Drawers for the Cubby Storage Open Bases

These huge drawers fit inside the Cubby Storage Open Bases and can hold everything from


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Shopping List: 

In addition to the wood (I will not list this because if you are building the drawer, there is a good chance you are using the scraps from the matching cubby), you will need:

1 – 18″ pair of undermount drawer slides
Edge banding if you are using plywood instead of boards
Drawer pull or knobs
2″ Nails
1 1/4″ Nails
Wood Glue
Wood Putty
Sand Paper
Desired finishing supplies (paint, varnish, stain, etc)

2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
General Instructions: 

Cut out all your boards as directed above. You must be certain that all your boards are perfectly square. Use a metal square or see the HOW-TO section for a video on how to check for square. Use 2″ nails or screws (unless otherwise directed), and always use glue.

Fits the Cubby Open Base Plan
Cut List: 

Cut List for 1 Drawer for Cubby System Open Cubby Base Unit

A) 1 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF 25 3/4″ x 18 1/2″ (Bottom)
B) 2 – 1×10 @ 25 3/4″ (Drawer Front and Back) (information here on using plywood or MDF for sides)
C) 2 – 1×10 @ 20″ (Drawer Front and Back) (information here on using plywood or MDF for sides)
D) 1 – 1×12 @ 27 1/4″ (Drawer Face) (information here on using plywood or MDF for face)

Cutting Instructions: 
If you are building the open base (most likely, as this is the drawer for it) you can fit the drawer on the same piece of plywood. See step 1.
Step 1: 

Use straight cuts whenever possible and always remember that yours saw blade takes up a certain amount of space so you can't just draw out all your cuts and go. You may need to use a jigsaw to finish your cuts made with a circular saw.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Build the box. Begin by nailing the front and back of the drawer (B, shown in green above) to the bottom (A, shown in plywood above). Keep outside edges flush.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Complete the box. Fasten the sides (C, shown in green above) to the bottom (A) and front and back pieces (B) as shown above.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Attach the drawer with the slides. Use the undermount 18″ slides to attach the drawer box to the cubby. Make sure the drawer slides are installed in a manner where the drawer sits in 3/4″ to leave room for the face. It is always a good idea to mark out where the slide are placed to ensure the slides are installed parallel to the sides of the drawer. Use a square to do this. If the drawer is not installed correctly or built square, it will not slide correctly.
Just a note, I like to install my slides 1″ in from the outside of the bottom of the drawer.

Step 5 Instructions: 

Attaching the face. The easiest way to do this is to flip the entire cubby and drawer on it’s back. Make sure the drawer box is pushed all the way in, leaving a 3/4″ gap from the sides of the cubby to the front of the drawer box.
Then place the drawer face, D, on top of the drawer front. Center the face, creating an equal gap around all sides (this is my very own trick that I have learned from experience. It will center the face on the drawer box). The gap should be approximately 1/8″ all the way around the drawer face.
Using glue and the 1 1/4″ nails, place one nail in each corner area. Don’t forget, the top of the drawer box does not extend all the way to the top of the drawer face (see below).
Then flip the cubby back over, opening the drawer up, and resting back on it’s bottom. From the inside of the drawer, nail through the front of the drawer box into the backside of the drawer face. Be knowledgeable of where you will be placing your handles, and avoid adding nails in that area. This will hide most of your nail holes!

Step 6 Instructions: 

Test out your drawer and adjust as necessary.

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all nail holes with putty and sand. If you are using 3/4″ plywood, you will need to iron on edge banding for any exposed plywood edges. If you are using MDF, paint with primer, and then paint as desired. Finish with varnish or seal as desired. Add the knobs or handles.
Estimated Cost: 
Skill Level: 


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