. I’ve even made a drawer within a drawer. But one of my favorites is a drawer that spins out. Its surprising opening action is simply fun. spinout drawers work well in a square opening, as I’ll demonstrate here, but they’re also useful in situations where traditional slides and guides would be cumbersome, such as in a curved cabinet, where the pocket isn’t rectangular. However, because the single pivot point replaces traditional runners, this drawer design is meant for light-duty work.
The challenges in building a spin-out drawer are drilling a precise pivot hole in the drawer front, laminating the curved Different spin on Drawers Add a twist to your furniture with a swing-out drawer BY GARRETT HACK side to the right shape so that the drawer opens without binding, and cutting joints for a non-rectangular drawer. I enjoy the process. I’ll illustrate it from start to finish using a small table as an example.
When incorporating a spin-out drawer into a piece, you need to start with a plan, or top,…